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Washington DC Fellowships

The Founder Institute offers a number of different Fellowships, providing opportunity for promising founders to build a startup in our idea-stage startup accelerator program, free of charge.

See the list of Fellowships being offered for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester below, and be sure to apply, get accepted, and enroll by the Early Admissions Deadline of 2020-07-19 to be eligible.

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The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Startup Grind-Columbia MD Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Startup Grind-Columbia MD, . Through the , everyone from the Startup Grind-Columbia MD community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Techstars-Washington DC Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Techstars-Washington DC, . Through the , everyone from the Techstars-Washington DC community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

The Frankfurt Valley Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary entrepreneurs applicant from the Frankfurt Valley & Mainstage Incubator Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Frankfurt Valley & Mainstage Incubator, Frankfurt Valley with the collaboration of Mainstage Incubator. Through the Frankfurt Valley Fellowship, everyone from the Frankfurt Valley & Mainstage Incubator community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Frankfurt Valley Fellowship for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Frankfurt Valley Fellowship 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. 


Click here to apply for the Frankfurt Valley Fellowship.

 

The &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary female leaders applicant from the &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main, Career Relaunch Partners. Through the &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main Fellowship, everyone from the &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main Fellowship for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main Fellowship 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. 


Click here to apply for the &ahead and Women Who Inspire Rhein Main Fellowship.

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the VibesOffices Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: VibesOffices, . Through the , everyone from the VibesOffices community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Riyadahtech Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Riyadahtech, . Through the , everyone from the Riyadahtech community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

The Founder Institute's mission is to empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs. This includes talented and motivated people of all backgrounds, and as such, we are committed to narrowing the gender gap in high-tech startups.

Since launching in 2009, we have graduated over 1,500 female-led businsses across six continents.

These Graduates employ thousands of people, have raised over $65 Million in financing, and are building products people love all across the globe. Some highlights include Realty Mogul, Feetz, Wedding Party (acquired by Instacart), Tapgenes, Skimble, Kindara, Enerknol, Rushtix, Cashtivity, Thesis Couture, 2RedBeans, GreenKidCrafts, and many more.

Through the Female Founder Fellowship program, all women across the globe can apply to the Founder Institute for free below, and the top technical female applicant in each of our 185+ cities will receive free access to our idea-stage accelerator program, office hours with a top female entrepreneur, and other free resources to help them build a startup.

This is not about providing special treatment - the majority of applicants to the Founder Institute do not get accepted, and this will always be the case because we employ a quantitative Predictive Admissions Assessment in our application process. This test was specifically designed, and is constantly calibrated, to identify entrepreneurial personality traits and remove all forms of subjective bias. The Female Founder Fellowship program is simply designed to inspire and grow the number of female applicants to our program, which will ultimately lead to more female-founded technology companies across the globe.

Build a Company with the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. Through a challenging and rigorous curriculum, we provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the structure, training, mentor feedback, global network, and lifetime of support needed to start an enduring company. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more.

Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute focuses on founders instead of ideas. If you are talented and motivated to do the work required to build an enduring tech or tech-enabled company, then we want to hear from you. This includes aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding.

What to Expect?

To qualify for the Female Founder Fellowship for the Frankfurt Virtual 2020 Founder Institute, you must complete your application below before the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-12). 

After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Predictive Admissions Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants. If you would like to learn more about our Admissions Process and review criteria, visit FI.co/admissions.

The recipient of the Fellowship will be notified within one week after the Early Deadline. 

Not Ready?

If you want to learn more, our Overview page is a good place to start.

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the CoCreate Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CoCreate, . Through the , everyone from the CoCreate community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the 36 Degrees North Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: 36 Degrees North, . Through the , everyone from the 36 Degrees North community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

The WeWork Labs Members Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary startups applicant from the WeWork Labs Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: WeWork Labs, Empowering Global Innovation. Through the WeWork Labs Members Fellowship, everyone from the WeWork Labs community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the WeWork Labs Members Fellowship for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the WeWork Labs Members Fellowship 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. 


Click here to apply for the WeWork Labs Members Fellowship.

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the STARTUP HOUSE Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: STARTUP HOUSE, . Through the , everyone from the STARTUP HOUSE community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary Female entrepreneurs applicant from the Liderança Feminina de Angola Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Liderança Feminina de Angola, The Mission: To value the Woman Leader. It is born from a dream and a need in which Women should establish more relationships of trust and bet on the development of their maximum potential. Advocate for Gender Equality!. Through the , everyone from the Liderança Feminina de Angola community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

The Female Founder Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary technical female applicant for each semester, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as a woman with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Founder Institute is committed to narrowing the gender gap in high tech startups, and in order to empower more females to launch technology companies, we have launched the Female Founder Initiative to create more opportunities for female founders through the Founder Institute, and enable women to build successful companies. 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 apply, get accepted, and enroll in the program by the Early Deadline listed on the top of this page. Any woman 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 NOVA is awarded to the most extraordinary entrepreneurs applicant from the NOVA Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: NOVA, . Through the NOVA, everyone from the NOVA community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the NOVA for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the NOVA 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. 


Click here to apply for the NOVA.

 

Through the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from Washington DC will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the "Startup Our Veterans" Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Saturday, April 30, 2016, using this link.


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


Click here to apply for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship.

 

The Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary veteran applicant from the Vet-Tech Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Vet-Tech, America's Startup Accelerator for Military Veterans. Through the Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship, everyone from the Vet-Tech community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship 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. 


Click here to apply for the Vet-Tech Veteran's Fellowship.

 

The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.


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


Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.

 

The is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the LEAN IN Community, giving them the opportunity to participate in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: LEAN IN, . Through the , everyone from the LEAN IN community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($999 USD value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Semester, you must complete your application, be accepted to the program, and submit your payment by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19), using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 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. 


Click here to apply for the .

 

Through the Frontier Technology Fellowship, any Founder building "Frontier Technology" can apply to any Founder Institute chapter for free, and extraordinary applicants that demonstrate the highest potential for transformative impact will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's startup launch program for free as well.


There is no shortage of big problems facing humanity, but there is a shortage of ambitious startups trying to solve them. However, more than ever before, entrepreneurs building impact-focused companies can truly change the world.

Through the Frontier Technology Fellowship, the Founder Institute aims to inspire and empower ambitious entrepreneurs to pursue world-changing problems, and create transformative change for humanity. Through this Fellowship, any Founder building "Frontier Technology" can apply to any Founder Institute chapter for free, and extraordinary applicants that demonstrate the highest potential for transformative change will will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's startup launch program for free as well.

Top founders with ideas or companies addressing some of the hardest problems facing humanity will be considered for the Frontier Technology Fellowship, including (but not limited to) ideas across (1) Biotech/ Healthcare, (2) Cleantech/ Emissions, (3) Food/ Water, (4) Energy/ Transportation, and (5) Space Exploration.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Frontier Technology Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by the Early Admissions Deadline , using this link.


Grant: Any recipients of the Frontier Technology Fellowship in a program will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Frontier Technology Fellowship.

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