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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

5 Tips to Getting Your Startup Funded, by Kabbage CEO, Rob Frohwein

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-12-03

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

Rob Frohwein is well aware of the challenges new business owners face, particularly when it comes to funding. His Atlanta-based company, Kabbage Inc., is tackling this problem head on, providing business owners access to working capital. Kabbage is the #1 online provider of working capital to small businesses. Kabbage has built the world’s fastest platform to provide capital to small businesses, funding companies within 7 minutes.


In the video below, Rob offers these suggestions for getting funding;

1. Draw the line between personal and business expenses

Small businesses have to act like businesses and make sure they are managing their money appropriately. When you spend money on your business, submit an expense report and then pay yourself back later.

2. Beg and borrow, but don’t steal

You have to be very diligent about getting cash. First, talk to family and friends, but if you don’t have a rich uncle, you might want to look into borrowing or look for alternative financing sources.

3. Know your bottom line

If you’re going to get cash, you want to make sure you’re getting it for the right reasons. If you’re not focused on a return in investment, say no to more money.

4. Be stubborn

Don’t take no for an answer. If you are turned down, find out why and work to make your product better.

5. Be scrappy

Focus on the revenue, and don’t spend money on anything that won’t generate assets.




This Winter, Rob will mentor new startup founders at the Atlanta Founder Institute. If you could benefit from expert feedback and advice to launch a technology company in Atlanta, click here to learn more and apply today. Final applications are due Sunday (2015-12-06).

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