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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

CBS News New York Reports on the Growing Popularity of Zirtual Assistants

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-02-27

Earlier this week, soon-to-be Las Vegas based startup, Zirtual was featured on a segment of CBS local news in New York. The report highlighted the growing popularity of virtual assistants, and explained how the luxury of having a personal assistant is no longer reserved for the rich and famous. Zirtual, a graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, pairs busy professionals with virtual assistants based on their monthly needs. According to the CBS report, Zirtual assistants can earn anywhere from $6 to $20 per hour and are expected to complete a variety of tasks, such as scheduling appointments and answering emails, all from a remote location.

New York resident and Zirtual assistant, Joanna Cohen has two clients in California. She says, “I do research, I do travel arrangements, and I manage their calendars and their schedules.” In regards to the typical client, Cohen remarks, “it’s people in any walk of life in any situation...it's not just that top exec who has all the money in the world.”

When surveying people on the street, many passersby agreed that having a virtual assistant would free up time and allow them to better manage their personal and or business lives. Local spa owner Olya Piccirillo says, “I could accomplish much more. I would have more time on my hands, so I could do things I enjoy more.”

To learn more about Zirtual and its virtual assistant service, watch the segment below and check out the full article on CBS Local here.



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