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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

Europe, Here we Come! Join Adeo Ressi in Warsaw for Startup Ideation Bootcamp on Friday 2/15

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-08

Heads up, Europe! Adeo Ressi will be hitting the road next week and traveling to Lisbon, Barcelona, Istanbul, and Warsaw to meet with Founders and host an exclusive Startup Ideation Bootcamp in Warsaw on Friday, February 15th. At Startup Ideation Bootcamp, attendees will get feedback on their startup ideas, recruit co-founders, and network with top startup mentors and local entrepreneurs.

Don't miss out on this exclusive one night event. Click here to register for Startup Ideation Bootcamp.


Adeo's itinerary includes;

  • Lisbon, Portugal: Monday, February 11th
  • Barcelona, Spain: Tuesday, February 12th
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Wednesday, February 13th
  • Warsaw, Poland: Friday, February 15th

Adeo will host the public Startup Ideation Bootcamp (register here), and meet with enrolled Founders (Apply to the Warsaw Founder Institute before the Final Deadline on Sunday, March 17th)


Best known for his raw feedback and candid lectures, Adeo Ressi is inarguably one of the Founder Institute's most notorious mentors. As he says in the video below, "you better love what you're doing, because it is going to be brutal. You wouldn't treat an animal the way a founder gets beaten upon."



If you would like to learn more about the Founder Institute, meet Adeo, and get feedback on your startup idea, register today for Startup Ideation Bootcamp.

Not in Warsaw? No problem. Check out our event calendar to register for a startup workshop near you.

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