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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

Denver Graduate, iGivefirst Aims to Increase Online Donations With Give Button

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-22

Denver Founder Institute graduate, iGivefirst enables news readers to donate to important causes with the click of a button. Much like the ubiquitous share buttons, iGivefirst places a “Give button” at the top of online news stories with allowing readers to donate to causes like natural disasters and other crises.

Inspired by the Haitian earthquake in 2010, iGivefirst founder, Sharif Youssef felt compelled to aid affected victims, but wanted to have a better idea of where his money was going. Instead of giving to a large charity like the Red Cross, the Give button links to non-profits that relate to the page’s content and the user’s location. Hence, if you are reading a story about a family that lost their home, using the Give button enables concerned readers to help with that specific cause.

With a successful trial in Denver, Youssef now plans to tackle the country’s top 10 media sites: “What we’re doing today is we’re talking to the top media publishers in the United States,” Youssef said. “If we get one of the big guys signed on, the rest will jump on.”

To learn more about iGivefirst, read the full article on Built in Denver.

iGivefirst is a graduate of the Denver Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Spring Semester. If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a startup in Denver, click here to apply today. Those who apply by this Sunday will have all application fees waived and are eligible for Founder Institute Fellowships.

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