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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

Top Three Fails of Your One-Sentence Pitch

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-12-17

An entrepreneur’s one sentence pitch is often their most valuable weapon. Get it right, and you could be on your way to making it big. Screw up, and you may find yourself back at square one. For many early-stage entrepreneurs, perfecting the elevator is one of the biggest challenges of starting up.

Below are the top three mistakes new founders make in their one-sentence pitches. In these Founder Hotseat clips, Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi, critiques three pitches demonstrating these critical mistakes.


1. Defined offering

What exactly is that you have to offer? The needs to be short, simple and capable of being understood by everyone, like “a website,” “a mobile application,” “hardware,” or “desktop software.”




2. Define your audience

This is the initial group of people that you will market your offering to. In the case of consumer applications, it is usually a demographic, such as “women age 25 to 35 years old.” In the case of business applications, it is usually a job function at a type of corporation, such as “system administrators at medium sized technology businesses.” In the video below, Adeo critiques IPlanEvents for being way too broad. He says “You need to specialize. That’s a huge spectrum and you need to focus on one specific market.”




3. Secret sauce

Your “secret sauce” adds a unique approach to solving the problem and demonstrates a mastery of the market. Some examples are “by sending automated email alerts based on analysis of highest response times” or “with virtual worlds constructed in reaction to the movements of the players.” In the video below, Adeo critiques a pitch from Travl8tor. His advice: “You need something that makes me believe there is something special about this service.”




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