Great Founder's Start Their Companies Here. The Founder Institute is a 4-month curriculum of weekly courses and business-building assignments, so you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder of an enduring company. Each week successful Mentors come in and present on the night's topic with the goal of giving back from their own experiences. We run chapters in over 100 cities. The result has been the founding of 1,850 graduate companies and the creation of 15,000 jobs.