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Founder Institute Fellowships

The Founder Institute offers a number of different Fellowships, providing opportunity for promising founders to launch a company in our startup accelerator program, free of charge.

See the list of Fellowships being offered for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester below, and be sure to apply by the Early Admissions Deadline of 2013-02-03 to be eligible.

The VentureVillage Pitch Fellowship will be awarded to the best pitches on the VentureVillage Founder Hotseat Webinar, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Berlin or Munich Founder Institute programs for free. The recipients will be recognized as people with a great idea, and the potential to become a succesful technology entrepreneur.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the VentureVillage Pitch Fellowship for the for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must be selected as a top pitch during the VentureVillage Founder Hotseat Webinar Event (register here), and meet the minimum requirements on the Founder Institute's Predictive Admissions Test.

Grant: The recipient of the Fellowships will be awarded during the webinar.

Click here to register for the webinar.


The Deutsche Startups Fellowships are awarded to the most extraordinary applicants from the Deutsche Startups community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Berlin or Munich Founder Institute for free. The recipients will be recognized as people with the utmost potential to become a succesful technology entrepreneur.

The Founder Institute is excited to partner with Deutsche Startups, which supplies information on news on the domestic internet start-up scene on a daily basis. The winners of the Deutsche Startups Fellowships will be recognized as people with the utmost potential to become a succesful entrepreneur. 

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Deutsche Startups Fellowship for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must apply using this link, and complete your Admissions Test by the early Admissions Deadline of 11:59 PM on 2013-02-03. Anyone who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required.

Grant: The recipients of the Deutsche Startups Fellowships (one for Berlin, and one for Munich) will be awarded within 72 hours after the Early Admissions Deadline.

Click here to apply for the Deutsche Startups Fellowship.


The Wayra Fellowships are awarded to the most extraordinary applicants from the Wayra community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Munich or Berlin Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a succesful technology entrepreneur.

The Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering strong local startup ecosystems across the globe - Wayra,  Telefónica Digital's global startup accelerator. The winner of the Wayra Fellowship will be recognized as a member of the Wayra community that has the utmost potential to become a succesful entrepreneur.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Wayra Fellowships for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must apply using this link, and complete your Admissions Test by the early Admissions Deadline of 11:59 PM on 2013-02-03. Anyone who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required.

Grant: The recipients of the Wayra Fellowships (one for Berlin, and one for Munich) will be awarded within 72 hours after the Early Admissions Deadline.

Click here to apply for the Wayra Fellowship.


The Datageeks Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Datageeks community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Munich Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as someone with the utmost potential to become a succesful technology entrepreneur.

The Founder Institute is excited to partner with Datageeksan organization for technologists to learn about machine learning, natural language processing, large scale data analytics using open source tools such as Hadoop MapReduce, NoSQL databases, data visualization and open data. The winner of the Datageeks Fellowships will be recognized as someone with the utmost potential to become a succesful entrepreneur. 

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Datageeks Fellowship for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must apply using this link, and complete your Admissions Test by the early Admissions Deadline of 11:59 PM on 2013-02-03. Anyone who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required.

Grant: The recipient of the Datageeks Fellowship in Munich will be awarded within 72 hours after the Early Admissions Deadline.

Click here to apply for the Datageeks Fellowship.


The Microsoft BizSpark Fellowships are awarded to the most extraordinary applicants from the BizSpark community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Founder Institute for free. The recipients will be recognized as people with the utmost potential to become a succesful technology entrepreneur.

The Berlin and Munich Founder Institute are excited to partner with a program that shares our goal of helping early-stage entrepreneurs: Microsoft BizSpark, which provides software, support, visibility, and community to over 50,000 entrepreneurs worldwide. The winners of the Microsoft BizSpark Fellowships will be recognized as members of the community that have the utmost potential to become a succesful entrepreneur.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Microsoft BizSpark Fellowship for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must apply using this link, and take the Admissions Test, by the early Admissions Deadline of 11:59 PM on 2013-02-03. Anyone who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required.

Grant: The recipients of the Microsoft BizSpark Fellowship (one for Berlin, and one for Munich) will be awarded within 72 hours after the Early Admissions Deadline.

Click here to apply for the BizSpark Fellowship.


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

The FFF is part of the Founder Institute's ongoing effort to surpass 30% of female-led companies graduating from the program. When we announced the program in 2011, 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 increased 62%, to a total of 26%. This is more than twice as high as most other incubators.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Female Founder Fellowship for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must complete your application and Admissions Test by the early Admissions Deadline of 11:59 PM on 2013-02-03. Any female who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required.

Grant: The recipient of the Female Founder Fellowship will be awarded within 72 hours after the Early Admissions Deadline.

Click here to apply to the Founder Institute.


The Applicant Distinction Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant for each chapter, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a succesful technology entrepreneur.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Applicant Distinction Fellowship for the Warsaw Spring 2013 Semester, you must complete your application and Admissions Test by the early Admissions Deadline of 11:59 PM on 2013-02-03. Anyone who follows those guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required.

Grant: The recipient of the Applicant Distinction Fellowship will be awarded within 72 hours after the Early Admissions Deadline.

Click here to apply to the Founder Institute.

Other Fellowships may become available, depending on your location. Check back here for updates. 

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