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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

How You Can Identify Your Entrepreneurial Super Power, by Marcos Polanco

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-10-26

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Every great company begins with one simple thing: an entrepreneur’s vision for something bigger than themselves. In this talk from the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, Marcos Polanco inspires founders to build a company that exemplifies their best skills and embodies their passions and values.

Marcos Polanco is an innovation coach & consultant based in Silicon Valley, and has helped launch over 50 companies across Silicon Valley and Latin America during his time as a Founder Institute Director.

To help guide entrepreneurs, Marcos suggests they ask themselves these three questions:

  • What do you do that never bores you?
  • What do you do that doesn't seem like work?
  • What are you doing when you are at your best?

Once a founder’s most prominent skills are identified, Marcos says:

When your skills are aligned with your vision of your dream company, suddenly it all comes together...Forget the self-imposed limitations, the canvas you have to work with is boundless.”


If you want to launch a tech company in Puerto Rico, applications to the Puerto Rico Founder Institute are now open!

(Young confident woman in red cape and mask image by Shutterstock)

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