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Humanity has united in unprecedented ways to combat the invisible threat of COVID-19.

The global lockdown has given the planet a moment to recover and given our minds the freedom to see beyond our daily routines. We are reflecting on the lives that we lead. We are asking big questions. What can be? What is next? 

Now is the time to build the future we want to see in the world. Rally your community to launch startups that will have a positive impact on the world. Apply to lead a world-class pre-seed accelerator in your city.

Be well, and stay safe, 

Adeo Ressi, CEO, Founder Institute

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    *** To keep people safe and #StopTheSpread, we have moved all FI programs with start dates in 2020 to a virtual format. ***

    Local Leader Benefits

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

    1. Empower Founders to work on things that matter in the post COVID-19 world.
    2. Share financial returns from equity in startups that complete the Founder Institute under your leadership
    3. Build a portfolio of startups that can lead to numerous opportunities in angel investing and venture capital
    4. Utilize a proven methodology to build startups that has helped our companies raise over $950M in funding
    5. 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 4,300 Alumni turn their dreams into a reality.

    Our Network...

    The Founder Institute is in 200 cities, 75 countries and has over 14,000 CEO Mentors. Be a part of our global network and help startups in your city.

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