Tag Archive: Founder Institute

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Fellowship Program Spurs 62% Increase In Female Founder Institute Graduates, New Fellowships Available

    We are now looking for the next batch of Female Fellows, and there are over 10 Fellowships available for the upcoming Spring 2013 semesters across the globe.

    By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)

    As you may or may not know, we introduced the Female Founder Fellowship program two years ago in an effort to increase the number of female-led companies graduating from the Founder Institute’s entrepreneur training program. By giving the best overall female applicant in each city a free course free, we anticipated

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Realities Of Running An Early Stage Startup

    You’ll only face bigger challenges as you move forward.

    By Tiffany Liu (Co-Founder, Logrado)

    Ah, the grand lure of a startup company. Companies with young, hip people wearing sneakers to work. All of them well on their way to making millions after just scribbling down one of their brilliant ideas on a napkin while strolling through the vineyards of Napa Valley.

    I was intrigued by this seemingly exclusive world

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    by Angie Chang

    Here’s Your Chance To Pitch At Founder Showcase (Silicon Valley)

    One lucky female founder will get three (3) free tickets to the event, a space to show off her startup, and an opportunity to pitch on stage as part of the Demo Table Competition.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Teaching Children On Your iPad

    There are probably more women innovating on the iPad to educate the next generation. Let us know about these women and their companies/products in the comments below.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Angry Birds on an iPhone or iPad used to be a good babysitter, but don’t you want to educate your children while they play on your iPad?

    Introducing a host of female-founded startups working to make the iPad experience for your child an educational one. These female founders range from moms to business executives, from programmers to creative types. There is no “type” for edutech entrepreneurs innovating on the iPad.

    Here are female founders building apps and readers for children’s entertainment AND education:

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    by Angie Chang

    Kindara Founder Shares 5 Pearls Of Wisdom (Lessons Learned)

    By Kati Bicknell (Co-Founder, Kindara)

    I’m the co-founder of Kindara. Our mission is to provide women with a full solution (hardware, software, support and education) that makes the Symptothermal Method of fertility management easier than ever before.

    We graduated from the New York Spring 2011 Founder Institute at the top of our class, and recently closed a Friends and Family round of funding. I’m a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and one of the few women in the country being trained as a Fertility Awareness Educator.

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    by Angie Chang

    Apply To The Free 9th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition

    By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)

    Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $30 million without ever being required to pay a dime. Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 in funding is eligible, but time is running out.

    To apply for your chance to present on-stage, click here. The Application Deadline is December 31, 2011, but the sooner you apply, the longer you have to collect votes. Priya Sheth, Guest Blogger on Women 2.0 and Founder Labs Graduate, made it

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    by Angie Chang

    Apply to the Free Founder Showcase Pitch Competition

    By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)

    Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $20 million without ever being required to pay a dime. To apply for your chance to present on-stage, click here.

    Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 USD in funding is eligible, but the Application Deadline is Sunday, October 9th. To see our previous presenters, visit the new Founder Showcase Hall of Fame.

    The Founder Showcase event brings together leading

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    by Angie Chang

    Programs Increasing Number of Women Entrepreneurs

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    You know the adage “two guys in a garage”? Well, not anymore — there are a new crop of accelerators, incubators and programs aimed at creating diverse and remarkably innovative startups.

    Thanks to this new trend in the startup industrial complex, “accelerators are offering the guidance to men and women, but the women are taking advantage of that and that’s made a big difference — particularly for women,” said Francine Sommer with Village Ventures in a DigiDay panel discussion earlier this year.

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    by Angie Chang

    Peer-to-Peer Power Tools Rental Website Launched by Former Aerospace Engineer Priya Sheth

    By Priya Sheth (Founder, Be Scrappy)

    It’s been exactly a year since I decided to quit my job as an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco to become an interaction designer. The move and transition didn’t come easy, but I was given a jump-start into entrepreneurship via the Founder Labs program.

    Being a designer on a Founder Labs team made me realize that I want to build my own company. This past year has been an amazing journey. I’ve realized how a firm vision, hard work and determination can push you to places you thought you could never go.

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Startup Lessons Learned from EcoBold

    By Steffany Boldrini (Founder, Ecobold)

    My startup Ecobold is the “etsy” for natural, non-toxic and sustainable products. We highlight one seller a day with a large discount.

    I always wanted to build a marketplace where people could find the best products for their health. It shocks me that so many things in our shelves have ingredients that can cause cancer, autism, ADD, developmental toxicity, in between other things. I knew that there were sellers out there making fantastic products that are safe for our health and our families, so here we are.

    I’ll share five tips that I’ve learned while building Ecobold

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    by Angie Chang

    Starting A Startup From Scratch With Founder Institute

    By Andrea Lo (Founder, Piggybackr)

    A year ago, I was working in a corporate consulting job crunching numbers and pushing papers, struggling to find a larger sense of purpose. Today, I am busier and happier than ever, founder of my own early stage startup with the help of the Founder Institute, a part-time startup incubator.

    What I learned is that there are resources and people out there interested in helping you succeed, if you take the first step. And if you don’t know where to start, consider enrolling in a startup incubator. There are full-time, part-time, specialty, and…

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    by Angie Chang

    Partner event: Founder Institute Showcase on June 15

    On June 15, 2011 in San Francisco, The Founder Showcase hosted by The Founder Institute will bring together leading investors, founders, and members of the press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness.

    With the investment and startup landscape changing dramatically, guests will be treated to opinions from two of today’s most influential figures in venture capital — Mark Suster, General Partner at GRP Ventures and Writer at “Both Sides of the Table”; and Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder of AngelList and Venture Hacks.

    Women 2.0 members save 15% with discount code “w20″.

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    by Angie Chang

    New Female Founder Fellowship at Founder Institute

    Currently, 16% of Founder Institute startups have a female founder. This ratio beats the average, but quite frankly the average sucks — and we know we can do better.

    Founder Institute is a pre-seed incubator launching a program designed to increase the number of females founders in technology. With a goal of launching 175 female-led tech companies in 2011, Founder Institute is currently on pace to graduate over 600 companies in 2011 across our 17 locations.