Future Founders provides business support to entrepreneurs aged 18-30. We run two accelerators that are focused on the challenges and demands of their respective startup stages:
The Residency is an innovative idea-stage program that empowers aspiring founders to validate and start their own businesses. We offer workshops in-person in Chicago and virtually for founders across the nation. Bootcamp (Phase 1) is a two-month experiential training on the basics of lean startup methodology. Participants who exhibit traction in building their companies can apply to the Cohort (Phase 2), which includes access to coaching and stipends to focus on their businesses full-time. The Residency runs each spring and fall.
The Fellowship is a selective year-long cohort that supports the top 18 to 30-year-old growth-stage entrepreneurs with across the nation so they can build sustainable companies. Fellows benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurship retreats, a strong peer community, and volunteer opportunities through Future Founders programs.
For students and members of our community we also offer:
- Skill-building workshops at Chicago-area campuses
- U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase brings together the best students from a cross-section of universities in the ultimate pitch competition
- E-Pass is a free, virtual all-access-pass to curated entrepreneurial experiences