Common Questions

Does the Founder Institute only accept tech companies?
The Founder Institute focuses on technology and technology-enabled businesses. This can include hardware and traditional businesses such as food, eCommerce,...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:18 PM
How is the Founder Institute different from Techstars and Y Combinator?
Seed-accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator typically take a company with a team, live product, and some traction and provide them with operating capi...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:17 PM
Is the Founder Institute a pre-accelerator?
Pre-Accelerators exist to help you get into a seed-accelerator. While many Founder Institute Alumni do go on to seed-accelerators like Techstars, Y Combinat...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:21 PM
What is the schedule for the program?
To see the full calendar, visit
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:21 PM
Where are the Founder Institute Feedback Sessions located?
Virtual Update: To ensure everyone’s health and safety, this program will be held online. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page. When in-person ses...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:23 PM
How much time does the Founder Institute require?
The Founder Institute requires a minimum of 20 hours of work per week, on average. Participating founders are required to join each three-and-a-half-hour we...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:23 PM
How do I complete the Founder Institute?
In order to complete the program, a Founder must join the Feedback Sessions, complete all of the Growth Sprints in a satisfactory manner, and receive satisf...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:24 PM
Do I need to join every FI session?
Joining the sessions is mandatory, however, it is understood that founders may have emergencies, illness, or pre-planned travel that may prevent them from j...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:25 PM
What does the Application Fee for the program cover?
The application fee covers the cost of processing the Entrepreneur DNA Assessment. The fee is non-refundable.
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:26 PM
Is the course fee refundable?
The course fee is fully refundable before the third session (currently Customer Development) of the program so that participants can see if the program is r...
Mon, May 24, 2021 at 5:27 PM