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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

Thai Agreements


The Founder Agreement v2

The following document is the Founder Agreement. The Founder Agreement provides various protections and benefits, including participation in shared equity upside from their peers, called a "Bonus Pool." Founders must sign Page 9 to enroll in the program. If a Founder has an existing company when entering the program, the Founder must also sign on Page 10 when enrolling, or, when a Founder creates a company in the program, the Founder must sign and upload Page 10.

Learn about joining the Bonus Pool.



Corporate Conversion Agreement

The following document is the Corporate Conversion Agreement that you will need to sign to join the Bonus Pool and graduate from the Founder Institute. The Corporate Conversion Agreement shares economic upside from your company with the Bonus Pool without having to issue any form of equity. This Agreement is used as a substitute for Option or Warrant Agreements that can only be issued by corporations that are more expensive and complicated to set-up. Founders can incorporate simpler and less expensive corporations and join the Bonus Pool with the Corporate Conversion Agreement, and then the company will issue Option or Warrant Agreements when they get larger and change their corporate format to accommodate growth. The majority of the Corporate Conversion Agreement value held by the Institute is for the benefit of Semester participants.



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