Sustainable Impact Accelerator.
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 investors. If you want to stand out against
the competition, meet investors and close your next funding round, apply today!
How we help.
Get Investor Ready.
Introductions to Lead VCs.
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’.
1-3 Years Trading
Pre-seed / Early Seed
Able to demonstrate market traction
Minimum 1 active client or pilot
THE WORLD OF FUNDRAISING
NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF FUNDRAISING
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.
Make a great first impression with a new and improved pitch deck. Serkan Ferah from PitchSpace will show you all you need to know to elevate your pitch and excite investors.
This workshop will introduce cohort members to the types, formats, and purpose of a pitch deck, explore the importance of storytelling, and how to find investors’ hot points. You’ll also gain insight into the do’s and don’ts of a pitch deck and what to expect in investor conversations, leaving enough time to answer all your pitch deck Q&As.
FINE TUNE YOUR
Serkan Ferah, PitchSpace
CONDUCTING MARKET RESEARCH
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.
Caroline Urban, 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 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).
PERFECTING YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS
Louise Roberts, OTD Training
The Power Presenter workshop encapsulates more than a decade of research into a model that works for every business, equipping founders with techniques used by the world’s leading presenters.
Understand your audience, learn how to adopt strategic styles, develop unwavering self-confidence, and utilise interactive technology to enhance your performance.
The final workshop of the series puts everything you've learned during the programme into practice, with selected members of the cohort being chosen to present their new and improved pitch.
The pitch night event will give each presenter 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.
Female Founder Accelerator - Autumn Cohort
Applications are now closed.
Join the waitlist for our next cohort.