The Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed accelerator, believes that entrepreneurs can fix the world's problems. 

As such, we have announced a new "Public Health Startup Fellowship" program to inspire and empower entrepreneurs working on solutions to cure, prevent, and mitigate threats to public health. 

Through this program, anyone with a pre-seed startup or idea can apply to any Founder Institute global chapter for free below, and the best applicants will be invited to participate in our Washington DC Fall 2023 program for free ($799 USD value).

The recent COVID-19 epidemic has been both tragic and alarming in the effect it has had upon humanity," says Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute. "We need the best minds in the world working on ways to reduce the prevalence of these health crises for future generations. We also need innovative solutions which support resilient supply-chains, reliable information channels, and help guard us against the complex challenges we confront during these global disasters.

Build the Future with Founder Institute

The Founder Institute helps you get to traction and funding with a support network of startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1.75BN. We create an unparalleled global support network for early-stage founders to impact the present and influence the future through:

  • A combined global community of over 14,000 mentors and thousands of alumni
  • Comprehensive education and structured support programs from the idea stage to the funding/ growth stage
  • Over $3M in Partner Deals and Resources 


Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas.


What to Expect?

To apply for the Public Health Startup Fellowship for the Washington DC Fall 2023 Founder Institute, simply complete your application below. 

After completing the quick application, you will be invited to take our Entrepreneur DNA Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants.  


Apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute's Public Health Startup Fellowship

The Washington DC Founder Institute is not currently accepting applications, but will be soon. 

You can see our currently enrolling chapters at, our full list of cities at, or register below to get notified when there are new startup programs in Washington DC.