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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

Founder Institute Launches in 6th Continent, with Newest Chapter in Johannesburg, South Africa!

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-06-17

Today we are excited to announce our newest location, and first location in Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa!  

With this new launch, the Founder Institute now operates across six continents. (Now, if we can just get someone to run an Antarctica chapter, we will have all seven continents covered!)

The Founder Institute is a part-time, four month training program where aspiring entrepreneurs can launch a company with expert feedback and support from experienced startup CEOs, while not being required to quit their day job. In four years of operation, the Silicon Valley-based program has launched over 800 companies across 40 cities worldwide, creating an estimated 10,000 new jobs.

The Johannesburg chapter is just around the corner, as the 4-month program is slated to start on August 12th. The program is open to existing and prospective technology founders of all kinds - with or without an idea, young or old, and with a full-time job or unemployed.

If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Johannesburg, click here to apply. If you apply by the Early Application Deadline on Sunday, July 7th, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free (typically $50), and have the opportunity to receive a discounted Early-Bird course fee as well.

If you would like to learn more, then join a free event we will be hosting in the coming weeks:

The Founder Institute selected Johannesburg for its newest chapter, and first entry in Africa, because the city is a major business centre and gateway for many other countries on the African continent, leading the way in most of the major business and consumer sectors. In addition, the startup community in Johannesburg as a whole is quite fragmented, and the collaborative, mentorship driven approach of the Founder Institute can help create a unifying platform where budding and experienced entrepreneurs can work together to launch great new companies. 

"It's been clear in our research and testing that the part-time nature of our program is particularly suited well for Johannesburg", says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. "Talented IT and business professionals are in high demand in the region, and thus have a very strong support system in the large company realm. We are hoping to provide a support structure for these talented individuals to begin building their own companies, and my goal is to help launch over 20 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in the city."

The Johannesburg Founder Institute will be led by Keith Jones, and Odette Jones. Keith has started and run a number of businesses within the tech-sector since 1997, most recently listing on AIM in London 2009.  His strong understanding of a wide variety of business sectors across Europe and Africa married to his technology expertise and his ability to solution architect has enabled him to successfully bring new product to markets within and outside of South Africa. Odette brings her experience of performance management, coaching and developing senior executives within global listed businesses to the entrepreneurial space assisting Founders with navigating the unique challenges that starting a business brings on both a business and personal level.

Expected mentors of the Johannesburg program include;

  • Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute
  • Alan Burger, Founder & CEO of Infoslips 
  • Anthony Stonefield, Managing Director of Gramercy Venture Advisors
  • Christoph Sollich, The Pitch Doctor
  • Elton Bondi, Founder of the Cyest Corporation
  • Geoff Garrett, CEO of SalesRehab
  • Jonathan Crisp, CEO of IDI Technology Holdings
  • Justin Spratt, CEO of Quirk
  • Michael Prentice, CEO of Silica Holdings
  • Rob Sussman, Founder and Co-CEO of Integr8it Group and Zunguz
  • Warren Van Wyk, Founder of Payspace
  • and many more to be announced

Click here to apply to the Johannesburg Founder Institute today.

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