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Lead a Chapter

Based in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator with 4,000+ alumni companies across 185+ cities (with an estimated value of over $20B).

Our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful companies, 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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    Local Leader Benefits

    In addition to helping entrepreneurs (and their local economy) prosper, Local Leaders: 

    1. Share financial returns from equity in startups that complete the Founder Institute under your leadership
    2. Build a portfolio of startups that can lead to numerous opportunities in angel investing and venture capital
    3. Utilize a proven methodology to build startups that has helped our companies raise over $950M in funding
    4. Join the world's largest network of startup advisors and investors (14,000+ across six continents)

    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.


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    Our Leaders...

    Our 400+ Local Leaders have a great passion for startups, and helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Local Leaders 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 Alumni...

    The Institute has helped 4,000 Alumni turn their dreams into a reality.

    Our Network...

    The Founder Institute is in 185 cities, 65 countries and has over 14,000 CEO Mentors. Be a part of our global network and help startups in your city.

    Apply to Lead