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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

Is VC Money Right for Your Startup? by Dan Shapiro

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-11-15

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, serial entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, shares insights from his experience fundraising. While many founders dream of big checks from a brand name VC firm, Dan says “you really have to think hard about whether or not VC money is right for you...VC and angel money can be bad fits for many types of companies.”

Dan Shapiro is the CEO and primary turtle wrangler at Robot Turtles, LLC, a company created when he accidentally launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history. Before that, Dan spent the last two years at Google after they acquired his last company, Sparkbuy, just six months after he started it.

To learn what kind of funding is right for your startup, watch the video below, and join Dan for Office Hours 101 on Thursday, November 21 in Seattle. Click here to RSVP for this exclusive event and get feedback on your startup idea from one of Seattle's most respected entrepreneurs. .

Dan Shapiro is a top rated mentor for the Seattle Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Autumn Semester. If you could benefit from expert feedback and advice to launch a startup in Seattle, click here to learn more and begin your application. Final applications are due 2015-12-06.


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