Lead a Founder Institute Chapter in Your City

Learn about the application, selection and onboarding process for Local Leaders to lead a chapter of the Founder Institute in their city.

Fully Virtual
Program Dates
Feb 15, 2024 Mar 28, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Entrance Fee
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The Core Experience

Running an accelerator requires a well-structured program & curriculum, access to great mentors, investors and partners. Founder Institute provides you with a platform to run a startup accelerator in your city with just 10 hours of work per week.

1. Apply and Get Invited to Become a Local Leader

(20 min) Tell us about your experience with startups in your ecosystem. Why do you want to run a startup accelerator?
(1 hour) Take our Entrepreneur DNA Assessment which all the Founders in the FI Network take.

2. Build a Team or Join an Existing FI Chapter

(2-4 weeks) Build a strong team, The ideal team has: an operator, an entrepreneur, an ecosystem leader and a marketeer.
(2 weeks) Split roles and responsibilities, identify missing skills. Reach out to your network to grow the team if need.

3. Complete the 7-Week Local Leader Onboarding Program

(7 weeks) Learn how to run an FI accelerator. You become a Local Leader if you successfully complete the onboarding.
(Life-time) Join the Founder Institute network of Founders, Leaders, Mentors and Investors from 100+ countries.

Session Calendar

Below are the dates for the upcoming cohort of new FI Local Leaders to receive training on how to run an FI accelerator:

Feb 15, 2024
08:00am PST
Feb 22, 2024
08:00am PST
Team & Equity
Mar 07, 2024
08:00am PST
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FI Grad Company

From our Silicon Valley chapter, Udemy is the global leader in online learning, with nearly 200,000 courses. The company went public on the NASDAQ in October 2021, raising $421 million.

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The real question is: can the Founder Institute be game-changing for your business? The answer is yes. Without FI, Udemy may have never raised any money.

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Udemy (IPO, 2021)

Join an Online Information Session

Sign up for an upcoming info session to learn more and chat with our team. There are several sessions per week across most time zones.


Our leadership team are proven startup experts who know how to walk you through the challenges of running a startup accelerator.

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Janet Todorova

Head of Expansion @ Founder Institute
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Ryan Micheletti

Head of Global Operations @ Founder Institute
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Simona Irmova

Program Associate @ Founder Institute

FI Launch an FI Chapter Mentors

Build a startup accelerator efficiently using FI's shared infrastructure, resourced & processes. Learn from FI Leaders & build your network.

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Andrew Crawford

Director of Finance & HR @ Founder Institute
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Megan Todd

Head of Admissions @ Founder Institute
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Paloma Lecheta

Regional Director - LatAm @ Founder Institute

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The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,800 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 100 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.

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