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Female Founder Accelerator 

We help female founders access investment. Our Accelerator will get you investor ready during our 4-week programme with a mixture of in person and virtual workshops led by industry experts, as well as introductions to those all-important lead investors.

 

If you are looking for fundraise in the next 12 months and you want to stand out against the competition, meet investors and close your next funding round, apply today!

Spring Cohort
29th May - 19th June 2024
Applications now closed.
Join our waitlist to be the first to hear about our next programme.

How we help.

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No cost.

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No Equity.

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Get Investor Ready.

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Introductions to Lead VCs.

Eligibility

Why Female Founders?

Female underrepresentation within entrepreneurship and innovation indicates a fundamentally flawed funding system.

Today, only 2% of venture capital funds are allocated to female-led startups.

In total, The World Bank estimates the funding gap between men and women to be valued at £1.3 trillion.

The finance sector needs to implement solutions from the top down to help solve this – such as getting more women on investor panels – but this kind of change takes a long time to come into effect.

So, we decided to do something that can generate results, quickly.

We’re running a Female Founder Accelerator, made up of 8 workshops across 4 weeks,

each designed to get female entrepreneurs ‘investor-ready’.

Eligibility Criteria.

Female Founder

UK Registered

1-3 Years Trading

Pre-seed / Early Seed

Tech enabled product or service

Demonstrate market traction

Find out more

Our Programme.

WEEK 1
NAVIGATING
THE WORLD OF FUNDRAISING

 

 

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The Workshops.

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WEEK 1
NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF FUNDRAISING

We kick off our four-week Accelerator by opening the floor to each of our cohort members, as well as experts of the corporate finance landscape, who will map out the world of funding.

 

We'll also be joined by other founders who have successfully progressed through the investment journey, offering you first-hand advice and what they wish they'd known to begin with.

WEEK 1
1-2-1 PITCH DECK REVIEW

Matt Dangell, Jump Accounting

Refine your pitch deck and elevate your chances of success with our personalised 1-2-1 Pitch Deck Review Session!

In this exclusive opportunity, experienced mentors will provide tailored insights into your pitch deck, offering constructive feedback on content, structure, and delivery. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or seasoned professional, this session is designed to enhance your pitch, captivate investors, and fine-tune your narrative for maximum impact.

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WEEK 2
CONDUCTING MARKETRESEARCH

Will Hargreaves, Pioneer Research

In this workshop you'll learn the vital primary and secondary market research strategies to shape value propositions, validate ideas and pitch ventures, and predict consumer behaviour. ​

We'll run through where you can find crucial data, how to pick the right customer segment, how to size a market, and so much more.​

WEEK 2
MARKETING 101

Neha Divanji, Growth Spin

Digital Marketing Agency, Growth Spin works with tech startups and are experts in making the impossible happen for their clients. Whether it's transforming their brand, increasing leads and traffic to their website, or surpassing PPC expectations.

In this workshop, discover the power of brand performance for your startup. Neha will run our cohort through everything from brand guidelines and launch plans to social media, SEO and content creation.

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WEEK 3
ALL THINGS LEGAL

Katie McFadden, MBM Commercial

Do you want to make sure you have all of your legal ducks in a row, so you can scale your business safely? Then join Katie of MBM Commercial for her legal workshop.

This workshop will cover everything from setting up, to contracts, to trademarking and protecting your brand, to the legal side of attracting investment for your business (and much more).

WEEK 3
HOW TO MASTER
CLIENT ONBOARDING

Jonny Steventon, 55 Technologies UK

In this session, we'll explore proven strategies and best practices that empower you to create exceptional user experiences.

Whether you're a product manager, designer, or marketer, you'll gain valuable insights on optimising your onboarding process to boost user engagement, reduce churn, and drive sustainable growth. Discover the key principles, tools, and case studies that will transform your user onboarding journey into a competitive advantage.

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WEEK 3
BOOST CASHFLOW THROUGH
R&D TAX CREDITS

Max Raynor, Claim Capital

During this session Max will explore how to utilize different forms of innovation funding - What's more its non dilutive! 

 

You'll learn how to elevate your business through the R&D Tax Credits scheme. The session will demystify the intricacies of Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. Learn how to leverage these credits to fuel innovation, boost your bottom line, and gain a competitive edge. From eligibility criteria to the application process, our webinar provides a streamlined overview, ensuring you're equipped to maximize returns on your R&D investments.

WEEK 4
PEER PITCH NIGHT

The final workshop of the series puts everything you've learned during the programme into practice. Each founder will be given the opportunity to pitch for feedback from the cohort and partners. The session will help you refine your presentation skills and perfect your elevator pitch for your start-up's, an essential when networking with investors. 

 

With your sharpened skillset and comprehensive feedback, you'll be ready to present your business to that all-important investor panel.

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