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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

Sell First, Market Later, by Gary Gaessler

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-11-30

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In this talk from the Denver Founder Institute, Gary Gaessler explains why he believes nothing happens until sales are made, and why founders should consider putting marketing on the back burner until revenue begins rolling in. He says founders should take a ready-fire-aim approach to selling - "Just get out there and talk to people - If you're not an expert in selling you'll learn quickly".

Gary Gaessler is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Cloud Elements, a platform that reduces the time and costs to develop and run Cloud Applications. He will also be mentoring in Chicago for the upcoming Spring 2013 semester, which is currently accepting applications. If you would like to hear more from Gary, click here to apply today.

Drawing from his own experience in marketing and sales, Gary reminds founders that marketing doesn't accomplish much in an early stage startup - it eats up valuable time and money. Sales, on the other hand, generates revenue and allows for additional marketing campaigns to take place. He encourages founders to be persistent and professional and always remember the “Three F’s” - “Follow up, follow up, follow up!”.

If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Chicago or Denver, submit your application today. Those who apply by Janurary 13th 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 Gary on Twitter @ggaessler



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