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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

Researching and Evaluating the Startup Market, by Thom Kozik

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-09-21

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk from the Los Angeles Founder Institute, Thom Kozik gives critical advice on how to best go about researching where your business fits in the startup market. He advises founders on several elements to consider, yet reminds them that Startup Research is an ongoing project and there is always new information to be learned.  

Thom is the CEO of Context Digital Media and has 25+ years of experience in the Internet and Software industries, with particular focus on gaming. He is also a mentor for the upcoming Los Angeles Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications. If you could use expert training, feedback, and support to launch a technology company, then apply today. The Early Application Deadline is Sunday, September 23rd.

Kozik stresses the importance of defining your product, knowing your market, planning an exit strategy, and establishing success milestones. These four components along with managing your distractions and understanding how your stakeholders impact your business, are imperative for navigating today's ever-changing high-tech climate. Thom sums it all up with saying the market is an ecosystem, not just a list of competitors. You have to know where your business falls in the mix of things and always be open to change. Afterall, technology is truly a 'here today, gone tomorrow' type of game, and if you're not thorough with your evaluations, you might just get left in the dust. 

If you like the video below, follow Thom on twitter @ThomKozic

LAFI Spring 2012 Basic Research Tom Kozik

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