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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’s Convertible Equity Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-10-03

Earlier today the Founder Institute's new early-stage investing vehicle, Convertible Equity, was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in an article by Jessica Vascellaro entitled “New Tack in Early Stage Tech-Investing.” 

The piece illustrates the issues "haphazard approaches to seed investing in the past" (namely, Convertible Debt) have created, and how the Founder Institute's "Convertible Equity" approach aims to mitigate those issues. According to Vascellaro, "The unruly business of early-stage technology investing is starting to look more grown-up." 


Convertible equity is intended to be an alternative to convertible debt - keeping all of the same benefits of speed and flexibility, but without the risk of debt. Tom Arnold, CEO of PetHub and graduate of the Seattle Founder Institute, is an advocate for the new investment vehicle, and says he recently raised $100,000 of Convertible Equity from friends. He loves that it “doesn’t get carried as debt on [his] books”.   

For more information on Convertible Equity, see the documentation here, or read the following articles;  

Founder Institute’s Convertible Equity Featured in the Wall Street Journal

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