Believing every student can become an entrepreneur, Future Founders empower youth to create their business paths in a diverse ecosystem. The community believes that collaborative learning is the basis for career advancement, and peer support is the key to success.

They offer several programs created to help US-based students and foster inclusion. Inspiring young students with seasoned entrepreneurs' experiences, Future Founders immerse undergraduates in entrepreneurship and connection opportunities.

There are several programs you can ask for, all of them designed for Chicago schools. With in-person retreats, workshops, and online internships, students and young entrepreneurs meet to learn through hands-on activities led by mentors.

To be part of the programs as a leader, you need to contact them and discuss the schedule available.

If your school is not in Chicago, there's a programming option available.

Request a workshop, participate in internships and bootcamps to facilitate resources for your community students.


  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2007
  • Founders:

    Scott Issen

  • Amount of members: 35,000
  • Online Group: No
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • ONG: Yes
  • Method: In Person, Virtual


Join a diverse ecosystem:
Future Founders hold strong equity values and facilitate connections between US students. You'll find a safe place to create and lay on peer support for overcoming future challenges.

21st Century skill-building:
Participate in programs to learn the skills you need to succeed in business. They have partnerships with educational companies, offering high-quality educational programs for each student's age.

Bootcamps and workshops:
Middle and high-school students participate in peer-learning activities to gain confidence for facing their business projects.

Program participation is restricted by age, and the learning path was designed according to students' needs. Students will stay in touch with fellow young people seeking to create new connections and sharp business skills together.

Attend retreats:
Join cohort members in retreats located in Chicago. Learn new skills and meet fellow founders within your community.

Alumni accelerator:
You can participate in post-program opportunities to boost your business idea and turn it into a profitable company.

Accountability and peer support:
Hold accountable and stay motivated in a community of innovative young entrepreneurs. Receive help and feedback to achieve the goals you set.

Work along with experienced mentors and receive personalized guidance.


The educational experience offered by Future Founders is for US-based students, hosting retreats and in-person activities in Chicago. According to your the students' age, the peer-learning dynamic varies:

    • Programs are available for middle school and high-school students.
    • Fellowships and adult workshops are for young entrepreneurs from 18 to 30 years old.



Fellowship members meet in retreats located in Chicago to improve their skills and make new connections.

According to the program you're enrolled in, you'll be part of diverse in-person activities with fellow students.

Learning Events

Focusing on students who don't have the same opportunities, Future Founders work in Chicago to facilitate resources and support. They offer three main educational approaches for middle school, high school, and 18-30 years old youth.

Middle school students participate in in-class entrepreneurship workshops, girls bootcamps, and customized classes.

For high-school students, they offer internship opportunities, along with custom Future Founders workshops.

Young people from 18 to 30 years old have several opportunities to go beyond classes and build their business paths. If you're in this category, participate in bootcamps, startup workshops, competitions, and fellowships. The fellowship is a year-long program designed to accelerate your startup supported by fellow entrepreneurs.

You'll find a community of makers seeking to help each other to become better professionals.

Networking Events

The fellowship program offers networking opportunities in a diverse group of young entrepreneurs. You'll accelerate your personal and professional growth by connecting with like-minded people. Discover volunteer opportunities to work together and bond in entrepreneurship retreats.

Content Library

Discover Future Founders podcast episodes to learn more about the community and gain confidence as an entrepreneur.


Future Founders is a non-profit organization committed to inclusivity within its workplace by hiring diverse professional profiles.

They offer many programs designed to create new job opportunities and give scholarships through partnership.


"A great organization that is working to empower our youth in an amazing way. Future Founders has a great team that provides fun and engaging ways to appeal to our youth while equipping them with entrepreneurial skills." -Candace Chirawu

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