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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

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Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

$65M+ Raised and Countless Lives Impacted: Women in the FI Network are Changing the World

Posted by Rachel Sheppard on 2016-11-03

At the Founder Institute, one of our core values is to not shy away from big challenges. Our challenge, and our mission, is to empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs. This includes talented and motivated people of all backgrounds.

Much has been written about the lack of women in leadership positions across Silicon Valley startups, but when you operate across six continents and 60 countries like we do, you see that the issue worldwide is far worse than is being reported. 

Since launching in 2009, we are proud to have graduated over 600 female-led companies through the Founder Institute program, but this number still represents less than 30% of our total. There is still much more work left to do.

We will be sharing some exciting news over the next few weeks aimed at increasing the number of female-founded companies worldwide, and in the meantime we have prepared a "Founder Institute Female Founder Impact Report" below that outlines some the progress we have made (but more importantly highlights some of the amazing female founders we've had the pleasure of working with). 

Learn more about the Founder Institute's efforts to increase the number of Female-led technology startups across the globe.


Learn more about the Founder Institute's efforts to increase the number of Female-led technology startups across the globe, and join our "Female Founder Online Demo Day" on December 13th to see some of our up-and-coming companies. 

There are also a couple of ways you can get involved with this initiative: 

  • If you are an aspiring or early-stage entrepreneur, you can apply to the Girls in Tech Fellowship at The Founder Institute's part-time program provides expert mentorship, a step-by-step process, and a global network to help you launch an enduring company. 
  • If you are an experienced Founder or CEO and would like to advise and coach promising entrepreneurs, then apply to be a Founder Institute Mentor at It is a rewarding experience, and you will join the likes of mentors like Phil Libin, Jason Calacanis, Gina Bianchini, and more.  


$65M+ Raised and Countless Lives Impacted: Women in the FI Network are Changing the World

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