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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

FI Grad ReadyPulse raises $2 million, featured on Digital Journal

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-04-16

ReadyPulse recently announced the close of their Series A investment round, totaling $2 million in funding. The press release detailing their success was featured on Digital Journal.

Co-Founders Srinivas Penumaka and T. Vinod Gupta, the President and CTO of ReadyPulse, respectively, are Graduates of the Seattle Founder Institute.

An enterprise content commerce company, ReadyPulse has made a name for itself in the sports, fashion, media, entertainment, and subscription industries by displaying a brand’s best and most relevant social content, such as photos and videos. What sets ReadyPulse apart, if not above, their contemporaries is that they add filters of permission and compliance, changing the face of digital marketing in the process.

Brands have been relying on organic content without explicit user permissions or contest disclosures, which leaves them vulnerable to compliance issues.

What we do differently is we put the permissions in the hands of the actual brand ambassador, and allow our brands to find the highest quality, product relevant, authorized social content from those opt-in ambassadors.” - Dennis O'Malley, CEO of ReadyPulse

Among the lead investors in the series A round were Divergent Ventures, Harmony Capital, and Moxie Software, as well as Angel Investors from Seattle and Silicon Valley. ReadyPulse's Board of Directors was also joined by Todd Warren from Divergent Ventures, and Tom Kelly, Former Moxie Software CEO.

For more information on ReadyPulse, check out their official website.

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