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,...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:18 AM
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...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:17 AM
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...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:21 AM
What is the schedule for the program?
To see the full calendar, visit
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:21 AM
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...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:23 AM
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...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:23 AM
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...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:24 AM
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...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:25 AM
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.
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:26 AM
Is the course fee refundable?
The course fee is fully refundable before the "Revenue + Business Models" session of the program so that participants can see if the program is ri...
Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 10:23 PM