The Founder Institute, the World's Largest Startup Accelerator, is committed to narrowing the gender gap in high-tech startups.
In 2011, we introduced the Female Founder Fellowship program, which would allow females to apply to the Founder Institute for free, and also provide free Course Fees to our best female applicants in each city ($1000 value). At the time, only 16% of Founder Institute companies were founded by females.
Since introducing the program, our overall number of female-founded companies has increased over 70%, to a total of approximately 35%. This is more than twice as high as most other startup accelerators, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
- Andalucia Autumn 2014 (Exploratory)
- Bangladesh 2014 (Exploratory)
- Barcelona Autumn 2014
- Beijing 2014 (Exploratory)
- Brussels Autumn 2014 (Exploratory)
- Chicago Autumn 2014
- Denver Autumn 2014
- Istanbul Autumn 2014
- Kabul Autumn 2014
- Karachi 2014 (Exploratory)
- Madrid Autumn 2014 (Exploratory)
- Munich Autumn 2014
- Orange County Winter 2014 (Exploratory)
- Paris Autumn 2014
- San Diego Fall 2014
- San Jose, Costa Rica 2014
- Shenzhen 2014 (Exploratory)
- Silicon Valley Autumn 2014
- Tallinn Autumn 2014 (Exploratory)
- Washington DC Fall 2014
- Zagreb Autumn 2014
We have now graduated over 300 female-led companies across the globe, including notable ones like CakeHealth, Zirtual, Fashioning Change, Realty Mogul, Skimble, Memetales, Ecobold, Kindara, Piggybackr, Wedding Party, Kindara, Writer.ly, and many more.
The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs "learn by doing" and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk. Our goal is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create over 1 million startup jobs.
This is not about providing special treatment - the majority of applicants to the Founder Institute do not get accepted, and this will always be the case because we employ a quantitative Predictive Admissions Test in our application process. This test was specifically designed, and is constantly calibrated, to identify entrepreneurial personality traits and remove all forms of subjective bias. The program is simply designed to grow the number of female applicants, which will ultimately lead to more female-founded technology companies across the globe.
Any female who applies by the Early Admissions Deadline in their locale is automatically eligible for the Female Founder Fellowship. The Institute will then select the most extraordinary, qualified applicant for each chapter, and give them the opportunity to enroll in the program for free ($1000 value). The recipient of the Female Founder Fellowship will be recognized as a female with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur, and they will be notified within one week after the Early Admissions Deadline.
Learn more about the Founder Institute at www.FI.co.