Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship

Veterans and active service members possess the tenacity, fortitude, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies.

To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the "Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship."

As part of this program, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicants will receive a Fellowship to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

The Founder Institute’s commitment to the military community extends far beyond only veterans, but also to the military spouses who supported them along the way. Through our partnership with The Paradigm Switch, we have created the "Paradigm Switch Fellowship" which allows military spouses to take the Founder Institute Program for free.

Applications are currently open for the Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship in any of the U.S. programs below that are before the Early Application Deadline:

To apply for the Fellowship, you must complete your application and enroll by the Early Application Deadline in your city (unless otherwise specified). Recipients of the fellowship will be notified within 5 days after the Early Admissions Deadline.

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To date, several military veterans around the globe have Graduated from the Founder Institute, such as Chris Holloway, a Naval Academy alum and combat-experienced fighter pilot. Chris used the San Diego Founder Institute to launch FatPencil, a online logbook for pilots, and work on an orientation and position sensor tracking hardware project.

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"Even though our veterans possess the work ethic, fortitude, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies, many veterans don't know the first steps to launching a business, or find themselves unemployed. We created the ‘Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship' to encourage more veterans to leverage their amazing skillset towards building their own businesses."

- Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute