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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

The Biggest Misconception of Startup Funding, According to Scott Painter

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-18

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 4,400+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel

Los Angeles Founder Institute mentor, , Founder and CEO of TrueCar (which recently filed for a $125 million IPO), describes how the biggest funding pitfall for new entrepreneurs is when they assume they can give up very little equity. In his career, Scott has started 37 companies and raised $1.25 billion in venture capital

According to Scott;

You've got to get your head around the fact that you're giving up 30% of the equity of something you're creating that totally depends on you to make it or not."


If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a company, apply to the Founder Institute today. We are currently accepting applications in many other cities worldwide

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