Great Founders Start Here

The Founder Institute is the world's most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses


Build a fundable business with us

FI Core Programs are accepting applications in 70+ cities and verticals worldwide.

A Lifetime of Direction
Starts Here

Whether you just have an idea, are building an MVP, or already have a startup with early revenues, we can help. Since 2009, our highly-structured programs have given entrepreneurs clarity on their next steps, critical feedback on their decisions, and a global network to support their growth.


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Founder Institute Eastern Europe

Apply to the next Eastern Europe Core program and build your business alongside top investors, advisors, and mentors.


Alex M. Dascalu

Lead Director, Founder Institute Eastern Europe

Ivaylo Ivanov

Director, Founder Institute Eastern Europe

Janet Todorova

Head of Expansion, Founder Institute

Simona Irmova

Program Manager, Founder Institute