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Founder Institute Reviews

Founders of some of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to build their team, their product, and to grow their company. Below, you can read some candid reviews of the Founder Institute from those who have gone through the program. Their feedback, experiences, and reviews have helped to develop our program's ever-adapting structure. Also included are alumni profiles, which dive into alumni stories and their startup journeys. 

Insights from Graduates

"I’m a huge advocate of learning all that you can, but at the end of the day, the best form of learning is trying for yourself. The curriculum for FI was solid because it encouraged Founders to put themselves out there."

- Harold Hughes
Founder & CEO, Bandwagon FI Greenville Graduate

"After 3.5 months of FI, I was almost overwhelmed by how many new contacts I had in my startup/tech/innovation network. It really accelerates the early stages of your company with a network that broad."

- Erica Pearson
Co-founder & CEO, Vacation Fund FI Toronto Graduate

"FI helped me build my network when I moved to the U.S. from Turkey in 2008. I didn’t know anyone in Silicon Valley and started from scratch when I arrived. I met one of my co-founders, as well as one of our first angel investors, who was a mentor for the Founder Institute."

- Eren Bali
Co-founder, Udemy FI Silicon Valley Graduate

"Climber Hotel is my third startup and I still needed a working plan that would prevent me from making the same mistakes from the past. FI is exactly that... it saved me months of unnecessary run-around."

- Mario Mouraz
Founder & CEO, Climber FI Lisbon Graduate

"Founder Institute gave me the practical knowledge, skills, business sense, and the network I needed to grow Appota to where it is today. I strongly encourage other startups to join the Founder Institute."

- Do Tuan Anh
Founder & CEO, Appota FI Hanoi Graduate

"Every week they teach you useful things... and, you have to practice pitching every single time. Four months later, I had pitched at least one hundred times, got tons of feedback, and actually tested things with my customers."

- Lucy Beard
Founder & CEO, Feetz FI San Diego Graduate

"I got to see how a successful entrepreneur would run my project and in what order they would do things. The battle’s far from over, but I went from 0.1% knowledge about how to do things to 1.3%... that’s an awesome return on investment."

- Khalil Zahar
Founder & CEO, Hykso FI Montreal Graduate

"FI is awesome for founders who are new to the startup scene since the program takes you through the entire process. The curriculum has allowed me to leave with a systematic and complete methodology of building a startup."

- Evan Wong
Founder & CEO, Checkbox FI Sydney Graduate

"I pivoted my original idea, I worked very hard on my pitch and trained, trained, trained...

If you want to build a startup and don’t know how, the Founder Institute is the right place to be!"

- Amira Boutouchent
Founder & CEO, Bridgr FI Montreal Graduate

Graduate Stories

Read some of our most recent Graduate profiles below.
Grad Profile

Gamerjibe is the Social Platform for Gamers to Build Community

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-30
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Mentessa is the Tinder for Mentorship Matchmaking

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-23
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WISAMI is Simplified HR for a World of Bloated Office Tech Stacks

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-16
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Limestart Digitizes Commerce at Point of Sale for African SMEs

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-06
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Rentit Turns Unused Items Into Unrealized Cashflows for Nigerian Sharing Economy

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-06
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StorkSupply Reduces Waste By Leasing Baby Gear

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-02
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Workmesh Streamlines Flexible Office Workspace Management

By Dustin Betz on 2019-11-02
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Mall IQ Is Seamless Ad Retargeting For the Physical Retail World

By Dustin Betz on 2019-10-26
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Worldbrain Effortlessly Organizes Your Online World

By Dustin Betz on 2019-10-19
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RoboSelf Automates Your Repetitive Tasks Through Robotic Personal Assistants

By Dustin Betz on 2019-10-16
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Anoma Cosmetics is the Beauty Brand for Everyone

By Dustin Betz on 2019-09-14