Lead a Chapter

Based in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute is the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator with 3,500+ alumni companies across 180+ cities (with an estimated value of over $20B).

Our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful tech companies worldwide, and we are looking for ambitious Local Leaders to help us realize this mission.

Leading an FI Chapter is a part-time position that allows you to work with a large number of entrepreneurs, share in the value of the companies created, and become part of a global startup network.

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    Globalizing Silicon Valley...

    Silicon Valley is not a place, it's a mindset. The Founder Institute emulates this mindset in cities across the globe with three central tenets: Talent, Training, and Teamwork.

    1. Talent: The Founder Institute identifies the most talented people, using a revolutionary "Predictive Admissions Assessment" that identifies entrepreneurial personality traits.
    2. Training: Aspiring entrepreneurs that are accepted to the program take part in a step-by-step, structured training program based on Silicon Valley best-practices.
    3. Teamwork: All participants in the program share in the equity of the companies formed, which creates a collaborative ecosystem conducive to building great companies.

    To get an idea of the difference you can make in your local startup community through the Founder Institute, read the experience of our Founder Institute Program Manager in Colombia.

    Founder Institute in the News

    Our Leaders...

    Our 400+ Program Managers and Managing Directors have a great passion for startups, and helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Program Managers also tend to have strong connections in the local startup ecosystem, participating in various events and knowing various local startup personalities.

    Alan Colmenares

    Alan Colmenares

    Program Manager of the Bogota, Medellin Founder Institute
    Jeanine Jacobson

    Jeanine Jacobson

    Managing Director of the LA & San Diego Founder Institute.
    Jeffrey Paine

    Jeffrey Paine

    Managing Director of the Singapore Founder Institute.

    Our Graduates...

    The Institute has helped 3,500 Graduates turn their dreams into a reality. We help condition and prepare those passionate about building a technology company with our 3.5 month program that includes our company-building curriculum, expert feedback, and peer support.

    Our Network...

    The Founder Institute is in 180 cities, 65 countries and has over 14,000 CEO Mentors. We have helped launch over 3,500 companies and as we continue to grow, we hope to launch 1,500 more in 2019. Be a part of our global network and help startups in your city.

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