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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.

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How to Stimulate Business Growth, According to the Experts

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-18

Who doesn't want great advice? 

But with the plethora of knowledge out there, who has the time to keep track of which advice is the have-to-know's or must-do's?

We do!

By sifting through recent articles, guides, top ten lists, and infographics written by experts around the web, we've distilled the Top 3 pieces of advice that entrepreneurs need to know on a key topic. 

Featured across 8 sources, this week's topic focuses on growing a business.

1. Emphasize Customer Satisfaction.

Few would deny that customers are vital to a company's success, yet so many companies have failed because of a lack of customer retention, which is generally the result of poor customer communication. Babette N. Ten Haken , in an Entrepreneur article titled 4 Tips for Preparing Your Business to Grow, highlights the importance of maintaining connections with early customers: “Some early adopters will perceive that you have become ‘too big and famous’ to meet their ongoing needs. Create a strategy for maintaining contact with and reassuring your first customers that your success is founded on their belief in you.”

In another Entrepreneur article, 5 Ways to Grow Business Without Adding More Resources, Gregory Kennedy stresses the advantage of building a business through customer referrals: “Referrals are a simple way to grow a business. Asking customers for referrals directly is low-hanging fruit that everyone should take advantage of. It’s simple to develop a rewards system to encourage customer referrals.”

2. Know Your Market.

Knowing who you’re targeting your product or service to provides a multitude of benefits for a company looking to increase expansion. Check out what StartupNation has to say on the subject in an article on business growth: “Customers you currently cater to might be supplemented by an altogether different type of customer such as a younger one, a wealthier one, women vs. men, etc. You can also delineate different customer niches by behavioral and psychographic classification. For example, you may want to reach people who like hip-hop, or people who have long commutes to work, etc.”

3. Make Efficiency a Top Priority.

Efficiency is another overlooked ingredient in the recipe for expansive business growth. According to Grant Cardone, in an Entrepreneur article titled 5 Ways to Get Out of Startup Mode, an easy way to increase employee productivity is to create a sense of urgency for tasks: “Being an entrepreneur is a marathon activity with lots of sprints. Win a lot of little races and you will provide your people and company with momentum.”

In an Entrepreneur article, Mitchell Harper reiterates the importance of running an efficient company: “To grow a company, figure out what's keeping you from getting work done and then hack your schedule. Set aside blocks of uninterrupted time, hire someone to screen your calls and strap on your own CamelBak and get to work.”

While there are countless other strategies for expanding a business, these are just a few of the more important ones to keep in mind. Entrepreneurs must always be on the look out for new ways of stimulating business growth, and should not be afraid to take risks.

What do you think is necessary for business growth?

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