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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

The Funding Lifecycle; Building Relationships, Selling Yourself, and Staying Connected, by Jon Carder

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-10-05

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In this talk from the San Diego Founder Institute, Jon Carder presents some key tenets to fundraising both in early and more mature stages of one’s business.  A seasoned entrepreneur, Carder shares his personal experiences with how he went about funding his own endeavors, and the highs and lows he has endured throughout his career. He believes that some amount of struggling is a ‘rite of passage’, and that bootstrapping, tight budgets, and strict discipline are what kept his company alive in difficult times. 

Jon Carder is the Founder and CEO of MojoPages.com, an online Local Search company dedicated to helping consumers find the best local businesses. He served as a mentor for several semesters with the San Diego Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Autumn session. If you could use expert training, feedback, and support to launch a technology company, then apply today. The Final Application Deadline is Sunday, October 7th.

The art of fundraising may seem like daunting and foreign territory; however, it all comes down to building and maintaining relationships.  Carder stresses the importance of taking advantage of every networking opportunity, and views each pitch as a valuable learning experience.  He also points out that in addition to having a good idea with potential, venture capitalists are ultimately investing in you - selling yourself is half the battle. Finally, Carder encourages graduates to stay engaged with the startup ecosystem, and says “the best time to hang out with people with money is when you don’t need it”. Do lunch, grab coffee, attend conferences; take your investors along for the ride and keep them updated. The more you engage them, the easier it will be to secure funding not only for this startup, but for every endeavor hereafter. 

 If you like the video below be sure to follow Jon on Twitter @JonCarder



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