Supported by Innov’i, Expertise France, Founder Institute Tunisia (fi.co), the largest pre-seed accelerator in the world, is accepting applications for its 9th cohort, starting on September 15th.
After successfully closing 7 cohorts, and soon to be celebrating the graduates of the 8th cohort, Founder Institute Tunisia is happy to welcome a new army of early-stage entrepreneurs.
Since 2009, the program’s structured global accelerator has helped over 6,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 95 countries, its mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.
Joining the Founder Institute program will be able to:
Make years of progress in just four months through our proven, business-building Growth Sprints, silicon-valley-based methodology.
Receive constant feedback and advice from experts through our live Weekly Feedback Sessions, Office Hours, and Working Groups.
Get the push and accountability you need through weekly ratings, 360-degree reviews, and aggressive milestones.
Expand your network and connect with entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors – both locally, and globally.
Who Can Apply?
- Technology and technology-enabled businesses. This can include hardware and traditional businesses such as food, eCommerce, and brick and mortar, so long as the business has the ability to scale through technology.
- Team or solo founders who have a startup idea or a testing a prototype/ MVP
- Founders with a Live product with customers, some revenue.
7th Cohort in numbers:
The Founder Institute program is known to be challenging, hence the 7 cohort was kick-started with 27 founders, however, only 7 determined entrepreneurs made it to the graduation day.
One of these graduates, John Jang, founder and CEO of PENGGUIN, who won the 10k TND Cash prize as “the Best Startup of the Cohort”.
Founder Institute is also the perfect place for female tech founders, thanks to the female founder initiative, over 40 % of the program startups are led by women. Hence, in order to create more opportunities for women to build successful companies, the accelerator offers a fully funded fellowship for the women who secure the best scoring in the entrepreneur DNA Assessment.
The program has a prestigious portfolio of alumni who have raised over $1.75BN in funding., to name a few:
- Udemy, is the global leader in online learning, with nearly 200,000 courses. The company went public on the NASDAQ in October 2021 (UDMY), raising $421 million.
- Locally, there is Wattnow, a Tunisia-based IoT energy management solution, who have closed a $1.3 million pre-Series A funding round. Learn more.
How does the application process work?
- First, navigate to the join page. You need to pass the Entrepreneur DNA Assessment. Learn more about Founder Institute’s admissions process.
- If you want to benefit from the early fees, apply before July, 31.
- You can also join Founder Institute’s upcoming public event to ask your questions and interact with guests and panelists.
This program is part of EU4Innovation, a project by Innov’i Expertise France, sponsored by the European Union
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