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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

Customer Acquisition is the Biggest Challenge for Startups, Says Founder Showcase Keynote, Keith Rabois

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-03-13

With over a decade of executive experience, 13th Founder Showcase keynote, Keith Rabois is one of the most well-respected entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. His involvement with the “PayPal Mafia”, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square is a subject of fascination for many, as his contributions to some of the most influential companies remains a legacy. With his recent transition to Khosla Ventures, many are surely anxiously awaiting his next big move.

As we count down the days until his address at the March 27th Showcase, we look back to a memorable clip from TechCrunch Disrupt 2011. In this interview with Sarah Lacy (All Things D), Keith discusses what made PayPal so successful and advises new founders on the essentials for building a sustainable company.

“I think starting a company is actually relatively easy these days”, says Keith. “The hard part is getting user attention and building a critical density of talent. At PayPal, that critical density of talent is what allowed for a phenomenal outcome.”

On Wednesday, March 27th, Keith will be speaking on the topic of the “Future of Funding” alongside Chris Dixon, investor at Andreessen Horowitz. Together, these two prominent venture capitalists will address the future of fundraising and weigh in on how they envision investing in the coming years.




Get your tickets now for the 13th Founder Showcase taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at the Microsoft Main Campus in Mountain View.

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