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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

Update: The Winner of the 13th Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competition is: Chamisa

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-03-26

With the CrowdPitch Competition, anyone who purchases a Founder/CEO or table ticket to the Founder Showcase has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press.

No other event gives attendees access to so much.



The winner of the 13th Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competiton is Chamisa. Here is their winning one-sentence pitch; 


My company Chamisa is developing a cloud based computer repair solution to help IT proffessionals save hours of time repairing sick computers by completely automating the process.

Congratulations to Tim Cook and Chamisa, who will get to speed pitch the crowd at tomorrow's event!


There were several great pitches, so this was a hard decision. Honorable mentions include; 

My company, iLobby, is developing a political persuasion platform to help small business and disgruntled voters gain access to high-priced, effective lobbying through crowd funding.

My company, RealCrowd, is developing a crowdfunding real estate platform to help investors purchase pre-vetted commercial real estate investments across the nation leveraging our $3B of industry experience.

The 13th Founder Showcase event is on Wednesday, March 27th in Mountain View, and will feature Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz) and Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures) as Keynote Speakers. 

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