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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

Get on the Rocket Ship! The Founder Institute is Hiring at our Palo Alto Headquarters

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-26

Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.  

The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles in our Palo Alto office - including Project Managers, Account Managers, an Office Manager, an Executive Assistant, a Finance & Operations Manager, Operations & Logistics Associates, Marketing Interns, a Director of Sales, and more.

The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE MILLION new jobs.

We are using entrepreneurship as a means to change the world, and we can use your help!


What is the Founder Institute?

The Founder Institute is the world's largest startup accelerator, having launched over <total_graduates> companies that have created over 10,000 new jobs . . . in just 5.5 years of operation. We are based in Silicon Valley but operate in over 100 cities worldwide, and our efforts have been well documented in the New York TimesBusinessWeekForbesTechCrunch, and many more. We are a small team with a mission to build help build companies that create over 1 million startup jobs, and you can help!


What type of people are we looking for?

The best candidates to work at the Founder Institute;

  • Can thrive in a fast-moving, exciting startup environment
  • Have some professional experience (experience in a startup is a plus, but not a requirement)
  • Are entrepreneurial by nature
  • Are passionate about technology
  • Are familiar with the startup ecosystem (for example, Startup Weekend, 500 Startups, Techstars, Y Combinator, TechCrunch, etc)


What is it like to work here?

You will have the opportunity to see entrepreneurship, angel investing, and venture capital from every angle. Some benefits include:

  • Meet top founders, CEOs and investors
  • Great opportunity for growth within a small, energetic team of ~15 in our hip indoor/ outdoor retail office in Palo Alto (a short walk from the California Ave. CalTrain station).
  • Participate in planning sessions with visiting politicians
  • Join weekly entrepreneurship training sessions
  • Help organize leading startup events with global participation (ex. Founder Showcase)
  • Watch startups get built from the ground up
  • Partake in occasional card games and social outings
  • Have a friendly, wagging tail to greet you each morning (a Pug named Hercules)



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