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Proven Results

Leaders of the world's fastest growing companies have used our program to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. The scale of our successful alumni is unprecedented.

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3,100+

Companies
Launched

$700M+

Funding by
Graduates

$20B

Estimated
Portfolio Value

Stronger Together

Through a unique Equity Collective, the Founder Institute creates strong local communities where Graduates, Directors, and Mentors all receive equity in the companies formed. These strong local networks are also connected to a massive global ecosystem that spans six continents.

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11,000

CEO & Founder
Mentors

200

Global
Chapters

25,000

Jobs
Created

Wendy

Wendy Lea

CEO, Cintrifuse

Having delivered business solutions in 30 countries, Wendy Lea brings a worldly point of view to digital innovation and her ent...

Derrick

Derrick Braziel

Co-Founder & Managing Director, MORTAR Cincinnati

Derrick is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of MORTAR Cincinnati, which offers business training support and two pop-up retai...

Casey

Casey Barach

NKY Director, Kentucky Innovation Network

Casey is the Director of Northern Kentucky Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, an Entrepreneur support program that assi...

John

John Bentley

CTO, 10xts

John is co-founder and CTO of 10XTS, a development firm focused on applying blockchain technology across many domains. John has...

Todd

Todd Henderson

Chief Strategy Officer, Harlan-Henderson Consulting

Todd is a growth strategist, startup advocate, business advisor, greater Cincinnati communitarian, and recovering corporate Ame...

Lewis

Lewis Goldfarb

Director of Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic, University of Cincinnati School of Law

Lew is a Professor of Clinical Law, the Director of Clinical Programs, and the Director of Entrepreneurship & Community Develop...

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August 20, 2018

How to Create Great Branding & Customer Acquisition for Funding, with Founder of DivX & CEO of CIENCE

  • John Girard, Joe Bezdek
  • Knobbe Martens, 12790 El Camino Real, San Diego
  • 06:00 PM
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Various Times

WEBINAR: Founder Institute Online Information Session

  • Ryan Micheletti, Jonathan Greechan
  • Online Event
  • Various Times
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August 20, 2018

Reunião VIP para Mentores e para as Startups Aprovadas no Programa de Mentoria

  • Diego Simon, Felipe Novak , Robson Del Fiol, Erik Santana
  • WAYRA BRASIL - UNIDADE SAO PAULO, Rua Martiniano de Carvalho, 851, São Paulo
  • 06:30 PM
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The Founder Institute operates across 200+ cities and 6 continents. We are #FIworldwide, because great companies can be built anywhere.

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