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 October 19th-October 25th, 2019. Applications will open in 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.