The Founder Institute, the world's most challenging step-by-step program to start an impactful and enduring company, 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 a full reimbursement on Course Fees to our best female applicants in each city. 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 more than doubled, to a total of approximately 32%. This is more than twice as high as most other startup accelerators, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
- Abidjan 2016
- Amman 2015
- Baltimore Winter 2016 (Exploratory)
- Bangalore Winter 2016
- Barcelona Autumn 2015
- Belgrade Winter 2016
- Buffalo Winter 2016 (Exploratory)
- Chihuahua Winter 2016 (Exploratory)
- Cordoba, Spain Autumn 2015
- Curitiba Spring 2016
- Denver Fall 2015
- Helsinki Autumn 2015
- Ibadan 2016 (Exploratory)
- Indore 2016 (Exploratory)
- Istanbul 2015
- Lagos 2015
- London Winter 2016
- Madrid Winter 2016 (Exploratory)
- Manila Autumn 2015
- Mexico City 2016
- Montreal 2016
- Nairobi 2015
- Orange County Spring 2016
- Panama City 2016
- Penang Winter 2016 (Exploratory)
- Puerto Rico 2016
- San Diego Winter 2016
- San Francisco Winter 2016
- Silicon Valley Winter 2016
- Toronto Winter 2015
- Visakhapatnam 2016 (Exploratory)
- Waterloo Winter 2016 (Exploratory)
We have now graduated over 700 female-led companies across the globe, including including notable companies from across the globe like Realty Mogul, Feetz, Wedding Party, Tapgenes, Skimble, Memetales, Kindara, Enerknol, Rushtix, Cashtivity, Whizmeal, 2RedBeans, GreenKidCrafts, Uplifter, 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 and enrolls 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 the provide them with a full reimbursement on their Course Fee. 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 5 days after the Early Admissions Deadline.
Learn more about the Founder Institute at www.FI.co.