The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.

Since 2009, our highly-structured accelerator programs have helped entrepreneurs at the earliest stages grow quickly, know what to do next, and make connections with the largest community of startup advisors.

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, build a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 100 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.

The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.

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Founder Institute Statistics*

*These statistics are updated frequently, but not in real-time.

  • Operations in 200 cities, 100 countries, and 6 continents
  • 7,000 Graduate Companies
  • An estimated portfolio value in excess of $30BN billion
  • $1.75BN+ in funding for Graduate Companies, conservatively (and we are just as proud of the many Graduates that have bootstrapped their way to profitability!)
  • 100+ exits or liquidity events
  • An estimated 30,000+ new jobs created
  • 72% Graduate companies still operating after 2 years
  • 35,000+ Mentors worldwide
    • > 80% are CEOs or founders

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