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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

#FounderShowcase Finalist Writer.ly Featured in @GeekWire as the Elance for Publishing

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-03

Seattle Founder Institute graduate and 12th Founder Showcase Finalist, Writer.ly, was recently featured in the GeekWire article “The Elance for publishing; Writer.ly offers marketplace for authors needing help”.

Co-founders Kelsye Nelson and Abigail Carter founded Writer.ly after having a discussion about the plethora of challenges writers face with thier local writing group. In their interview, Nelson explained to author, Taylor Soper, “We were talking about how if authors could simply get a little help, they’d go a lot farther in achieving their publishing goals”.

Writer.ly helps authors out by providing a platform where they can find jobs and get assistance publishing; essentially a marketplace for writers to post jobs and get bids from interested parties. In turn, the company takes 10 percent of the final fee.

Nelson explains it as, “Our simple, streamlined platform is easy for the non-tech crowd (as many writers are) to navigate,” she said. “When a writer comes to our site and searches for an editor, they don’t need to wade through technical editors and coders. Everything they see is specific to their industry.”

Writer.ly is a recently graduate of the Seattle Founder Institute and was a finalist at the 12th Founder Showcase. Although the team fell short to Spikes and SortBox, Kelsye Nelson delivered an impressive presentation and was a favorite amongst the audience and judges.  

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