Founder Institute Reviews

We help entrepreneurs at many stages

Whether you are validating your ideas, building your first product, or raising funding, we can help. Since 2009 we helped more than 6,500 Founders across 95+ countries, and here's what they have to say about the Founder Institute.

Founders Who Validated Their Idea with FI

You are guaranteed to get an amazing network and learn how to pitch your company to tech leaders. After 16 weeks I was overwhelmed by how many new contacts I had that were willing to help. Having a large network really accelerates the early stages of your company.

Erica Pearson
/ Vacation Fund

Employee vacation saving platform

Region
Toronto
Industry
FinTech
Accepted to Techstars Chicago and received $150,000 in funding

If you want to launch a company, Founder Institute is the right place to be! I pivoted from my original idea, kept training and refining my pitch.

Amira Boutouchent
/ Bridgr

Access qualified digital transformation suppliers

Region
Montreal
Industry
Digital Transformation
Raised $100,000 from Angel Investors

The Founder Institute was instrumental in helping us understand how to validate our idea in the market, and helped us develop the entrepreneurial mindset required to build a startup.

Renato Paquet
/ Polen

Helps ecommerce stores communicate social impact

Region
Rio de Janeiro
Industry
GreenTech
Raised over $200,000 in Funding

Founders Who Went to Market with FI

How far we moved the needle every week was tremendous: from building a go-to-market or refining our pitch deck. You start to understand how all theses pieces come together and what it really takes to build a company.

Taj Adhav
/ Leasecake

Lease management platform for commercial properties

Region
Silicon Valley
Industry
PropTech
Raised over $17M in funding

Oddbox wouldn't exist without the Founder Institute. FI gave me the structure I needed to take Oddbox from idea to a MVP but also pushed, challenged and guided me through the steps, insecurities and excitement of building an impact-led business.

Emilie Vanpoperinghe
/ Oddbox

Fruit and vegetable box subscription service

Region
London
Industry
EnviroTech
Raised over £20M in funding

FI's content and structure were extremely helpful to learn everything in a step by step manner. It saved me a significant amount of time and prevented me from making a lot of mistakes!

Purva Gupta
/ Lily

Customer intent platform for e-commerce

Region
Silicon Valley
Industry
eCommerce
Raised over $14M in funding

Founders That Got Product Market Fit in FI

I joined FI to understand how I should structure my business, and learn things like building a go to market, pitching and fundraising. The biggest value was being able to access a global network of mentors that can give me critical feedback.

Charlie Chandra
/ DotX

HCM & employee disbursement platform for enterprise

Region
Singapore
Industry
Fintech
Raised funding from Loyal VC

FI's acceleration program was difficult but helped me prepare for the life of being an entrepreneur and what it takes to launch a successful startup. The support from the local leaders, mentors and ecosystem partners allowed us to successfully close our first round

Renata Redondo Bonaldi
/ SleepUp

Offers personalized and clinically validated therapeutics for sleep

Region
Sao Paulo
Industry
HealthTech
Raised over $360,000 in funding

Joining FI was the best decision I ever made for my business.

Alexei Marchenkov
/ Bleximo

Building a new type of computing system

Region
Silicon Valley
Industry
Quantum Computing
Raised $1.5M shortly after graduating

Founders That Scaled Their Business with FI

I cannot thank FI and its mentors enough for helping me go from idea to launch and now a seed round! Their programs really push you to towards your goals. The mentors at FI were always available for help and support: from reviewing cap tables to strategizing about launch. Without FI it would have been difficult to scale!

Swathi Arulguppe Nagendra
/ BetterMeal AI

AI generated personalized nutrition plans

Region
Silicon Valley
Industry
HealthTech
Raised $100,000 while being enrolled in FI

Founder Lab gave us the fundraising process, focus, and structure, and we were introduced to potential investors.

Jules Hinves
/ ALL IN

Manage your social planning in one app

Region
London
Industry
eCommerce
Raised $40,000 while being enrolled in FI

The biggest challenge I had during fundraising was explaining our value proposition. It was complicated. The advice I got around everything from FI was spot on!

Ernest Chan
/ Predictnow.ai

Computes the probability of profit for a trader's investment using machine learning

Region
Toronto
Industry
FinTech
Raised $500,000 after completing FI

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