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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

Realty Mogul Sweeps HATCH Pitch Competition at #SXSW

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-03-11

Realty Mogul, a graduate of the Los Angeles Founder Institute, has been snagging the attention of media and real estate investors since their graduation in the Spring of 2012. Now on the verge of completing the Microsoft Biz Spark Azure program in Seattle, Founder and CEO Jilliene Helman has not only been busy entertaining journalists, but she’s winning major pitch competitions too.

Just this past weekend, the West Coast based startup (which has offices in both Seattle and Los Angeles), took first place at the HATCH pitch competition at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. A relatively new event sponsored by the Houston Technology Center, HATCH drew in hundreds of applicants from around the world, ultimately selecting 12 finalists to pitch on stage. Realty Mogul, which describes themselves as “crowdfunding for real estate” earned their number one spot with an enthusiastic and memorable pitch which judges later described as ‘histrionic’.

Each judge virtually had $1 million to invest across the 12 finalist. In the end, the startup with the most capital ‘raised’ was deemed the winner. Molecule Software, a Houston based company that simplifies trading of stocks for small energy companies landed second, with Austin startup, Taskbox trailing in third. Click here to read Susan Lahey's coverage of the winners on Silicon Hills.

Following their win was a Tech Cocktail article from Stephanie Nguyen, which you can read by clicking here.

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