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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



Vision and Ideas

Istanbul Winter 2013 Semester

What is a good idea? How do you come up with good ideas? Does passion matter with ideas? How can you tell what you are passionate about? How do you translate your passion into one or more business ideas? What basic tools should every Founder have from the start? What tools should Founders use to develop their ideas in the beginning? How does being a Founder align with personal goals, objectives and vision?

Develop a set of strong ideas.
2013-12-05, 07:00 PM


Ekim Kaya
CEO & Cofounder, Botego

Ekim Nazım Kaya, called a “visionary” by “Fortune Turkey“ (http://goo.gl/z5YGl), mentioned among '50 Digital Turks' by Infomag (http://goo.gl/XPhDF), featured on “Forbes Turkey” (http://goo.gl/X8Nri) and listed as one of the 'Conversation Leaders' and 'Most Active Users' ...

Nevzat Aydin
CEO, Yemeksepeti.com

Nevzat is CEO and cofounder of Yemeksepeti.com, the leading online food delivery company in Turkey and the region with 40,000+ orders daily. Nevzat was selected as an “Endeavor Entrepreneur” in 2007 and as the “The Most Successful Young Entrepreneur in Turkey” by CNBC-...

Emrah Yalaz
Cofounder, Surfio

Emrah Yalaz is a consultant, trainer and product architect. Between 1998 and 2009, he worked as the head of a product group who designed, built and launched software products focused on data analytics, solving large quantitative problems rapidly, handling the life-cycle o...

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