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Female Founder Accelerator for UK Startups.

We help founders access investment. Our sector-agnostic Female Founder Accelerator will get you investor ready with 6 evening workshops led by industry experts, as well as 
introductions to those all-important lead investorsIf you want to stand out against
the competition, meet investors and close your next funding round, 
apply today!

Spring Cohort
6th March - 10th April 2024

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 six weekly workshops 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

Spring 2024

 

 

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The Workshops.

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WEEK 1
NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF FUNDRAISING

Spring 2024 Programme

We kick off our six-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 world of funding.

 

We'll also be joined by female 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 2
ALL THINGS
LEGAL

 

Caroline Urban, MBM Commercial

Spring 2024 Programme

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 Caroline Urban 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).

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WEEK 3
CONDUCTING MARKET RESEARCH

 

Will Hargreaves, Pioneer Research

Spring 2024 Programme

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 4
MARKETING 101

Neha Divanji, Growth Spin

Spring 2024 Programme

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 5
NAVIGATING YOUR FUNDRAISING JOURNEY

 

Matt Dangell, Jump Accounting

Spring 2024 Programme

Jump provides a growth-focused accounting service for startups and SMEs and are well versed in all things fundraising. 

This workshop will talk our cohort members through all things fundraising and finance, including the fundraising stage your business falls into, which types of investors you should approach as well as the importance of financial forecasting and valuations.

WEEK 6
PITCH NIGHT

Spring 2024 Programme 

The final workshop of the series puts everything you've learned during the programme into practice. Four members of the cohort will be selected to present their new and improved pitch.

 

The pitch night event will give each of the 4 presenters the chance to receive valuable feedback from the experts and your fellow founders.

 

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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Additional Specialist Support throughout the Accelerator

- Direct access to VC Investors

- 1-2-1 Pitch Deck Review 

- Client Onboarding and User Journey webinar 

- Innovation Funding webinar 

- Office hours with an Advisory Specialist

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