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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

SanomaVentures Invests in Amsterdam FI Grad @Peerby

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-11-26

Last week, Dutch venture capital firm SanomaVentures announced their plans to invest in Amsterdam Founder Institute grad, Peerby. Founded by Daan Weddepohl, Peerby is aiming to change the way people consume durable goods. The platform allows users to find items in their neighborhood to borrow, like an electric mixer for that rare baking occasion, or an extra suitcase for your weekend getaway. Peerby is unique as it not only helps users save money through borrowing or renting - it also connects people with their neighbors.

In response to the good news, Weddepohl said: “Sanoma’s investment is going to help us to develop faster and to reach a broader audience. Sanoma Media’s expertise and communication channels add a lot of additional value to its financial investment.” Spawned from Sanoma Corporation, one of Europe’s leading media companies, Peerby lucked out with the investment from SanomaVentures. Not only will the be receiving capital, the company’s aim is also to support innovative initiatives in digital information, entertainment and education by providing start-ups with capital, media exposure, expertise and access to its professional network.

Specific details of the investment remain unknown, however, Herman Kienhuis, investment director at Sanoma Media said: “I really believe in Peerby’s potential; they could create a whole new market for sharing durable goods. By supporting them at this early stage, we hope that we’re able to give them a flying start. And Peerby is perfectly compatible with Sanoma’s mission to help people with their daily (information) needs, enriching their lives and making them easier”.

Click here to read the full story on Peerby and SanomaVentures.

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