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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

Is This the Most Difficult Question From a VC?

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-28

At the 14th Founder Showcase, Slidefish founder Neil Smith knew he would be in for a few hardball questions and some scrutiny from a panel of 5 VC judges. What he wasn't expecting, however, was getting asked one of the toughest questions of his entrepreneur journey.

Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now, and anybody who attends the event has a chance to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press. Get your ticket today!

What happens if Dropbox offers to buy your company for $75 million tomorrow?”

Watch the video below to hear Neil's response, and check out the full article on Startup Smart. Would this the most diffcult question you have ever heard from a judge? How do you balance sounding committed to your idea, yet seem aware enough to identify great opportunities? If this is not a tough question, what is? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment thread below.



For more, make sure to get your tickets to the 16th Founder Showcase, taking place on Tuesday, May 12th in Mountain View. Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage Pitch Competition will feature presentations by technology luminaries Peter Diamandis, Chamath Palihapitiya, and Gabe Zichermann. Tickets are very limited, so reserve your spot today.

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