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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

Startup Branding Lessons from the Founder of Zipcar

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-06

As the Founder Institute continues its expansion in Europe, we look back at some of our best European sessions. In this video from the Paris Founder Institute, Robin Chase, Europe’s highest rated mentor, discusses the power of branding and describes a brand as “a reality created through association”. Robin says that a company's brand will shape the way customers feel about a product before they even experience it, so it’s imperative to develop messaging that embodies the core values of your business.

Recognized as one of the highest rated mentors in Europe, Robin Chase is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the largest global car sharing service, Zipcar, which went public in 2011. She also founded GoLoco and Meadow Networks, sits on two national advisory committees for the US government, and was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Robin is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of the French car sharing service Buzzcar.

Based on her success with ZipCar, Robin suggests that founders strive to create an emotional and memorable experience for product users and that by simply telling a story, a company can develop relationships with consumers and shape the way they view your entire enterprise.

To hear more from great mentors like Robin, join us this Spring for the Paris Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications. If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Paris then click here to apply today.



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