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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

Mitch Kapor, Personal Computing Pioneer, to Speak About Impactful Startups at the Founder Showcase

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-23

The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event taking place on May 15th.

Today, we are honored to announce a luminary Keynote Speaker: Mitch Kapor.

Mitch Kapor, quite simply, is a "godfather" of Silicon Valley, and has been a pioneer in personal computing and information technology for more than 30 years.

He is widely known as the Founder of Lotus Development Corporation, and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. In addition, Mitch was the Founding Investor in UUNET, the first commercial Internet Service Provider; a Co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet; a Founding Investor in Real Networks, the first company to offer streaming media over the Internet; a Founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, maker of the open source web browser Firefox; and a Founding Investor and Chair in Linden Research, the creator of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.

Currently, Mitch is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that generate both economic returns and positive social impact, and a Co-Chair at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, whose mission is to provide educational access for all Americans, diversify the tech industry, and support startup companies that have a positive social impact. 

At the Founder Showcase, Mitch will talk about building technology companies that generate both economic value AND positive social impact. 

Mitch is just one of many planned speakers for the 15th Founder Showcase, and we will be announcing several more in coming weeks.  

Early-Bird tickets are available until April 25th: Get yours today

Now in its 15th edition, the Founder Showcase is a bi-annual seed-startup event that gathers over 400 startup investors, founders, and press in Silicon Valley to hear from startup experts, and see promising seed-stage companies. In addition to getting the best speakers, we pride ourselves on showcasing the best early-stage companies before anyone else (pun intended). Past contestants have raised over $130 million, and we have showcased companies like UdemyRelay RidesThumbtack, and Kaggle in their infancy. To see the list of all notable companies that have presented, see our Founder Showcase Hall of Fame here.

We look forward to hearing more from Mitch on May 15th. Get your tickets today.

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