I  The Founder Institute


     Office Locations:

548 Market St., #30380
San Francisco, CA 94104



  • Seed



  • Information Technology



    The Founder Institute is a technology pre-seed incubator founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 33 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 companies in 5 years. The program identifies high-potential entrepreneurs using predictive social science testing, and then guides them through weekly company-building sessions featuring a network of over 700 CEO Mentors. A four-month program with a unique shared-equity structure, Founder Institute provides weekly meetings with mentor CEOs on topics designed to improve company-building. Unlike incubators such as TechStars or Y-Combinator, which take small equity stakes in companies that participate, Founder Institute divvies up equity among all its participants. Each company that participates in the Founder Institute will contribute 3.5 percent in stock warrants into an equity pool that is shared among all the participants and mentors. The Founder Institute does not provide office space and to date has graduated 415 companies in 21 cities worldwide.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

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    Adeo Ressi CEO


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