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Founder Institute FAQ
Founder Institute Overview
The FI Methodology
Who We Help
Is the Founder Institute Right for my Business?
How We Help
Does the Founder Institute only accept tech companies?
How is the Founder Institute different from Techstars and Y Combinator?
Is the Founder Institute a pre-accelerator?
What is the schedule for the program?
Where are the Founder Institute Feedback Sessions located?
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Ideas + Applications
Can I submit more than one idea?
How does the program’s ideation phase work?
Could other participants have similar ideas to mine?
How is our intellectual property protected during the Program? Will somebody steal my idea?
How does the application process work?
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What is a typical Feedback Session like?
Do founders need to quit their day job?
Can I find a co-founder in the program?
What is the Founder Institute’s graduation rate?
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Equity Collective (2022 Updates)
What is the Equity Collective?
Why Shared Equity?
Do I need to join the Equity Collective?
How are funds distributed?
What triggers a distribution?
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What is a Warrant?
Why Do I Sign a Warrant for Founder Institute?
Why a Warrant and not equity?
Will you own 2.5% of my company right after graduation?
When is the Warrant activated?
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Post Program Support
How does the Founder Institute select Mentors?
How do founders get paired with mentors?
How do I apply to be a Mentor?
How can I become a Local Leader for a program near me?
Can I apply if I am not planning to raise money?
Can I apply if I am already fundraising?
How will founders interact with investors?
Are investors turned off by the Class F stock and Equity Collective?
How much money should participating founders plan on raising?
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Virtual Program FAQ
General Questions and Information
Latest Graduate News
FI 50: Fastest Growing Companies
FI 50 | Fastest Growing Companies in the EMEA Region: 2022
Founder Institute Reviews
How can I partner with FI?
Partners of FI
What is the Entrance Agreement?
Do I Join the Equity Collective when I Sign this Agreement?
Do I Still Owe Equity (in the form of a Warrant) if I Drop Out?
Why Can a Company I Form Before/After the Program be considered "Formed during the program"?
Why is Collateral Security in the Agreement?
Will the Founder Institute help me incorporate?
Do I need to be working with a law firm now?
Do I need to use the Founder Institute’s legal partner?
Am I required to incorporate in my home country?
What if I can’t incorporate due to work, unemployment, or visa conflicts?
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