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Founder Institute

Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Size: Boutique
  • Year founded: 2009

About Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, having helped launch over 3,100 companies across 200+ cities and six continents.

The company was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi and his colleague, Jonathan Greechan. The idea for the program spawned from operating, where it became apparent that most entrepreneurs at the idea and launch stages lacked the structure, mentorship, and camaraderie needed to be successful.

News of the launch was announced on TechCrunch, the first Founder Institute curriculum was crowdsourced by over 10,000 CEO members of, and the inaugural program started in May 2009 in a small classroom at Stanford University. There were originally no plans to expand beyond Silicon Valley, but upon receiving immense inbound interest to launch the program in other cities, the Founder Institute began to expand. Today the program operates across 200 + cities and isĀ  localized into 9 languages.

In total, Founder Institute Graduates have raised over $700M and are worth an estimated $20B.

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