Silicon Valley Founder Institute’s Female Founder Initiative and WomenTech Network


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    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 empowering women to build great technology companies

    The Female Founder Initiative powered by the Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to partner with Women Tech Network to help narrow the gender gap in technology by providing more opportunities for women to launch startups. The women in tech focused network is a global platform powered by Coding Girls and Tech Family Ventures promoting diversity in the tech, leadership and entrepreneurship.

    Through the Female Founder Fellowship program, we aim to inspire and support early-stage female founders in the Women Tech Network by providing: 

    • Feedback and Mentorship from 500+ top startup leaders including WomenTech and Tech Family Ventures Co-Founder Anna Radulovski.
    • Several Female Founder Fellowships awarded to the top female applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free.
    • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors and Advisors
    • More than $2M in Partner Deals and Resources

    Since launching the Female Founder Fellowship program in 2011 the Founder Institute has made great strides toward reaching a more gender balanced portfolio. In recent years, +30% of companies created were founded by women across Founder Institute programs, and 38% across their three largest markets.

    These Graduates employ thousands of people, have raised over $65 Million in financing, and are building products people love all across the globe. Some of Founder Institute’s top female-founded portfolio companies include Realty Mogul, Zirtual, Skimble, Memetales, Kindara, Enerknol, RushtixWhizmeal, 2RedBeans, GreenKidCrafts, and many more. 

    Launched in 2016, the Female Founder Initiative provides support for women founders all over the globe through their funding-focused webinar series, pitch deck feedback opportunities, mentor-led group office hours, monthly newsletter, and global slack channel. 

    Any female founder who is interested can apply to the Founder Institute at


    About the Founder Institute

    The Founder Institute ( is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs "learn by doing" and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can test their business ideas and start building a company without putting their livelihood at risk.

    Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 3,000 companies, which have created over 20,000+ new jobs. The company's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

    The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.

    About WomenTech Network

    WomenTech Network is a ​community that promotes ​gender diversity in the tech and connects talented and skilled professionals with top companies and disruptive startups that value diversity and inclusion. Motivated by the opportunity to help close the gender gap in technology we support local ecosystems on a global scale as a network powered by Coding Girls, Tallocate and Tech Family Ventures.