If you would like to join Tugboat Institute, we’d love to hear from you!

Tugboat Institute is built for Evergreen entrepreneurs, by Evergreen entrepreneurs. It’s a place to LEARN from others but also to SHARE your experiences and insights on business. family, and on life. We ask members to take this pledge..


I am willing to help co-create Tugboat Institute and to advance the Evergreen movement. I look forward to being a part of a safe haven for entrepreneurs devoted to building purpose-driven, profitable, impactful companies at scale that will make the world a better place. I pledge that I will be inclusive, supportive, and transparent with every member, and I will strive to give more than I take. I respect that confidentiality is essential to fostering trust and meaningful relationships. I look forward to convening and conversing with members and with a carefully curated extended network of Evergreen thought leaders and expert advisors. I understand there is no member-to-member soliciting.

Membership in Tugboat Institute is by invitation-only, and preference is given to entrepreneurs who have been nominated by a current member. However, we do accept direct application from qualified candidates. If you meet the member criteria below and are interested in joining Tugboat Institute, please complete the pre-application form below

Note: We review all pre-applications in detail, and look forward to reading yours. Once your application is reviewed by Tugboat Institute Membership Committee, a member of our team will get in touch to discuss next steps.


Applicants must meet these criteria:

  • CEO:Currently CEO of an Evergreen company with a significant ownership stake
  • EVERGREEN:Has evaluated alternatives and made a conscious decision to take the Evergreen path (vs. the venture path or IPO path) and is committed to the Evergreen 7Ps.
  • EXPERIENCED:CEO of current company for 5 years or has prior CEO experience.
  • CAPITAL:Has been bootstrapped, raised equity from friends and family, or secured debt financing. If equity has been raised, it’s important that the equity owners are oriented to participating in the ongoing profits of the private business and do not have a legal right to compel a sale or IPO of the company.
  • FINANCIAL:At least $5M in forward revenue; cash flow positive for 2 years; consistent growth. (There are also a limited number of slots for the entrepreneurs building companies that don’t currently meet these financial criteria but who are extremely promising.)


The annual membership fee will be invoiced once a candidate has accepted an invitation and taken Tugboat Institute Pledge. The membership fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and covers the expenses associated with Tugboat Institute, including the attendee fees for events such as the annual Tugboat Institute Summit, but it does not cover travel or accommodation costs associated with events. There may be additional costs to participate in forums or other special workshops.

If you believe you meet Tugboat criteria click below to begin your pre-application
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