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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

Best Practices for Startup Hiring and Firing, by Ziv Gillat

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-11-23

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In this talk from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Ziv Gillat gives founders an overview on the best practices for startup hiring and firing. What is often a lengthy and time consuming task, Ziv advises founders to seek out top talent within your internal network when hiring. Doing so, he says, helps ensure loyalty, trust, and a great foundation for a solid team.

Ziv Gillat is the co-founder of Eye-Fi and one of FI’s most popular mentors. Last year Ziv was recognized as one of the Founder Institute’s top mentors and was commended for his hard work and dedication.

Although CEOs and founders try their hardest to build a phenomenal team, it is inevitable that they will be forced to let go a few employees down the road. Contrary to hiring, Ziv recommends that firing be done as quickly and smoothly as possible. He stresses that firing should not be a drawn out process, and if not done all at once, a CEO risks diluting company morale.

To hear more from great mentors like Ziv, join us this Spring as we launch several new and existing chapters. Upwards of 12 locations are currently accepting applications for the 2013 Spring semester. If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup click here to apply. Those who apply by the early application deadlines get to take the admissions test for free and are eligible for the Female Founder Fellowship.


For more startup news and insights be sure to follow Ziv on Twitter @gillat



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