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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

The Founder Institute has Launched 1,003 Companies in just 4.5 Years. Here’s How [Infographic]

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-10-09

This past weekend, we announced that the Founder Institute has surpassed 1000 graduate companies (the story was covered by Anthony Ha on TechCrunch here). In total, we have launched 1003 companies across 55 cities, 30 countries, and 6 continents, and these companies have created over 10,000 jobs and have an estimate portfolio value of $5 billion.  

What most people don't know is that the Founder Institute is only 4.5 years old (it was founded in April of 2009), and employs just 8 full-time (and very hard working) staff in a small office in downtown Mountain View, CA. Like the startups we help build, the Founder Institute is incredibly lean, we work long hours, our days are fueled by caffeine, our nights are fueled by wine, we have an office dog to cheer us up (Hercules), and we often do quirky things to keep us amused (ask us about our "Launch Gong"). 

So, how have we launched 1003 companies?  Well, first, we have an amazing worldwide network of Local Directors who organize the local chapters, and they are undoubtedly our greatest asset as an organization. Next, we have an equally amazing network of over 3000 mentors who have built startups before and provide our founders with invaluable training and feedback. Then, we mix these two elements with talented aspiring founders, and create an environment where new founders can be successful.

When you put smart people together in a structured environment where everyone's interests are aligned, amazing things happen. We like to call this "Globalizing Silicon Valley", and it is explained in the infographic below. 

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