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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

Inside FI: 10 Steps to a Startup Launch by @adeoressi

Posted by Adeo Ressi on 2010-08-29

Launching a startup takes a lot of hard work, and you do not know if the idea is going to be successful until it is often too late. The Institute tries to help Founders refine and test their idea before spending months or even years pursuing something that will fail.

In the following 30 minute video, ten quick steps are discussed to take an idea that you like and launch it for less than $2,000. The goal is to get to a "Ghetto Launch," where you test if you have both a good idea and a viable business. Once the idea is validated, the hard work begin.

See the video here: http://vimeo.com/14393443

See the slides here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/36590018

These are the ten steps that were used to launch the Founder Institute. Since the Institute does not have an online or physical product that needed to be mocked up, we used Topicki to develop a prototype of the curriculum. Enjoy!

Special thanks to TechCrunch for covering the talk here.

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