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The NYU Female Founders Fellowship provides extensive training, mentorship, and networking opportunities to student entrepreneurs at NYU who are committed to advancing gender equality in entrepreneurship. Female Founders Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for loan alleviation grants of up to $50,000. This is an opportunity for NYU student entrepreneurs to build networks with renowned founders and investors across the US, to hone their leadership skills, and to get financial support for their ventures and to help alleviate their student loan debt all while contributing to closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship.
NYU students may apply for the fellowship in fall and spring, via a similar application as for the next upcoming Startup Sprint.
The next Female Founders Fellowship applications will open in early November and will be due December 3rd, at noon. RSVP for an info session below to learn more!
Female Founders Fellowship
Each Fellow will receive mentorship, training, and resources to support their venture and themselves, including:
Training: Fellows will have access to comprehensive startup training, and will be invited to participate in the:
Coaching: Regular (monthly or more frequent) coaching sessions with members of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Coaching Team, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and/or Founders in Residence.
Mentoring: Fellows will be paired with seasoned entrepreneurial and investor mentors from the greater NYC and US startup communities. Further, fellows will have access to a network of 120+ external mentors and funders through the broader network of mentors at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute.
Female Founders Network Access: Fellows will be invited to participate in monthly community events, and an annual full-day Female Founders Forum, alongside the broader NYU community. Fellows will also be offered exclusive networking opportunities, via:
Invitation to Apply for Financial Award: The NYU Female Founders Fellowship aims to enable more founders to pursue their ventures after graduation by removing some of the financial burden of student loan debt. NYU Female Founders Fellows are invited to apply for Loan Alleviation Grants as they prepare to graduate. Grants will be awarded to 15-25 Fellows per year and the awards will range from $5K to $50K per fellow.
Female Founders Circle
In addition to the Fellowship, we've launched a new program for founders who's ventures are at an earlier stage than those of the Fellows: the Female Founders Circle. The Female Founders Circle comes with several benefits, including:
There is only one application for both the Fellowship and the Circle.
The NYU Female Founders Fellowship is open to NYU undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs who are enrolled in a degree program from any NYU school or college, who are actively working on a startup venture. Recent alumni entrepreneurs who have graduated within the last year (at the time of application) and who started their venture while studying at NYU are also welcome to apply.
We seek to build a diverse, inclusive cohort of fellows, and we welcome applications from any student with a demonstrated commitment to women’s issues in the entrepreneurial space, regardless of gender and including but not limited to students who identify as trans*, gender non-conforming, non-binary, or genderqueer.
All applicants must personally demonstrate:
Applicant's Venture Considerations:
Students pursuing ventures in any sector may apply (social impact, healthcare, biotech, deep tech, consumer products, enterprise technology, etc.). Independent of sector, the program has a strong preference for entrepreneurs tackling meaningful problems, building novel/differentiated solutions, and for businesses capable of radically scaling (including non-profits).
We’ll consider how applicants answer the following questions about their venture:
Loan Alleviation Grant Selection Criteria:
The selection criteria for the Loan Alleviation Grants is currently being finalized. Final selection criteria will be published to this website prior to opening the next round of applications in the Fall. It is expected that the following will be used as high-level guidelines to determine award amounts:
We’re pleased to announce the 12 Spring 2021 Fellows!
The Fall '21 Female Founders Fellows will be announced in September.
I’m interested in becoming a fellow, but I don’t hold any student loans. Can I still apply?
Yes! Fellows can receive the full benefits of mentorship and programmatic support, without applying for or receiving the Student Loan Alleviation Grants.
I graduated over a year ago from NYU. Can I still apply for the fellowship and the student loan alleviation grant?
No. Only students who graduated from NYU less than a year prior to their application, and who started their ventures while at NYU, are eligible to apply for the fellowship or for the student Loan Alleviation Grants.
I don’t have student loans for my NYU education, however I do have student loans from prior education. Am I eligible to apply for the loan alleviation grant?
Yes! If you have student loan debt (regardless of which educational institution you attended when you incurred the debt) and meet the other criteria for the program you’re eligible to apply for the grant.
Are the Student Loan Alleviation Grants taxable?
Grants may be taxable. Please consult with an accountant prior to filing your taxes to fully understand tax consequences.
How and when will the Grants be dispersed?
The Student Loan Alleviation Grants will be paid directly to the founder (not to the founder’s venture). If funding is awarded, it will be given post-graduation in the form of a grant, with proof of graduation required to receive the funds. Further details for the grant disbursement are still being finalized but will be updated prior to disbursement.
How many student loan alleviation grants will be awarded each year?
We anticipate awarding between 10-25 student loan alleviation grants to fellows each year.