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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

FI Reviews Straight from Graduates

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2011-03-09

Many Graduates from the recent Winter Bay Area Semester have written about their experience with the Institute. Lucky for us, one Graduate (Maren Kate) aggregated the different reviews and posted them on her blog EscapingThe9to5. Here are some highlights; 

  • "I walked away with a wealth of knowledge and stellar network that’s priceless." - Maren Kate, Zirtual.com
  • "It was stressful, fun, interactive, educational, exciting, hard, and most of all, an eye opener to what’s ahead... Looking back, nothing was hard and everything was realistic. The lessons learned are priceless. If you badly want to be successful, I highly recommend it." - Steffany Boldrini, EcoBold.com
  • “If you are looking for an incubator program that will coddle you and nurture you and your idea until somebody funds it, this is not the program for you.” - Seth Cohen, Screenius
  • “The push that really got me going beyond my usual self and to do more, was the team that was always there for you. The team helped me accomplish a lot and was very instrumental in accelerating my entrepreneurial learning.” - Brajeshwar Oinam, Levoma.com
  • "Attending the Founder Institute is definitely an experience that challenges your intellect and will. Your intellect, because you think you know, but you have no idea the value of information you get from the top notch mentors and advisors. It challenges your will, because at times the option to give up is more attractive than then sticking in. Your will to change things and see through to your graduation will be challenged through assignments, pitch ratings and amongst others, Adeo himself... I would suggest FI to anyone who is serious about starting a company." – Wesly Michel, Mosion.

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