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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

3 Reasons Why a Non-Technical Founder Should Learn How to Code

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-09-19

In this post, Learnemy founder, Elisha Tan, explains why she believes non-technical founders should learn to code. This article originally appeared on Tech in Asia, and has been republished below:

"I started Learnemy with zero programming knowledge and didn’t manage to find a suitable technical co-founder. And so I picked up programming."

The issue on whether non-technical founders should pick up programming has been widely discussed. Some reasons why non-tech founders shouldn’t code is that the founder’s job is to inspire others, and that the backbone of a successful startup is not just coding.

My take?

You should learn basic programming skills, but you don’t need to become your own CTO

By basic I mean to say that you know how to edit and push your codes onto the server. You roughly know what a piece of code is supposed to do and, most importantly, you get the confidence and aren’t afraid that you will break something if you touch the code.

Here are three main reasons why you, the non-technical founder, should learn how to code:

1. You will be able to fix non-tech related codes

While your programmers or CTO are fighting bugs that affect the user experience, it is really counter-productive to say, “hey I don’t like what this email says. Here’s the updated write up, can you change it for me?” Not just typos or text-related fixes, other aspects of coding that are not related to technical features include minor design-related fixes (changing the font-sizes, colour or layout using CSS and HTML), and SEO-related fixes (making sure you have the right link structure and keywords).

2. Test out ideas quickly

It is true that code is not the most important thing in a startup. But as a founder, you get to understand first-hand your users’ problems and what kind of possible solutions they need. Knowing how to code means that you will be able to test out these different ideas cheaply and quickly, therefore saving you both time and money. I coded a simple website back in 2011 to test out Learnemy before hiring someone to build the entire app. Knowing how to ship helped me learn quickly and cheaply whether an idea is worth the money to code.

3. Understand realistic timeline

Knowing how to code helps you in making startup decisions. Knowing how long a feature takes to be created will ultimately affect how feasible the feature is. And who makes the decision on what needs to be built? The founder.

This is even more so important when you are outsourcing your product. You will need to understand how long coding takes so you can know if the contractor is taking more time than he should. Remember, every day delayed costs an opportunity. It could be missing sales, traction, or even being out-hustled by your competitors.

Where to learn programming?

There are many ways you can learn programming – paid online courses, hiring a programmer to teach you how to code, or learn from free online resources. If you want to start with online resources, check out this list I’ve compiled a list of 25 sites where you can learn programming for free."


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