At lookingGLASS, we know all about dressing for graduation, but this year we’re part of the festivities. The lookingGLASS brand and our founder graduated from the Founder Institute this month! Cue the confetti (and the perfect outfit).
What is the Founder Institute?
The Founder Institute was launched by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressie and his colleague, Jonathan Greechan after they recognized that most entrepreneurs at the idea and launch stages of their startups lacked structure, feedback, and the network support needed to be successful. With this in mind, the Founder Institute was created to help pre-seed entrepreneurs and teams get traction to raise funding, recruit co-founding teams, build products, and ultimately transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. FI helps turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.
The first Founder Institute program was crowdsourced by over 10,000 CEO members of TheFunded.com, and the inaugural program started in May 2009 in a small classroom at Stanford University. To date, FI has helped launch over 6,800 companies across 200+ cities and six continents, with chapters operating across 100 countries and 9 languages. In total, FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN and are worth an estimated $30BN.
The Founder Institute is led by the following beliefs:
- Great companies start with great people.
- Great companies can be built anywhere.
- Great companies are not built alone.
- Anyone can change the world through entrepreneurship.
- Focus is one of a founder’s greatest challenges.
- Startups are much harder than you think.
How is the Founder Institute connected to lookingGLASS?
As a woman, Lana recognized that entrepreneurship might look a little different for her than for her male counterparts. According to an analysis produced by the Boston Consulting Group, if women participated equally with men as entrepreneurs, global GDP could increase by approximately 3 to 6 percent, adding $2.5 to $5 trillion to the global economy. Despite this positive gain, a surprising statistic from the Kauffman Foundation reports that in 2021 women started 39.9% of businesses, compared to 60% created by men. This is a 20% discrepancy between the number of new female to male entrepreneurs!
Further evidence also suggests that women receive financing at substantially lower rates than men. Harvard Business Review reports that female entrepreneurs receive only about 2% of all venture funding, despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country. With all of this information in mind and a strong admiration for the vision that The Founder Institute is led by, Lana turned to FI for support.
lookingGLASS Lifestyle founder and CEO, Lana Ashby Rowder joined The Founder Institute Austin Spring 2023 Cohort in February and graduated from the program in May. This rigorous sixteen-week program was detrimental to the development of the lookingGLASS team, culture, and the development of our product. The program sessions included weekly opportunities to pitch lookingGLASS Lifestyle to mentors, advisors, and investors, and provided an opportunity to get real-time feedback and advice, which was critically important to lookingGLASS. The Austin Spring 2023 Cohort started with twenty-eight companies and with eight companies ultimately graduating from the program.
Style Advice. Graduation Outfit Ideas
With graduation upon us, it’s time to celebrate our CEO and graduate, Lana Ashby Rowder, and graduate in style. But with this, the age-old question arises, “What outfit should I wear to graduation?”.
We’ve got you covered! We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite graduation outfit ideas for a graduate and their guests.
Graduation Outfit Ideas for the Non-Dress Wearer:
FLORAL LONG SLEEVE PLISSÉ ROMPER:
This super trendy ASOS romper contains flattering fabrication, is lightweight, comfy, and great for wearing under a graduation gown.
MADEWELL SLEEVELESS WIDE-LEG JUMPSUIT IN 100% LINEN
This classic black jumpsuit is perfect for dressing up or down and has a lightweight linen fabrication. Perfect to wear to graduation in the summer heat!
A&F SLOANE TAILORED PANT
This tailored pant (that comes with a vest set!) is trendy, yet sophisticated. Perfect for a graduation guest, as it’s less formal than a blazer, but still very cool.
Graduation Outfit Ideas for the Mom of the Graduate:
TIE FRONT WIDE LEG JUMPSUIT
Flattering on all body types, this wide-leg jumpsuit is comfortable for sitting, comes with a flattering waist sash, and is in a variety of colors (maybe you can even match your grad!).
STRIPE DROP WAIST BUTTON FRONT COTTON DRESS
This classic white dress has a lightweight poplin fabrication and can be jazzed up with bright, fun accessories or shoes, and it is something that can easily be worn for many different occasions.
MINDY DRESS IN LILAC FLORAL
This fun floral dress is easy, breezy, and perfect for summer. With a charming front keyhole neckline, faux wrap, and smocked waist you’ll be comfortable and fashionable while you’re celebrating a graduate.
Graduation Outfit Ideas for Plus Size Women:
This classic black dress has a flattering silhouette and is made from comfy and lightweight materials. Add your personality with fun accessories or dress this midi dress up or down.
This bold, flattering wrap style dress can be dressed up or down and comes in two different styles colors.
Graduation Outfit Ideas for the Graduate:
AFINA INU SATIN MIDI DRESS
This bold midi dress is a head-turner. Stand out at graduation in this fun, trendy pink dress, which can be worn with both sandals or heels.
This floral mini-dress is young and fresh! Perfect for post-graduation celebrations, as it is lightweight and breathable.
MAEVE BELTED WRAP MINI SKIRT
This matching set is perfect for a graduate. It is on trend, eye-catching, and polished, yet fun and youthful.