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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 Second Russian Chapter, in Saint Petersburg

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-25

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

With an existing chapter in Moscow, the Founder Institute hopes to launch more than 30 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in Russia.

Saint Petersburg is one of the most technically proficient cities in not only Russia, but on the entire planet. There is definitely a very quickly growing startup ecosystem in the city, and across the Baltic region as a whole.

However, Saint Petersburg will not realize its potential as a startup hub until there is a clear and structured path to entrepreneurship for the massive professional workforce in the city. The Founder Institute hopes to provide this, and inspire the technical talent in the city to begin building their own companies.” - Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

In response to an overwhelmingly positive reception during their trial period in Saint Petersburg last February, the Founder Institute has decided to officially launch in the city, celebrating with a “Pre-Curriculum” of free events for the general public.

The first semester of the Moscow Founder Institute graduated 10 new Russian technology companies, and the second program, which is currently operating and will end in May, has over 15 technology founders enrolled.

Leading the Founder Institute's efforts in Saint Petersburg are Andrei Komarovski, serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of coffeelab.vc; and Jane Smorodnikova, CEO at LikeHack.com.

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 Saint Petersburg and launch a company in 2014.

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