The Founder Institute is the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator.
Too many aspiring entrepreneurs never start, and too many pre-seed businesses fail,
because they lack expert feedback and proper focus during the earliest stages. In the
Founder Institute, you can build a company alongside a critical support network of local
startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured and
challenging business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $700M.
Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise
funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product,
transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with
chapters across 180 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to
Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build
companies that will create one million new jobs.
The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is
operated out of Palo Alto, California.
Founder Institute Statistics*
• Operations in 180 cities, 60 countries, and 6 continents
• 3,300 Graduate Companies
• An estimated portfolio value in excess of $20B billion
• $700M+ in funding for Graduate Companies, conservatively (and we are just as
proud of the many Graduates that have bootstrapped their way to profitability!)
• 30+ exits or liquidity events
• An estimated 25,000+ new jobs created
• 78% Graduate companies still operating after 2 years
• 11,000+ Mentors worldwide
• > 90% are CEOs or founders
In Bulgaria we are starting the fourth semester with the final deadline to apply 4 th
November at www.fi.co/join
So far through the Bulgarian chapter 80 entrepreneurs have received training and
mentorship and 28 companies have been established.
Press Contact: Milen Ivanov, Bozhidar Georgiev, Anastas Gogov