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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

Weekly Roundup of the Must-Read Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-12

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include the pitches from past Founder Showcase winners; a hacker's guide to getting press for startups; the top 10 sources of seed funding; how to get over the intimidating talk about co-founder equity; and more.

Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of April 6th.

How to Master the Startup Pitch: Watch these Founder Showcase-Winning Pitch Videos

While over 850 startups have competed in the Founder Showcase pitch competition, just 115 have competed on stage, and we have crowned only 14 champions. Watch the videos of the last ten pitches that won the event and learn what made them winners.

Don’t Make This Mistake When You Find a Great Startup Idea

In this episode of the Mentor Minute, Chris Hogg, a mentor for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute and Co-Founder of 100Plus (recently acquired by Practice Fusion), talks about his process for finding ideas and cautions against abandoning it once a great idea is discovered.

The Hacker’s Guide to Getting Press

Writing for the Clarity.fm Blog, Austen Allred, with the help of Fit Marketing, has put together a hacking guide to garnering press for startups and entrepreneurs. Austen says, "On the surface, the process of getting press seems reasonably simple. But doing that well and making it scale can become very complex very quickly."

The Top 10 Sources of Early-Stage Money

Over on Inc., Kimberly Weisul has put together a helpful list of the top 10 sources of early-stage funding. The data for the list was based on information provided by Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank, and CB Insights and takes into account each angel investors' activity for 2013.

Frank & Oak Cofounder Talks About the Jump from Employee to Entrepreneur

BetaKit has posted the full video of Hicham Ratnani, COO/CFO & Co-Founder of online men's clothier Frank & Oak, speaking at a Founder Institute event on the transition from a corporate employee to startup founder.

Get Over Your Intimidation of Splitting Co-Founder Equity

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a co-founder can be a fruitful choice, improving the business prospects for many entrepreneurs. However, if one does partner up, there is one intimidating hurdle that must be overcome: Figuring out how to split equity. For those having trouble with this, Al Bsharah has one simple piece of advice: "Get over it."

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