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Who we help
As the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, the Founder Institute helps founders across several early-stages:
How we help
Since 2009, our proven methodology has helped over 5,000 companies across 6 continents build businesses that matter.
Critical Support Network
Join an Equity Collective of helpful startup mentors and founders that are invested in your success.
Know what to work on, and when, with our proven business-building sprints and structured approach.
Less than 35% of Founders make it through the program because we challenge you every step of the way.
Lifetime of Support
Get access to a lifetime of support programs and partners that far exceeds any comparable program.
Build a company with impact by leveraging the world's largest network of startup founders and mentors
Top mobile content distribution platform in Southeast Asia. Series C funding. Hanoi FI Alum.
The world's largest destination for online courses. 40M+ students, $200M+ funding. Silicon Valley FI Alum.
Europe's fastest growing service to rent your car. $22M+ funding, acquired 2018. Paris FI Alum.
B2B platform that matches investors with African SMEs. $1M+ Funding. Johannesburg FI Alum.
Software for hotel managers to fill rooms with maximum efficiency. $5M+ funding. Madrid FI Alum.
Interactive at-home boxing and fitness equipment. $90M+ funding, used by Olympic boxers. Montreal FI Alum.
The leading online real estate capital marketplace. $85M+ already returned to investor customers. $45M+ funding. Los Angeles FI Alum.
Planetary surface robots for space missions. Part of NASA's commercial lunar payload program. Silicon Valley FI Alum.
Inventory management to help restaurants prevent food waste. Winner of 2021 Greetech Challenge. Oslo FI Alum.
App-connected fertility thermometers. $8M+ funding, acquired 2018. New York City FI Alum.
Online platform for receivables discounting with a cryptocurrency. $41M+ in Funding. Manila FI Alum.
Formerly iCarsClub, StartCar is the leading peer-to-peer car rental service in China. $70M+ funding. Singapore FI Alum.
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Our Global Network
We live in a global society, so the Founder Institute operates across 200+ cities and 6 continents.See our Network
Our Mentors include top Chicago and global entrepreneurs, and they are invested in your success through our 'Equity Collective'.
CEO, Scout Security Inc.
Cofounder & COO, BenchPrep
Founder & CEO, Anshar Labs
Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
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