Chicago Fellowships

The Founder Institute offers a number of different Fellowships, providing opportunity for promising founders to launch a company in our idea-stage startup accelerator program, free of charge.

See the list of Fellowships being offered for the Chicago Summer 2016 Semester below, and be sure to apply, get accepted, and enroll by the Early Admissions Deadline of 2016-06-05 to be eligible.

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

The Technical Founder Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant for each semester with a strong technical background, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as a highly technical person with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Founder Institute provides aspiring entrepreneurs the training and step-by-step guidance they need to launch a meaningful technology company.

In order to empower technical "all-stars" to start their own companies and tackle meaningful problems, the Founder Institute awards the Technical Founder Fellowship to the most extraordinary technical applicant from each semester, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Founder Institute for free. Learn more about the Technical Founder Fellowship program here


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Technical Founder Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Application Deadline listed on top of this page. Anyone with a technical background who follows these guidelines will be automatically eligible - no further steps are required. 


Grant: 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 Technical Founder Fellowship.  

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