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founder (noun) one who establishes an organization, business, institution, etc..
The founder of a school is the person who establishes it. The founder of a company is the one who starts it with his own investment and effort and runs it. The founder of a dynasty is the first ruler in the family of rulers of a kingdom. The founder of a nation is the person who gives it its identity.
- Henry Ford was the founder of the famous automobile company Ford Motors Inc. which he began as a small company mass-producing small cars at a low cost.
- The founders of the Apple Computer Company were two young men who started the company with a very small investment.