In 2014, we embarked upon the opportunity of investing in companies with at least one woman in leadership through the creation of a three-month accelerator that admitted only those companies. We made investments inside and outside the program, and we've made 55 investments in 39 companies. See our investments on our portfolio page.
Since 2014, top accelerators like Techstars have made it their priority to recruit more women. We’re thrilled about that. We also believe we do not need three months with a company to make an investment decision.
So we’ve taken the best of a venture fund and an accelerator, and launching 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 three days of Conscious Leadership training, a program we have used in all our accelerator classes 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.
Following these three days, the Funderator includes four days of rapid-fire feedback from our mentor network and the MergeLane team and alumni network. Any company in consideration from our venture fund will have the opportunity to participate in the Funderator free of charge. We will use the insights we garner in those seven days to help us make investment decisions. Companies chosen for investment will have continued access to our MergeLane network and team.
Our next Funderator is November 26th-December 2nd, 2018. Apply Now.