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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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Croatian FI Founder Takes to the Deep with Ducky, the Submarine

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-11-20

When working with entrepreneurs from all over the world, you tend to see some rather outlandish ideas; everything from sex apps (Singapore Grad, Vibease) to applications that have you running from demons and ghoulish monsters (San Diego Grad, Explorence). This Croatian founder, however, is taking us to an entirely new level. Literally.

Marin Bek, a graduate of the University of Zagreb, is the founder of Marine Tech Factory, a submarine startup that is in the process of patenting a few very innovative approaches to deep ocean exploration. So far he has built an ROV or AUV, for remotely operated vehicle or autonomous underwater vehicle. Marin’s goal is to develop technology that will allow deep sea exploration devices to go deeper and farther than ever before. A concept that will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we explore and study the ocean, Marin says, “We can go to Mars, but the deep ocean really is our final frontier”.

His prototype, which he affectionately named “DuckyAUV”, differs from competitors by utilizing a propulsion system without a pressured hull. As the pressure of the depths becomes too intense for most submarine devices to withstand, Ducky operates with an underwater propulsion system that doesn’t require a sealed hull, ultimately allowing it to travel deeper.

While Marin’s prototype continues to be perfected, he is looking into potential markets beyond deep sea exploration, such as utilizing Ducky as a tool for oil rig inspection, private boat inspection, and even recreational use. To learn more about Ducky and even see her in action, check out the full article here by Raf Weverbergh of WhiteBoard Mag.

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