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Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-09-22

According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with new ways to monetize users.

The Founder Institute, in conjunction with the PayPal Startup Blueprint Program, wants to support entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas on monetization. As a result, we are announcing the "Startup Blueprint Scholarship" Program, which gives aspiring entrepreneurs with new ideas for accepting payments the opportunity to attend the Founder Institute program for free in select markets. 

For the upcoming Fall 2014 Semesters, the strongest applicant in Chicago, Denver, and Washington D.C. will receive the "Startup Blueprint Scholarship" to attend our renowned entrepreneur training and startup launch program for free (approx. $1,000 value). In addition, the Founder Institute and PayPal are awarding $1,000 USD towards incorporation and other business expenses for the company with the most innovative monetization idea after the midway point in these Fall Semesters. 

To apply:

  1. Apply to the ChicagoDenver, Washington D.C., or Silicon Valley Fall 2014 Programs
  2. Write one paragraph on your monetization ideas in the application under "Field 2: Provide 2-4 paragraphs on a field that you are passionate about” and include "Startup Blueprint" at the top of your answer. 
  3. Then, our admissions team will review your work and let you know the decision within a couple days a each semester's Final Deadline. 
Some of the Founder Institute's most promising Graduate companies innovated on revenue model and payments, such as Zipmark, Realty Mogul, and RushTix. PayPal's tools and technology are great for startups, and with this partnership we hope to push more of our incoming entrepreneurs to innovate on monetization" - Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. "

The PayPal Startup Blueprint Program, by PayPal, is a global program that partners with top tier startups incubators, accelerators and VCs, and provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed. Participants in the program get significant perks, including up to 18 months of free PayPal transaction fees (up to $50,000 USD) and 18 months of free Braintree transaction fees (up to $100,000 USD of total payments volume), as well as top-notch dedicated customer service and ongoing mentorship with thought leaders and PayPal Developer Relations teams.

Also, be sure to check out the latest PayPal/Braintree technlogy called “", a scalable, client-side SDK for payments. 

For more information, visit

Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

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