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Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-09-28

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Editor’s Note: Last February we unveiled a new program named the Female Founder Fellowship, to grow the number of female tech founders by providing free Course Fees for the best female applicants to the Founder Institute. The FFF program helped spur a 30% increase in female graduates globally in just a few months time. I'm happy to report we have now graduated nearly 100 female founders: 21% of our total.
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