In 2014, we embarked upon the opportunity of investing in companies with at least one woman in leadership. We have made 57 investments in 41 companies. See our investments on our portfolio page.
To make the best investment decisions and support our portfolio, we’ve taken the best of a venture fund and an accelerator to launch what we call the Funderator.
The Funderator is a seven-day intensive session designed to recruit, screen, and accelerate the best startups (with at least one woman in leadership). Those seven days will comprise of five days of of rapid-fire feedback from our mentor and alumni network, and the MergeLane team. Following these five days, the Funderator includes two days of Conscious Leadership training, a program we have used with our previous investments and in our well-known Conscious Leadership Camps. We have found that Conscious Leadership training helps founders deepen their commitment to their business, identify team dynamics, and spot the conscious or unconscious beliefs, or patterns that may limit the team’s highest realization of its potential.
Any company in consideration from our venture fund will have the opportunity to participate in the Funderator free of charge. We use the insights we garner in those seven days to help us make investment decisions. Companies chosen for investment have continued access to our MergeLane network and team.
Our next Funderator is November 26th-December 2nd, 2018. Applications are now closed. Companies with at least one woman in leadership that meet our investment criteria, stay tuned for our next call for applications.
Funderator Program Schedule:
Monday, November 26: 9am - 6pm plus a mandatory dinner
Tuesday, November 27: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday, November 28: 9am - 6pm
Thursday, November 29: 9am - 6pm
Friday, November 30: 9am - 6pm
Saturday, December 1: 9am - 5pm plus a mandatory dinner
Sunday, December 2: 9am - 1pm