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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 Weekly Dose of Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-19

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

This week's top articles include a Mentor Minute with TrueCar CEO Scott Painter; a pair of blogs from female CEOs talking about their experiences from both a female and non-technical perspective, respectively; 3 new business books for entrepreneurs; and more.  

Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of April 13th.

To Be a Nice CEO, or Not to Be, That is the Question

There is no "one right way" to build a company. The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week, we ask the question: Which is the more effective leadership style, strict or friendly?

The Biggest Misconception of Startup Funding, According to Scott Painter

On this week's Mentor Minute, Scott Painter, 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.

What I Learned in My First Year as a Female Startup CEO

Writing for the The Next Web, Yunha Kim, the founder and CEO of Locket, a San Francisco-based startup that changes the way you use your device's lock screens, talks about the Top 3 reasons it sucks to be a female CEO and the Top 3 reasons it is awesome to be one.

3 New Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Over on Inc., John Brandon has put together short descriptions of 3 new books that are not specifically "startup" books, but address the types of business issues an entrepreneur will regularly face. They include "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead", "The Hard Thing About Hard Things", and "Haunted Empire".

The Difference Between Incubators and Accelerators

Blair Giesen, a writer for the Voice of San Diego, breaks down the specific differences between startup incubators and accelerators to help aspiring entrepreneurs make the right choice. As Blair says, "Starting a business is hard. Deciding to utilize an accelerator or incubator program can be a make-or-break moment in that process."

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned as a ‘Non-Technical Founder’

Blogging on Medium, Michele Spiezia, the founder of Bespoke Atelier, talks about her experiences being a non-technical co-founder. She says it can be intimidating, especially since, "In the New York startup space, being a ‘Non-Technical Founder’ is to wear the scarlet letter." Check out the lessons she learned going through the process.

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