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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

Piggybackr helps youth make a difference through crowdfunding

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2013-02-25

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe.

This profile on Piggybackr, a graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2011 by Andrea Lo, Piggybackr offers an online platform for youth to meet their fundraising goals.




In an age where consumerism is a norm, youth who care about causes bigger than what gifts they’ll receive at Christmas and on their birthdays deserve recognition and some extra assistance to see their passions through. Startup Piggybackr wants to help the new generation of philanthropists and activists to campaign for the causes they care about with its easy-to-use online platform.

Founded by Andrea Lo in 2011, Piggybackr was inspired by Lo’s little sister’s own desire to raise money to save the rainforest by selling bracelets when she was 11 years old. Witnessing her sister see her fundraising goals to completion while also building foundational skills in business and gaining confidence in her own abilities awakened Lo’s own passion for helping youth who want to make a tangible difference in the world.

“We want to change the face of youth fundraising and let these youth connect with more people than just the people that they might connect with offline,” Lo explains in an interview

In a nutshell, Piggybackr is fundraising in the 21st century--powered by technology and made possible with crowdfunding. It essentially swaps age-old fundraising efforts such as the selling of low-margin, consumer goods, and streamlines it by offering training for youth in the areas of fundraising and entrepreneurship and bringing the entire fundraising process online. With Piggybackr’s platform, youth can reach out to businesses, family members, and friends anywhere in the world with just a few clicks. 

To get started with Piggybackr, users band into teams, which are led by a team leader who must be at least 13 years of age and guided by an adult and parent. Anyone can register free of charge for a Piggybackr account; and the company simply charges a flat 5 percent and $0.30 transaction fee per donation.

With a roster of success stories already under its belt, Piggybackr is poised to change the way the next generation champions for worthy causes. And that’s a cause we can definitely get behind.


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