Could you use expert training and feedback to take your idea to the next level?
TechStars applicants can apply to the Founder Institute for free ($50 value), and the best applicants will get Fellowships to participate in the world renowned training program.
What is the Founder Institute?

The Founder Institute is the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. For aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, building a co-founding team, and more.

How are we different?
  • Sessions meet once a week at night, so you can participate in your spare time.
  • We accept solo founders or teams, and business or technical founders alike.
  • We are truly global, operating in over 200 cities and six continents, with over 9000 mentors and startups.
  • All program participants receive equity upside from the companies launched in each program.
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Featured Graduates

"It's like getting a industry-specific MBA custom tailored to your business in 4 months. They don't bother with theory, only the real substance behind actual steps to success."
–Branden Spikes, Founder of & FI Graduate
"The Founder Institute is a radically new idea in itself. This is entrepreneurship at a tremendous scale."
–Aaron Patzer, Founder of & FI Mentor
"The program was like drinking from a fire hose. The experience was invaluable and connected me to a network of brilliant advisers and mentors that taught me what I needed to know."
–Adriana Herrera, Founder & CEO of GrandIntent & FI Graduate