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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

Your Mom is NOT Giving You Honest Feedback

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-12-18

Good, honest feedback is one of the most valuable things a startup founder can come by, says Gabe Zichermann of Gamification Co. The last thing you need is more people saying, “that’s a great idea”.

In the video below, Zichermann offers tips for new entrepreneurs and shares the inspiration behind the Founder Institute. “You need trusted, honest people who have your back, but who also have the experience to give you honest feedback in early days so that you can go the distance,” he says. This is what makes the program so unique. It's what you're not going to get from your mom, your friends, or your spouse.

Gabe Zichermann is an author, highly rated public speaker and entrepreneur. He is the chair of the Gamification Summit and editor of the industry’s leading publication, The Gamification Blog. He is a director and mentor for the New York Founder Institute.

Below is a breakdown of what Gabe covers in the talk;

0.0  The premise behind the Founder Institute
2.22  Why you need real, honest feedback
4:35  Convincing others to join you
5:25  Negative and positive feedback
7:10  Whose advice should you take?
14:20  Nobody is going to steal your idea

To hear more from Gabe, watch the video below, and join him this Winter where he will be leading and mentoring for the New York Founder Institute. Final applications are due Sunday, (2015-12-06). Click here to learn more and begin your application now.


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