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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

#FounderShowcase Keynote David Sacks Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-09-12

In August we announced a great first Keynote Speaker for the 12th Founder Showcase, taking place on Wednesday, November 7th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco: David Sacks, Founder & CEO of YammerYammer, an enterprise social network that brings together employees, content, conversations, and business data in a single location, was acquired by Microsoft earlier this Summer for $1.2 billion. 

Earlier today David was interviewed onstage at the Techcrunch Disrupt Conference by Michael Arrington. One of the topics centered around his recent controverial post on his Facebook page


"I think silicon valley as we know it may be coming to an end. In order to create a successful new company, you have to find an idea that (1) has escaped the attention of the major Internet companies, which are better run than ever before; (2) is capable of being launched and proven out for ~$5M, the typical seed plus series A investment; and (3) is protectable from the onslaught of those big companies once they figure out what you're onto. How many ideas like that are left?"

In the conversation, David describes how the internet ecosystem has matured, likening it to a "forest" now covered by a canopy of established companies ("redwoods"). He encourages entrepreneurs to, rather than try to "cut down" the redwoods by attacking huge opportunities (like TV), to instead go after "the outskirts of the forest" and "find new opportunities where the internet is disrupting those industries" (like Uber).

It is a worthwhile watch for any entrepreneur; 



We look forward to hearing David’s story at the Founder Showcase on November 7th.

Get your tickets today - half priced tickets are available until Sunday, September 23rd. 

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