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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

There is No Room for Haphazard Startups, by Joel Espelien

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-03-01

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In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, Joel Espelien outlines his four basic tenants for determining business-worthy ideas. He begins by stating “you have to be the best in the world; there is no room for half-assed startups”.

Joel Espelien is the Chief Business Officer and EVP of Strategy at PacketVideo Corporation, which he co-founded in 1998. He is also a top rated mentor at the Seattle Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Spring Semester.

Joel concludes his talk by explaining the importance of timing. He says an idea is only valuable when it is introduced to the market at the right time and a meaningful trend is present; after all, “trends are the waves that carry ones business”.

If you are interested in meeting with local entrepreneurs like Joel and getting feedback on your next business idea, join us for one of our many free startup events around the world. The Founder Institute regularly hosts pitching bootcamps, idea workshops, and startup networking events for founders in all stages of company development.

Whether you have built and sold multiple companies or are simply interested in learning more about startups, check out our event calendar to attend an event near you. Visit www.fi.co/events for more information.


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