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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

Why Australian Startups Need to Stop Moving to Silicon Valley, according to Adeo Ressi

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-02-03

For the past couple of decades, technology startups have been largely associated with Silicon Valley. However, with FI chapters in over 100 locations around the world, it’s evident that entrepreneurs can successfully launch technology startups practically anywhere on Earth.

One notable ecosystem can be found in Australia, where entrepreneurship has been flourishing in recent years. In response to this massive growth, Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi, has a message for Aussie Entrepreneurs: in lieu of packing up and moving to The Valley, appreciate what you have at home.


According to Adeo; 

First, you have a largely wired and untapped market back home, with generally favourable regulation, a rapidly expanding technology sector and big opportunities in the growing domestic healthcare, transportation, education and government markets.

Secondly, you have an extremely beneficial geographic advantage, having time zone alignment with, and being a short flight from, the world’s largest population (along with several of the world’s fastest-growing internet populations). Small markets can kill good companies and good, large markets can pull mediocre companies into greatness. Being so close to such a massive market is an absolutely huge competitive advantage.

Third, you would be hard pressed to find a faster-growing start-up ecosystem than Australia’s, and this is very important. A lot of people dismiss the notion of an ecosystem, portraying it as a “fluffy” word that doesn’t contribute to actual economic value. But one of the main reasons why Silicon Valley is a hotbed for innovation is the collaborative ecosystem and culture that exists here" - Adeo Ressi

Read the Adeo's full article on Business Review Weekly: Why Aussie start-ups shouldn’t move to Silicon Valley.

If you are looking to launch a company in Australia, then apply to the Founder Institute today. Applications are currently open in SydneyPerth, and Melbourne


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