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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 the Founder Institute has Launched 750 Startups in less than 4 Years [Infographic]

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-19

The Founder Institute has now helped launch 750 companies across 40 cities worldwide. In terms of graduates and companies launched, this makes us the world's largest incubator - and we have done it just 4 years. 

The Founder Institute was incorporated in April of 2009, and our first class from our first location - Silicon Valley - did not graduate until September of 2009. Now we operate in 40 cities across five continents, and are on pace to launch over 1,000 companies per year in over 50 cities worldwide.

So, how do we do it? Rather than bringing talent to Silicon Valley, we are going to different markets, gathering their best startup leaders, service providers, and most promising founders, and building local, sustainable, teamwork-based startup ecosystems. This model is working, and our vision of globalizing Silicon Valley is starting to take hold.

However, we still get asked almost daily to elaborate on our model in more detail. So, in order to describe our model as easily as possible, we created the infographic below; 



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