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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 to be an Effective Startup Leader, by @StephenMeadeLA

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-15

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In this talk from the the Los Angeles Founder Institute, Stephen Meade emphasizes the importance of effective leadership. He says a founder’s goal is to convince others to come on the journey with them, and to ultimately see adopt the vision as their own.

Stephen Meade is a serial entrepreneur who currently acts as chairman for Big Bamboo LLC, a holding company that incubates start-up companies from innovative idea to market-ready. In addition to his position at Big Bamboo, Stephen serves as a mentor for the Los Angeles Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Spring Semester.

Along with persistence and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, Stephen says starting a company like climbing a mountain. Having a vision of your end goal (the peak of the mountain), you will have a much greater chance of success. Without your goal in sight, you are far more likely to give up.

If you are interested in meeting with local entrepreneurs like Stephen and getting feedback on your next business idea, join us for one of our many free startup events around the world. The Founder Institute regularly hosts pitching bootcamps, idea workshops, and startup networking events for founders in all stages of company development.

Whether you have built and sold multiple companies or are simply interested in learning more about startups, check out our event calendar to attend an event near you. Visit www.fi.co/events for more information.


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