Today we opened the application for the second class of the MergeLane accelerator. Our 2016 class — starting on February 1, 2016 – will comprise 10 fantastic startups with least one female in leadership. We could not be more excited about meeting these entrepreneurs.
This will be our second class of MergeLane, and our first year was a fantastic ride. We met and graduated eight terrific startups. We saw a frankly astonishing wave of inspiring launches of funds and programs focusing on women in leadership as a business decision. We found ourselves on a burgeoning map around this issue. We won a wonderful $50,000 award from the US Government. I’m not going to lie: momentum is a really pleasant sensation.
We are excited about year two. We have traveled around the country meeting fantastic female-led companies. We have scoured award lists and other databases to uncover startups that satisfy our criteria. We have talked to hundreds of companies, many of which were not even considering a startup accelerator. We have added phenomenal new mentors, investors, and speakers to our lineup.
Here’s what we want you to know about the 2016 application:
Apply sooner vs. later. We are doing rolling admissions, and it benefits you and your company to file a completed application soon.
Looking forward to a phenomenal 2016 MergeLane class that hopefully includes you or someone you know and admire. In case you missed it, the MergeLane 2016 Application is here.
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