Ideas + Applications

Can I submit more than one idea?
This is up to you. FI is more interested in the person, and less interested in the business idea. Founders must select one idea to turn into a company prior...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:45 AM
How does the program’s ideation phase work?
For early-stage founders, founders are broken into smaller working groups by related ideas. These groups are then given specific assignments for refining, r...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:45 AM
Could other participants have similar ideas to mine?
Possibly. Some applicants supply multiple ideas that they intend to pursue, some of which may be similar to yours. That being said, founders in similar spac...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:46 AM
How is our intellectual property protected during the Program? Will somebody steal my idea?
All founders, mentors, and local leaders joining sessions of the Founder Institute have to sign NDAs before participating in the program. Your IP is protect...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:46 AM
How does the application process work?
First, navigate to the join page:  After selecting your city, filling out information about your idea or company, and paying the $10 US...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:47 AM
How do co-founders or teams apply to the Founder Institute?
The Founder Institute encourages founding teams to apply to the program, and a typical cohort contains roughly 40% teams, and 60% solo-founders. When a team...
Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 5:04 PM
What are the application deadlines for the program?
Application deadlines vary by program location. We have an Early Deadline and a Final Deadline. Please visit or to find...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:49 AM
What is the benefit of enrolling before the Early Application Deadline?
If you enroll by the Early Admissions Deadline (, you will be invited to take the Entrepreneur DNA Assessment for free, and you will be eligi...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:50 AM
I applied for a Fellowship. How do I know if I have received one?
Fellowship applications are extended by invitation only. Fellowships are normally awarded at the Early Admissions Deadline and the Final Admissions Dead...
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:53 AM
How do I apply for a fellowship?
Fellowship applications are extended by invitation only. If you are invited to apply for a fellowship, our Admissions team will send you more information.
Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:54 AM