Since its 2015 launch, MergeLane has invested in 37 companies and run three successful accelerators.
MergeLane has 37 portfolio companies, including 27 accelerator cohort alumni. In sum, MergeLane’s accelerator cohorts have raised $23.8 million in funding and created 469 jobs, including 46 leadership roles for women.
MergeLane’s next chapter marries the best features of a venture fund and a three-month accelerator through an intensive eight-day program -- the MergeLane Funderator ℠ -- that incorporates industry-leading mentorship, coaching, and Conscious 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 female in leadership:
MergeLane will make select investment in startups with at least one female 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.
MergeLane runs a series of eight-day immersive programs for startups with at least one female in 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 five 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 an eight-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.
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.