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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

Embarke Raises $1.25 Million to Increase Engagement for Email Marketers

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-10-14

Embarke, a graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute and TechStars alum, announced today they have raised a $1.25 million seed round. Led by Social Leverage with participation from Promus Ventures, Anthem Ventures, Right Side Capital Management, and individual angeles, Embarke will use the investment to continue to grow their client base of email marketers.

Tackling the growing issue of unopened emails and low CTR, Embarke is working to increase engagement through the use of behavioral analysis. They recently partnered with SendGrid, “the first of many distribution partnerships and integrations that Embarke hopes to introduce”.

“Marketing email volume has increased by 20 percent in the last two years, and open rates are down by 20 percent,” says Embarke co-founder and CEO, Al Bsharah. “Something’s got to give.”

Click here to read the full article on Pandodaily.


About Embarke
Embarke increases opens, clicks, and revenue for marketers by 5%-20%. Using behavioral analysis we're able to automatically deliver emails to their users with content they actually want, and at the time they're most likely to engage. We don't replace the email service providers or marketing automation tools companies are already using, we integrate with them so our customers can turn us on in 15 minutes.


About the San Diego Founder Institute
If you are thinking about launching a company in San Diego, and could use expert training, feedback, and support from experienced founders, then the Founder Institute may be a good option for you. This part-time, four-month training program will be led by Jeanine Jacobson, and feature an impressive roster of experienced mentors. Plus, sessions are held at night so you don't have to quit your day job. Final applications are due Sunday, October 27th. Click here to learn more.

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