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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

#FounderShowcase Preview: Videos by @KevinHartz, @DanShapiro, and @Arcimoto

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-04-20

There are three major trends we are seeing in the emerging technology boom: rapid scaleexpedited startup M&A, and a global market. The Founder Showcase, hosted by the Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi, will bring together leaders to address each of these topics. 

Below we give you a preview of what you'll see at the event, with videos from Keynote Speakers Kevin Hartz and Dan Shapiro, as well as a special video by Arcimoto

There are still a few tickets left for Tuesday's 10th Founder Showcase, taking place at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Tickets start at just $75, but time is running out! Register now at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets.

Rapid Scale

Kevin Hartz, Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbrite, will be speaking about how he is pushing the company towards a billion in sales (and a rumored IPO) after just five years in business. He will be interviewed on stage by Michael Copeland, Senior Editor at WIRED.  

In the This Week in Startups video below, Kevin discusses building a company that will withstand economic downturns, scaling sustainably, and the importance of a good board of directors.

If you like the video below, follow Kevin on twitter @kevinhartz.


Expedited Startup M&A

Dan Shapiro, Founder & CEO of Sparkbuy, will talk about how he built the company and sold it to Google within just six months of its inception. He will be interviewed on stage by Dylan Tweney, Executive Editor at VentureBeat

In his talk below, Dan shares his experience on approaching the potential sale of a company.

If you like the video below, check out Dan's blog and follow him on Twitter @danshapiro.


Global Market

The international winners of the Founder Institute’s Startup Mentor Awards will host a special panel on global entrepreneurship. These five top technology CEOs from South America, Asia and Europe will discuss how the current wave of innovation is not limited to the United States. You can see the list of nominees here


At the 4th Founder Showcase, Keynote Speaker Elon Musk said "the potential value creation of cleantech is greater than the internet." In that vein, we have asked Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto, to speak at the Founder Showcase about the SRK - an ultra efficient vehicle for everyday driving trips. Mark, a software and gaming entrepreneur who sold his last company, Garage Games, to IAC, will describe how Arcimoto is taking a software approach to clean technology and sustainable transportation. 

Below is a recent TEDx talk Mark did on sustainable transportation and the SRK; 

We hope you’ll join us for what will be a great event. 

Get your tickets here

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