Since its 2015 launch, MergeLane has invested in 41 companies with at least one woman in leadership. MergeLane is proving that investing in women is a powerful investment thesis.
MergeLane's work is centered around the following core initiatives all supporting its mission to advance extraordinary startups with at least one woman in leadership:
MergeLane makes select investment in startups and venture funds with at least one woman in leadership. As a means of generating quality deal flow and performing efficient due diligence on certain candidate companies, MergeLane has launched the MergeLane Funderator.
Our Funderator marries the best features of a venture fund and an accelerator through an intensive seven-day program -- the MergeLane Funderator ℠ -- that incorporates industry-leading mentorship, coaching, and Conscious Leadership. These programs comprise three days of training in Conscious Leadership -- designed to uncover startups’ true commitment to their business, their team dynamics, and the mental barriers standing in their way -- and four days of intensive mentoring from the MergeLane network of mentors and investors and in-depth exposure to the MergeLane team. These programs offer companies enormous acceleration value at no charge, and MergeLane garners a seven-day opportunity to get to know candidate investment companies during this intensive time together.
MergeLane runs intensive three-day Leadership Camps for male and female leaders in startups, industry, and nonprofits designed to accelerate participants’ growth as innovative leaders.
MergeLane invests in companies with
at least one female cofounder or executive with an equity interest and an operating role.
We invest from Seed to Series A.
MergeLane does not consider businesses that are in the idea or concept stage. We strongly prefer companies that have achieved some degree of traction – revenue, contracts, viral user growth, strategic partnerships, etc.
Companies must have a scalable business model and the room for growth needed to achieve venture-level returns.
Companies within any industry are considered. We are most interested in technology-enabled products, services and software.
We seek out inspiring, extraordinary people leading companies tied to their deep and personal passions.
Our motivation is two-fold. First, there are far fewer women in startups than we would expect. We believe diverse companies are stronger companies, and we want to help narrow the gap. Second, data overwhelmingly shows that venture-backed, female-run companies produce higher returns.
This investment thesis and our belief in diversity propel our commitment to MergeLane. We feel compelled to promote exceptional women leaders and the companies they run until it is no longer necessary. We want to make MergeLane obsolete. We will accomplish MergeLane’s goals through openness and inclusiveness. Hear what leaders and past participants say at MergeLane Testimonials.