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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

Grad Profile: @BeforeWeDo puts STD testing in the hands of people

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2013-08-14

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe.

This profile on BeforeWeDo, a graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2013 by Stefan Broda, BeforeWeDo offers STD test kits that enable people to manage their sexual health at home 



As a nation, it’s befuddling how little we speak of and understand about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): the American Sexual Health Association estimates that the direct cost of sexually transmitted infections rack up to a staggering $15.6 annually. 

Startup BeforeWeDo has set out to lower those numbers by making STD testing more private and accessible. Instead of having to locate and go in person for testing, BeforeWeDo users can order test kits through the website and have them delivered directly to their homes. This eliminates the hassle and potential discomfort of having to show up to an STD test. 

Founded in 2013 by Stefan Broda, BeforeWeDo seeks to “empower sexually active people to manage your sexual health at home” by making it easy for people to claim full control over their personal health. 

Currently, the website offers four home testing kits ranging from $39.99 to $159.98 depending on the type of test. Anyone can order kits online and all tests can be completed in the privacy of one’s own home. Results can be received just 20 minutes after performing the test or within 5-10 business days depending on the type of test. 

Last month, BeforeWeDo won the 14th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, beating out over 40 startups from across the globe. The startup also won first place in Startup Weekend Bay Area earlier this year. 

As BeforeWeDo continues to provide private, at-home STD testing for people, it ultimately hopes to foster better-informed individuals by removing the potential embarrassment and inconvenience of in-person testing. 


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