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Female Founder Fellowship

The Female Founder Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary female applicant for each semester, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as a female with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Founder Institute is committed to narrowing the gender gap in high tech startups. When we announced the Female Founder Fellowship program in 2011, only 16% of Founder Institute companies were founded by females. Since then, the results of this program have been astounding, as our overall number of female-founded companies has more than doubled, to a total of approximately 33%. This is more than twice as high as most other startup programs. Learn more about the Female Founder Fellowship program here


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Female Founder Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Deadline listed on the top of this page. Any female who follows these guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required. 


Grant: The Female Founder Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary female applicant for each semester. The recipient will be awarded and notified within 5 days after the Early Admissions Deadline, and they will receive a full refund on their Course Fee within 1 week of the program start date. All applicants will be notified via email when the Fellowships are awarded.


Click here to apply for the Female Founder Fellowship


Our 150+ Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute - providing the passion, dedication, and support that has helped launch over 1000 businesses across the globe. Apply to be a Founder Institute Director here, or see our current Founder Institute Directors below:

Founder Institute Global
Atlanta
Bangalore
Bangkok
Barcelona
Berlin
Bogota
Brussels
Chicago
Denver
Hanoi
Helsinki
Ho Chi Minh City
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jakarta
Kuala Lumpur
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Madrid
Medellin
Moscow
Munich
New York City
Paris
Perth
Portland
Rijeka
Rome
San Diego
San Francisco
San Juan
Santiago
Seattle
Silicon Valley
Singapore
Sydney
Tel Aviv
Warsaw
Washington D.C. 
Zagreb

Founder Institute Global

Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
Jonathan Greechan, Partner, Founder Institute
Cindy Ressi, Operations Manager, Founder Institute
Jean Wong, Operations Associate, Founder Institute
Andrea Chen, Graphic Designer, Founder Institute
Diane Ding, Head of Admissions, Founder Institute
Mark Montalban, Operations Associate, Founder Institute
Ben Larson, Regional Success Manager, Founder Institute
Hercules, Chief Morale Officer, Founder Institute

Atlanta

Praveen Ghanta, Co-Founder, HiddenLevers
Prem Bhatia, Co-Founder at Cooleaf

Bangalore

Naveen Lakkur, Co-founder and DirectorCompassites Software Solutions
Srikanth Bhagavat, MD, Hexagon Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

Bangkok

Benjamin Ranck, CTO, Jetabroad
Charle Charoenphan, MD, Hubba Co., Ltd.
Krating Poonpol, Strategic Advisor to CMODTAC

Barcelona

Oriol Bes, CEO of Startup Catalyzer
Urs Rothmayer, Business Partner Appsbuilder & Startup Advisor

Berlin

Sascha Karstadt, Founder of CarvingDreams
Didier Vermeiren, Founder of SmartCheckups

Bogota

Alan Colmenares, Founder of SuperTrendi

Chicago

Jason Jacobsohn, Startup Advisor

Denver

Adam Swiecki, Founder of Swiecki Enterprises
Jim Franklin, CEO of SendGrid
Gary Gaessler, VP at Cloud Elements

Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Quang Mai Duy, Founder & CEO of Biaki.com
Cong Tran, Vice Director of TOPICA Accelerator
Tuan Pham, Serial Entrepreneur

Helsinki

Petri Lehmuskoski, Co-Founder of Gorilla Ventures

Honolulu

Brent Kakesako, Executive Director, HACBED
Russel Cheng, Co-Founder, Dev League LLC

Istanbul

Kutlu Kazanci, Co-Founder of WeDecide

Jakarta

Andy Zain, CEO of PT Numedia Global
Novistiar Rustandi, Serial Entrepreneur
Sanny Gaddafi (SaGad), Founder of FUPEI

Kuala Lumpur

Heislyc Loh, Founder, StartupMamak
Tzu Ming Chu, Director, Persuasion Technologies Sdn Bhd

Lima

Marcos Polanco, CEO of iCare Medical

Madrid

Enrique Hormigo, Professor at EOI Business School
Miguel Galera, CEO of Grupo IntegralCom
Gonzalo Ortiz, Co-Founder at Inception Capital

Medellin

Alan Colmenares, Founder of SuperTrendi

Moscow

Maria Adamian, Curator at Digital October Center
Peter Tatischev, Curator at Digital October Center

Munich

Jan Kennedy, Founding Partner, Menura UG

New York

Gabe Zichermann, Editor of Gamification.CO

Paris

Alain Baritault, Correspondent for PC Expert Magazine
Pierre Beyssac, Founder of Gandi.net

Perth

Claire Robertson, Consultant at Evantage Ltd.
Rijeka
Niksa Tomulic, Founder, kompare.hr
Marjeta Tomulic Vehovec, CLO, Kompare Online

San Diego & Los Angeles

Jeanine Jacobson, Co-Founder of FounderList

San Francisco

Russ Klusas, Co-founder, TradeCraft
Misha Chellam, Co-founder, TradeCraft

San Juan

Marcos Polanco, CEO of iCare Medical
Ramphis Castro, Founder/CEO of TainoApp

Santiago

Gonzalo Illesca, Manager of First Tuesday Americas
Pablo Ambram, CEO of AgentPiggy.com

Seattle

Diane Najm, Founder, PhotoPad
Maria Dykstra, Co-Founder at TreDigital

Silicon Valley

Misha Chellam, Co-Founder of Scanadu

Singapore

Jeffrey Paine, Golden Gate Ventures
Alvin Yap, Founder & CEO, TheMobileGamer

Sydney

Benjamin Chong, Director of Jetabroad.com

Tel Aviv

Alicia Ismach, Co-Founder & EVP BD at SeerGate
Yossi Dan, Director of EMEA, Co FoundersLab

Washington DC 

Cynthia Traeger, CEO of Pacific Siren International LLC
Dede Haskins, Independent Consultant

Zagreb

Vladimir de Franceschi, Founder of De Franceschi & Shefayee
Vanja Andric, Business Development Manager at Clover Studio
Marjeta Tomulic Vehovec, CLO, Kompare Online

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