2020 Program Details

Last year, TechCrunch dubbed Ready Set Raise the “Y Combinator for female founders”. We think we can do even better. Let’s show them how.

Despite our own short trajectory, we’ve demonstrated results – our 2nd cohort raised nearly $5M at the pre-seed stage in just a few months. Our goal this year is to make these results replicable, so that we can make them scalable. And to do this in the midst of a global pandemic, economic instability, and a spooked and challenging fundraising environment. Here’s what previous founders had to say about the program:

“The access is unreal. There is no way I would have connections with everyone I do now without RSR, nor would I ever have gotten my pitch as tight as I did without the intense work.” – RSR Founder

“This was a life changing experience. Made amazing connections, and came a LONG way in just a few weeks.” – RSR Founder

“You should just apply. Ready Set Raise will make you a better CEO, founder, and presenter.” – RSR Founder

The 2020 program will run from October 19th to December 11th.

Program Highlights

Fundraising

Hone your messaging, prepare your slides, practice your delivery, and develop relationships with our vetted network of investors.

Cohort Experience

True camaraderie and support. Build deep relationships with founders who are on the journey with you.

Access to Experts

Expand your network and unlock opportunity through working with experts across all business disciplines.

Meet Cohort 3

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Brightly
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Datacy
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FixFake
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Gearo
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Health In Her HUE
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Mary Louise Cosmetics
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TBD Health
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What Is Ready Set Raise?

Ready Set Raise is a national startup accelerator, consciously created by and for women and non-binary founders. Through an eight-week pitching and fundraising program, founders will work with Coaches and Mentors to perfect their pitch and get ready to raise.

Made Possible By Our Partners

Mentors and Speakers

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Alex Iskold
2048 Ventures
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Alexis DePree
Nordstrom
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Ali Rosenthal
Leadout Capital
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Alicia Dara
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Arean van Veelan
OfferUp
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Arry Yu
Yellow Umbrella Ventures
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Astha Malik
Zendesk
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Benn Bollay
Fusebit
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Bill Bryant
Threshold Ventures
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Brianna Rader
Juicebox
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Carin Luna-Ostaseski
SIA Scotch Whisky
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Carolyn Fikke
Golden Seeds
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Cat Hernandez
The Venture Collective
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Christie Pitts
Backstage Capital
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Colleen Badgley
Cooley
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David Grampa
Grubstakes VC
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Denisha Kuhlor
Grasshopper Bank
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Elisa La Cava
Madrona Venture Group
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Elissa Fink
Advisor
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Elizabeth Edwards
H Venture Partner
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Emily Bruemmer
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Francesca Puccinelli
Carta
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Gabby Cazeau
Harlem Capital
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Geraldine Chin Moody
5H Values Capital
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Giselle Rivers
Cooley
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Ian Bergman
Microsoft
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Janet DeFrino
Five Mile Advisors
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Jarrid Tingle
Harlem Capital
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Javier Soto
Angel Investor
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Jennifer Savage
Illuminate Ventures
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Jessica Loché-Eggert
LegUp
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Jonathan Chang
Trend Forward Capital
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Judith Erwin
Grasshopper Bank
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Karthik Sivakumar
Pro.com
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Kate Berry
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Katheryn Madonia
Vectr Ventures
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Kelley Oreglia
Carta
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Kirby Winfield
Ascend VC
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Kristen Durham
Zendesk
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Kristina Bergman
Integris Software Inc.
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Laura Malcolm
Give InKind
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Laura Medina
Cooley
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Lauren Creel
Cooley
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Lauren Kane
Angel Investor
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Len Jordan
Madrona Venture Group
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Lyra Correa
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Maria Hess
Madrona Venture Labs
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Maryam Casbarro
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Micah Baldwin
Angel Investor
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Nathalie Walton
Expectful
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Nitya Rajendran
Tribeca Venture Partners
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Phoebe Huang
Cooley
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Rachel R. Marmor
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Rodrigo J Prudencio
Amazon
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Saira Rahman
Alpine Bank
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Sandra Campos
Fashion Launchpad
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Sara Semnani
Cooley
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Sarah K. Duran
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Sarah Imbach
Angel Investor
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Serena Glover
Angel Investor
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Sharad Agarwal
Angel Investor
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Shiyan Koh
Hustle Fund VC
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Sonya Erickson
Cooley
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Steven Plappert
Forecastr
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Sudeshna Basu
Zendesk
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Sydney Thomas
Precursor Ventures
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Timothy Chen
Essence VC
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Tim Porter
Madrona Venture Group
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Vrushali Paunikar
Carta
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Wendy Nunnelley
Angel Investor
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Yohei Nakajima
Scrum Ventures

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the program designed for? What stage ventures are best suited for RSR?

Applicants must have a woman or non-binary CEO and their company must be positioned to accept investment.

Companies who succeed in our program have businesses that are truly ready to raise. This accelerator is designed to help you refine your pitch and broaden your exposure to mentors & investors. This typically means companies with evidence of market adoption, either in the form of pilot customers, revenue, or other relevant traction.

Our goal is to find, support, and advance high-growth, pre-seed startups across North America. CEOs are encouraged to bring co-founders to all programming.

How much time will the program require?

In 2020, the program will be fully virtual, occupying up to 30hrs/week during the program.

What can I expect from the Investor Showcase?

Our Investor Showcase features vetted investors from diverse geographies who are known to invest in women and non-binary-founded startups.

What kind of support will I get during the program?

The FFA team and the rest of your Cohort will be there for you every step of the way. Our Coaches and Mentors are hand-selected and encouraged to take active championing roles, not just provide armchair advice.

Do I need to give up any equity to participate?

We do not take participant equity. Our only requirement is that you grant us pro rata rights. These are structured as the opportunity to invest up to $200k in a future round, at a 20% discount from the lead investor’s terms in the round.

We designed Ready Set Raise to be both super selective, and as (or more) founder-friendly than the best, equally selective programs out there. That’s why it is entirely subsidized (we hustle to get corporate partner dollars so it’s zero tuition cost to everyone), we don’t take any equity, and we don’t dictate the valuation of the companies that we invest in after. The only benefit we ask for that is different than your terms to every other investor is a one-time discount that is capped at $40k (20% of $200k). We want you to succeed and we’re betting our whole program on just 8-12 of you each year! It is important to us that participants also put some skin in the game. We want to know that you value our in-kind investment and that you want us to be successful too.

These terms are non-negotiable and the same for all companies who participate.

Is there a program fee?

No. There is no program fee. Ready Set Raise is generously subsidized by the Female Founders Alliance and our partners.

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