Since 2015, MergeLane has invested in nearly 50 companies with at least one woman in leadership.
In 2018, we launched the MergeLane Funderator ℠, which combines the best features of a venture fund and an accelerator to bring extraordinary companies industry-leading mentorship, coaching, and Conscious Leadership.
The Funderator is a five-day intensive session designed to recruit, screen, and accelerate the best startups (with at least one woman in leadership).
The first two days are designated for Conscious Leadership training, a program we have used with all our portfolio companies 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, reduce drama, and spot patterns that may limit the team’s highest realization of its potential.
The next three days are packed with intensive mentoring and rapid-fire feedback from our mentor and alumni network, and in-depth exposure to the MergeLane team.
Following a competitive application and interview process, we invite select companies to participate in the Funderator free of charge. We aim to generate immense value for participating teams, and we use the insights we garner during that week to help us make investment decisions. Companies chosen for investment have continued access to our MergeLane network and team.
Hear what founders and mentors had to say about the 2018 Funderator:
“I’m using my new tools every single day. Literally life-changing.”
– Anja Bump, CEO, Twofold (Funderator Founder)
“We really grew as a team thanks to MergeLane’s focus on Conscious Leadership and authentic communication.”
– Sarah Gersten & Julie Saltman, Co-Founders, Buddle (Funderator Founders)
“The founders seemed amazing, I found myself wanting all of them to win. They were well-prepared, came in with questions, and weren't afraid to dive right in. Loved it.”
– Nicole Glaros, Partner, Techstars (MergeLane Mentor)
“Fantastic startups. Really smart founders who were well-balanced, coachable and knew their stuff.”
– Denise Franklin, Former VP of Revenue at SendGrid and Jim Franklin, Former CEO of SendGrid (MergeLane Mentors)
Our next Funderator is November 4th-November 8th, 2019. Applications open in July 2019. Companies with at least one woman in leadership that meet our investment criteria, sign up for updates below to find out when the 2019 Funderator application opens.