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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


The Founder Institute Global Headquarters is in the heart of Silicon Valley, with Local Directors leading chapters across 6 continents.

Founder Institute Global

Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
Jonathan Greechan, Partner, Founder Institute
Cindy Ressi, Operations Manager, Founder Institute
Jean Wong, Operations Associate, Founder Institute
Andrea Chen, Graphic Designer, Founder Institute
Diane Ding, Head of Admissions, Founder Institute
Mark Montalban, Operations Associate, Founder Institute
Ben Larson, Regional Success Manager, Founder Institute
Hercules, Chief Morale Officer, Founder Institute

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