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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 Job is to Kill Your Stupid Idea, According to Adeo Ressi

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-11-05

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 4,400+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel

In this episode of the Mentor Minute, Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute, explains the necessity of being honest with your startup ideas.

According to Adeo:

You should be talking about your idea all the time, soliciting feedback as much as possible and not worrying about people stealing your ideas."

Join Adeo on November 10th at 6:30PM in Palo Alto for a free Startup Ideation Bootcamp to learn how to improve your startup idea, come up with new ideas, and recruit cofounders.


If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a company, apply to the Founder Institute today. We are currently accepting applications to a special semester in Silicon Valley led by Adeo Ressi, as well as many other cities worldwide

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