In 2011, we introduced the Female Founder Fellowship program, which would provide free Course Fees to our best female applicants in each city. The stated goal of the program was to increase the number of female applicants to program, and in turn, graduate over 30% female-founded companies across the globe.
After two years we are happy to report more great results from the Female Founder Fellowship program;
- Since the program began, we have seen a 62% global increase in our percentage of female graduates, which has now reached 26% worldwide.
- Our most recent Spring and Summer 2012 Graduating classes consisted of 36% female founded-companies.
- We have now graduated over 150 female-led companies across the globe, including notable ones like CakeHealth, Zirtual, Fashioning Change, Skimble, Memetales, Ecobold, Kindara, Piggybackr, and 2RedBeans.
Our percentage of female graduates is more than twice as high as most other incubators, but still short of our goal to get over 30% female graduates worldwide. There is still plenty of work to be done.
There are Female Fellowships available in many Founder Institute programs across the globe. To learn more, visit http://fi.co/contents/fff.
To learn more, visit http://fi.co/contents/fff.