University Partnerships

Accelerate Your Startup Ecosystem with FI

The Founder Institute partners with top universities to build startup ecosystems and create the next generation of entrepreneurs coming out of their institutions.

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An Untapped Opportunity

Universities often have the IP, talent, and infrastructure to foster the next generation of technology entrepreneurs. However, leveraging these strengths to build commercially-viable companies is ripe with challenges.

Misaligned Curricula & Faculty Training

Entrepreneurship is best learned by doing, but most universities have not properly updated their programming to reflect the needs of the market.

Lack of Funding Opportunities

The startup funding landscape has become increasingly specialized, and most universities haven't built an investor network that spans all stages and verticals.

Lack of Scaling Opportunities

To become sustainable, startups require connections to potential partners and customers from beyond just the university alumni network.

How can the Founder Institute Help?

FI has over a decade of experience partnering with universities across the globe, with tailored solutions to solve their most pressing issues.


Exponentially Grow your Ecosystem

Source expertise, partnership opportunities, and introductions from FI's global network of 35,000+ startup mentors, advisors, and investors.

Exponentially Grow your Ecosystem

Build Acceleration and Funding Programs

Launch turn-key accelerator programs to educate and empower your entrepreneurs, and leverage the "FI Venture Network" to tap into hundreds of investors across nearly all verticals and geographies.

Build Acceleration and Funding Programs

Train your Faculty

To ensure sustainable and long-term success, your faculty can join FI's 'Accelerator Lab' training program to learn best practices around community building, acceleration, and venture capital.

Train your Faculty

Identify Entrepreneurial Talent

Find your most-talented innovators using our proprietary 'Entrepreneur DNA Assessment' - a social science test that has collected millions of data points since 2009 and been proven to identify strong entrepreneurs.

Identify Entrepreneurial Talent

About the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, we have helped tens of thousands of employees and new/ idea-stage entrepreneurs validate, test, and launch startups worth an estimated $30BN. Our mission is to activate and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build meaningful technology businesses worldwide

200+ cities
35,000+ Mentors & Advisors
$1.75BN+ in Portfolio Funding
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Innovate with Founder Institute

Contact us to learn more about how we can transform your university's startup efforts

The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 100 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.

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