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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



Sales and Traction

Istanbul Winter 2013 Semester

How do you identify and close your very first paying customers? What are best practices to charge these first paying customers? Should you charge more or less in the beginning? How do you develop a sales funnel or conversion funnel? What are some best practices to track leads and sales? How do you hustle leads and close the first sales, whether business licenses or consumer subscriptions? How do you develop a culture of sales and generating revenues in the early days of a new company?

Start generating traction.
2014-03-06, 07:00 PM


Ari Bencuya
Startup Consultant and Web Analytics Enthusiast

Ari is an Internet Start-up Strategy and Web Analytics Consultant. He served as Ventures Manager at Inventures and Senior Business Analyst, Wireless at MLB Advanced Media in New York City for 4 years. He is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in economics and bus...

Viktor Kuzu
Cofounder, WePeople

Viktor is cofounder of WePeople, a platform to connect brands with weekend people and their needs and desires. He is also the Head of Planning of Guzel Sanatlar Group and cofounder of Blab, an innovative cocreation agency. He is an expert and frequent speaker on marketi...

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