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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

A Great Windows 8 Event - Be Sure to Join Our Next One

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-07-24

Right before the Founder Showcase on Wednesday we hosted a special luncheon with Windows 8. Over 50 guests attended this informative workshop, where Windows 8 experts reviewed how to design apps with Metro principles and the Windows personality, and the business opportunity Windows 8 represents for app developers. 

Microsoft also gave away four Windows 8 Nokia Lumia phones to four lucky people! Winners included;

  • Fabrice Gould (Diggen, Los Angeles Founder Institute) 
  • Steve Iverson (Injekt, Founder Institute Mentor)
  • Aswath Sridhar
  • Srinivas Chamarthy

Special thanks go out to Microsoft for hosting this great event, and to our two great speakers; 


 Will Tshumy

Will is Microsoft’s User Experience Evangelist for the western U.S. Will has been leading experience design teams to successful launches for the last 10 years.  Will leads the Windows 8 Evangelism business and is an expert on Metro style design across Windows 8, Phone and Xbox. You can follow him on Twitter at @wctschumy.


 John P. Alioto

John is an architect at Microsoft specializing in Windows 8. Formerly he was the CTO at VeriTrainer. You can follow him on Twitter at @jpalioto.



We plan to host more Windows 8 events, so stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to check out other upcoming Windows Development Camp events.

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