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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

How to Master the Startup Pitch: Watch these Founder Showcase-Winning Pitch Videos

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-24

The Founder Showcase, an event hosted by the Founder Institute, has been helping seed-stage startups get exposure to Silicon Valley investors and press since 2009. In fact, previous contestants have gone on to raise over $355 million.

While more than 900 startups have competed in the competition, just 130 have competed on stage, and we have crowned only 15 champions. Here are the videos of the last thirteen pitches that won the event.

15th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Feetz (www.feetz.com)


14th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: BeforeWeDo (www.beforewedo.com)


13th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Realty Mogul (www.realtymogul.com) 



12th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Spikes (www.spikes.com)


11th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Selligy (www.selligy.com) 


10th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Itembase (www.itembase.com) 


9th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Spinnakr (www.spinnakr.com


8th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Neo (www.myneoloan.com


7th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Kaggle (www.kaggle.com)


6th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Topicmarks (www.topicmarks.com)


5th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: Breezy (www.breezy.com)


4th Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: SeePort (www.myseeport.com)


3rd Founder Showcase Champion Pitch: eVenues (www.evenues.com)


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