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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

This Week’s Must Read Articles From Around the Web

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-04-07

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with the FI network.

This week's top articles include advice for staying sane while starting up, becoming the master of your field, and tips for saying 'no' to distractions.

Here are our must read articles for the week of March 31st - April 6th:




1. You don’t have to make yourself miserable to build a great company by Andrew Wilkinson of PandoDaily

One entrepreneur comes clean and explains how he manages to get away with doing the unthinkable in Silicon Valley. 


2. When Is the Best Time to Write Your Business Plan?by Tim Berry of Entrepreneur Magazine

If you're serious about starting your business -- even if you don't have anything down in writing -- you've already started to plan. So how do you find time to write a business plan? You don't. You are always planning. Your plan is never done, but your planning process is your key to good management.



3.  Don’t delay your first Startup to get an MBA degree by Martin Zwilling for The Examiner

I don’t have an MBA. I used to fear that this would put me at a disadvantage in starting my own company, but now I’m convinced that it may be the other way around. In some reputable surveys, as many as two-thirds of entrepreneurs felt that their entrepreneurial spirit was more ingrained than learned, so a specific education level is at least irrelevant.



4. Stop Searching for 'The Next Big Thing:' Tips for Building the Best Business for You by Mike Brooks of Entrepreneur Magazine

As driven as you might be to launch the next Google, Apple or Facebook, the process of identifying a great idea can be intimidating. Many would-be entrepreneurs become so concerned with creating “The Next Big Thing” that they become paralyzed and can’t progress.



5. A scientific guide to saying “no”: How to avoid temptation and distraction by James Clear for Buffer

Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop I found, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life.




6. 20 Hour Workday: 4 Ways to Survive a Startupby Gary Whitehill for ReadWriteWeb

Gary Whitehill (EIR at Startup Weekend) suggests 4 ways entrepreneurs can keep calm and carry on throughout the tumultuous process of starting up.




7. Dominate Your Industry: How to Become the Best in Your Field by Catherine Clifford of Entrepreneur Magazine

The notion of a miraculous genius being born smarter and more capable than the rest of us mere mortals charms our curiosity. Robert Greene, author of the popular The 48 Laws of Power (Penguin, 2000), would disagree. The fascination we have in prodigies, he says, is "bogus. It's completely bogus." Exceptional talent is about hard work, he says. Read on for Greene's tips on becoming the next Steve Jobs.

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