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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

Founder Institute Officially Launches Third Australian Chapter, in Melbourne

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-24

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is proud to announce that it is launching a new chapter in Melbourne, Australia. The first ever semester in Melbourne begins this Autumn and is currently accepting applications.

With two existing chapters in Sydney and Perth, the Founder Institute is now the country’s only early-stage startup accelerator operating across three cities and two coasts.

News of the launch was covered on Startup Smart by Gavin Lower in an article titled The Founder Institute considering starting a chapter in Melbourne.

You would be hard pressed to find a faster-growing startup ecosystem than Australia’s, and so it is no surprise that Australians have many of the traits that we find to correlate with strong startup founders. Our chapters in Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne are now accepting applications, we also plan to test Brisbane and Adelaide soon as well. Long term, I see no reason why we cannot be known as ‘Australia’s National Startup Accelerator’." - Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute has helped launch over 35 Australian companies since first expanding to Sydney in 2010, including Slidefish, FoodOrbit, GeoMoby, and Cashtivity, which were recently named "Top Founder Institute Graduates in 2013". In the Founder Institute’s four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Australian Founder Institute chapters are supported by more than 100 successful startup entrepreneur Mentors, including Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute), Andrew Campbell (goCatch), Andrew Julian (Digital Crossroads), and many others.

Leading the Founder Institute's efforts in Melbourne are Matt Allen and Sebastian von Conrad. Matt Allen has been running startups since the mid-90’s, and is now focused on helping startups avoid the same mistakes he made. Sebastian von Conrad works as a development manager at Envato, a Melbourne-based company running some of the world's largest online marketplaces and education sites.

If you would like to learn more, then please join us for a free, upcoming event:

In only 6.5 years of operation, over 1,850 graduate companies across 100 cities have used the Founder Institute to validate their idea, develop their plans, refine their product, build an advisory board, prepare for seed funding, and more.

                                        We hope you will join us in Melbourne and launch a company in 2014.

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