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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

Silicon Valley Grad @Zirtual Raises $2 Million in Series A Funding

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-01-14

Zirtual, a virtual personal assistant service and graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, announced today they will be receiving $2 million in Series A funding from Tony Hsieh, VegasTechFund, and Mayfield Fund. The San Francisco based startup will soon be packing up and relocating to Las Vegas, NV to join the Downtown Project led by Hsieh (CEO of Zappos), in his effort to revitalize the often overlooked old downtown Las Vegas.

The funding was announced by Leena Rao of TechCrunch in an article entitled “Zirtual Raises $2M From Mayfield, Tony Hsieh To Match Professionals With Virtual Executive Assistants”. To learn more about Zirtual's Series A, read the full article on TechCrunch.

Founded by Maren Kate, Zirtual matches qualified college educated individuals to assist busy professionals with managing schedules, booking travel, and researching projects. In addition, the startup offers services from their partners, including Ruby for receptionists, Uber for travel, and Munchery for food delivery.

Interested in hiring a Zirtual assistant of your own? Check out Zirtual.com to request your invite and learn how a ZA can make your life easier today.

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