The Founder Institute serves to “globalize Silicon Valley” by “providing high-potential entrepreneurs with expert training, critical objective feedback, and peer support in the early stages of building a company,” according to the website. The Founder Institute offers a four-month program that covers various topics critical for startups, from Startup Legal Issues to Fundraising. The Founder Institute also has a unique Graduate Liquidity Pool, which allows graduates to share peer success. Unlike most other accelerator programs, FI does not require founders to quit their day jobs.
- Amount invested in each company: Roughly 1/3 of companies are funded at an average of $200,000
- Number of companies per class: 25-40
- Equity: 3.5 percent is contributed to the Graduate Liquidity Pool