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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

Mentor Q&A With Andrew Lee; Every Great Surfer Needs a Great Wave

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-08-26

Learning from someone who has been there, done that, is always huge bonus when starting something new. Having professional insight to the ins and outs of starting up can help aspiring entrepreneurs avoid lethal mistakes, and maybe even get a leg up on the competition.

In this Q&A, top-rated mentor, Andrew Lee, offers some insight into the importance of mentoring new founders and the best piece of advice he ever received.


1. Why is it so important for experienced founders to mentor new founders?

I'll repurpose the famous Madeline Albright phrase: "There is a special place in hell for founders who don't help other founders." In general, I don't think what experienced founders say is all that amazingly insightful and is rarely brand new, but I do think that it needs to be said repeatedly. Because it's at the right moment when a new founder hears that key piece of information at the right time that advice becomes actionable. We're all veterans of different wars, but battle stories are always welcome to new recruits in entrepreneurship.

2. What are the one or two pieces of advice you tell new founders that you wish you knew when you got started?

"Separate the steak from the sizzle." You'll hear people say this, but honestly, build something useful that allows you to keep your organization alive and hopefully thriving. Everything else is just the sizzle (buzz) without steak (substance). In fact, most of it is all sizzle.

3. What is the hardest lesson you had to learn as an entrepreneur?

"When you stare into the abyss, the abyss just states back at you." Nietzsche - The important thing is to bring yourself to the idea and be obsessed as possible and then pull yourself back. That's probably the hardest thing as an entrepreneur.

4. What is the best piece of entrepreneurial advice you ever received?

Every great surfer needs a great wave." This odd metaphor applies so well to so many things. Some people just get lucky. The most important thing is to just focusing on the best surfer you can be. No matter how great of a surfer you are, no one will know unless you have a great wave.


To hear more from Andrew, follow him on Twitter @_AndrewLee.

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