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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

What Makes a Good Entrepreneur? FI Infographic featured on Mashable

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-11

Aside from hard work and determination, entrepreneurs possess unique qualities that drive them to attempt the unimaginable. These traits, which we have coined “Entrepreneur DNA”, have been identified through our unique aptitude test that is given to each applicant of the Institute. With careful examination of each founder throughout the Institute’s 3.5 years in operation, we have discovered that older founders with more work experience tend to fare better than their younger, more inexperienced counterparts.

In addition to experience in the work field, it is crucial that Founders be emotionally stable, open to new ideas, and be moderately agreeable. An inflated ego will get you nowhere and you’ve got to be able to communicate effectively. While most of these attributes may not come as a surprise, one area that does not correlate with Founder success is a high IQ. To see the traits broken down and explained, check out our latest Infographic explaining “Entrepreneurial DNA”.

The infographic was recently featured on Mashable in the article "The Best Entrepreneurs Are Older, Have Less Ego" by Chris Taylor. Click here to learn more.        


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