Our ground-breaking Equity Collective is a unique business model where Founders and their community share in the financial upside of successful peers - giving back is literally written into our process.
When you become a Founder Institute Alum, you become part of our Equity Collective, a model of sharing that allows your local community and YOU to be part of your cohort’s future success. Our idea-to-exit support is made possible by sharing in the financial upside of our Alumni.
More than just a series of classes, FI is invested in your success and your community’s success by literally aligning our business model with your company’s achievements for the long term.
About halfway through each program, companies pledge 4% of their future equity in the form of a Warrant.
From that 4% share, any future financial returns from a liquidity event (for example, an IPO) are distributed back to those who helped you, with 75% returned to your local ecosystem to continue the cycle of support.
There are several benefits to the Founder Institute's Equity Collective model.
Reduced Program Fees
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The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 5,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.5 billion in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 90 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.