An organization is all about the people who are a part of it. For Tugboat Institute, it’s the Evergreen CEO or President: experienced leaders with the vision, creativity, resourcefulness, patience, and grit to build and scale a market leading, impactful business that can stay private indefinitely. Entrepreneurs and leaders who understand that building a great business takes time and means treating employees fairly, serving customers well, reinventing oneself and one’s business, and sharing in the success. These are the heroes we are dedicated to serving.

Our goal is to be an unrivaled resource for Evergreen CEOs and Presidents. Above all else, Tugboat Institute is a platform for members to help each other — with advice, expertise, guidance, and support.

Like to join? We’d love to hear from you.

The 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:

The Tugboat Membership Pledge

I am willing to help co-create the Institute and to advance the evergreen movement. I look forward to being 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 applications from qualified candidates. If you meet the member criteria and are interested in joining Tugboat Institute, please complete the pre-application by clicking on the button below.

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

Terms and Conditions

The annual membership fee will be invoiced once a candidate has accepted an invitation and taken the Tugboat Institute Pledge. The membership fee is non-refundable 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.