Future Founders

Future Founders partners with entrepreneurs to advance their businesses in the best way possible through age- and stage-appropriate entrepreneurship programs. We don’t take equity, don’t charge for our programs, and protect new founders from the predatory nature of profit-driven service providers. Instead, we create a supportive, trustworthy rapport that encourages open and honest discussions. We also instill a sense of community and encourage our alumni to give back by mentoring the aspiring entrepreneurs we serve.


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

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Scott Issen
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suit 1212
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 350-0334