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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

FI Grad Zirtual opens its High-Touch Virtual Assistant Service to the Public, featured on TechCrunch

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-01-23

Zirtual, the company that provides dedicated, virtual executive assistants ("Zirtual Assistants") to busy professionals and entrepreneurs – for less than a car payment – is coming out of its invite-only beta today and is now available to the public. Zirtual and its Co-Founder & CEO, Maren Kate Donovan, are Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute

News of the launch was covered by TechCrunch in an article by Ryan Lawler entitled, Zirtual Opens Up To Allow Anyone To Hire Their Own Personal Assistants

After three years of being invite-only, Zirtual Assistants (ZAs) have fulfilled more than half a millions tasks for clients ranging from Fortune 500 executives to busy parents all over the world. The company is backed by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, VegasTechFund, and Mayfield Fund. 

“We want to change the way the world works, not just for our clients, but for our assistants too. By expanding our service to accommodate more clients, we are creating a new job market for people to be able to work virtually, while helping everyone from entrepreneurs to busy moms to be more productive.” - Maren Kate Donovan

Zirtual pairs clients with their own dedicated ZA so that they can build a one-on-one relationship with them, enabling them to know their clients likes and preferences at a fraction of the cost of a full-time executive assistant ($54K/year). Clients can assign a task via email, phone, or through an online Zirtual dashboard and their ZA is on it, helping them to work and live more efficiently. Every ZA is US-based and goes through a rigorous training. They specialize in thoroughness and attention to detail.

To learn more about Zirtual, visit www.zirtual.com.

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