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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

Congratulations to the 28 Nominees for Top FI Mentors of 2011

Posted by Adeo Ressi on 2012-03-20

Founder Institute Mentors provide the passion, dedication and support that helped launch over 500 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009 and will launch another 750 businesses in 2012. Mentors have inspired enrolled Founders to build the next generation of meaningful and enduring technology companies. They share their difficult lessons to save others countless hours of hardship.

Among these great individuals, there are some Mentors that stand out. Here are the nominees for the Top Mentors of 2011:



Each of the Mentors selected has given time and effort to help the next generation of entrepreneurs succeed. The 11 categories that they are nominated for are below:

  • Most Sessions Mentored
  • Most Locations Mentored
  • Highest Rated Overall
  • Highest Rated in Eastern US
  • Highest Rated in Western US
  • Highest Rated in Europe
  • Highest Rated in Asia
  • Highest Rated in the Americas
  • Highest Rated Individual Session
  • Most Interesting Company
  • Most Supportive

Congratulations to the nominees!

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