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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

The Fastest Growing Silicon Valley Graduates in 2013

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-03-14

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, has helped launch over 130 new technology companies from its Silicon Valley chapter in less than 5 years. It has created billions of dollars in shareholder value while providing mentorship from some of the top entrepreneurs in the technology startup industry.

Applications to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, led by Founder Institute Founder & CEO Adeo Ressi, are open now. 

While all of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute graduates are exceptional, there are a few who stood out in 2013. The graduates profiled below have all achieved significant milestones, building meaningful and enduring technology companies aimed at improving the lives of people all over the world.

Without further adieu, we proudly present the Fastest Growing Silicon Valley Graduates in 2013; 

Getable creates mobile tools aimed to help construction professionals and rental equipment providers. In early 2013, they received $1.8 million from high-profile VCs including Andreessen Horowitz and Chris Sacca, and according to Bloomberg, are part of "The New Sexy" in mobile apps.

MovieLaLa is a social networking platform that connects movie lovers and movie marketers. They recently received seed funding of an undisclosed amount from a group that included a former HBO and Warner Bros. executive and a Flixster founding investor.


Neo specializes in technology-based solutions for the financial community and is backed by Social+Capital partnership, a leading Bay Area venture firm dedicated to smarter and innovative ways to improve business processes in the financial marketplace.


Retailigence specializes in increasing foot traffic in retail stores and helping retailers navigate the mobile space. This past year they crossed over 13 million products in over 150 stores, and closed a $6.3 million Series-B round featuring Quest Venture Partners, DFJ Gotham Ventures, Motorola, and more.


Shopalize was a comprehensive social commerce platform specializing in social sharing and social referral solutions that was acquired by [24]7, a predictive customer relationship software company.


Spikes Security, a company focused on solving critical enterprise network security problems, began 2013 by closing a $1 million seed round led by Javelin Venture Partners. They built their product for release at the end of the year, and are now raising a new round.


Udemy, the world's largest destination for online courses, officially crossed 2 million students in 2013, which equated to over 300% growth in both user and revenue categories.


Wedding Party is a mobile app that allows guests attending a wedding to collaboratively document and create photographic memories and albums. This past year, they gained a great amount of traction by closing a million-dollar seed round.


Whale Path secured an initial round of finance from four venture firms: 500 Startups, Kima Ventures, Plug & Play Ventures, and UTC Links. In addition, Whale Path was accepted into 500 Startups' Batch 8.


Zirtual, the virtual executive assistant service that matches busy people with dedicated personal assistants, started 2013 by closing a $2 million Series-A round from a group that included Tony Hsieh, the Founder of Zappos. They closed out 2013 in a big way by officially launching to the public.

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