What Is Ready Set Raise?

Ready Set Raise was designed by female founders for women and non-binary founders. Our goal is to find, support, and advance high-growth, pre-seed startups across North America. The next program kicks off Summer 2019. Sign up here to get alerted when applications open. All early stage startup founders face a difficult, confusing and exhausting uphill climb. For women and non-binary founders, this experience is exponentially harder. This is why we developed Ready Set Raise — a six-week pitching and fundraising program to accelerate your startup’s success.

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Who Can Apply?

Startups across any tech, web or software vertical with at least one C-level woman or non-binary founder that are at the pre-seed stage. If selected, up to two founders (one of whom must be a woman or non-binary founder) may attend the one-week immersion program in Seattle. A selection committee made up of investors will review all applications and select up to 12 startups to participate. Sign up here to get alerted when applications open.

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What Do I Get?


Hone your messaging, prepare your slides, practice your delivery, and then pitch to top investors.


Championing and guidance from 100+ angels, VC investors, founders and experts.


Showcase your company to large audiences, media and industry influencers.


Prestige of being chosen among a highly selective admission process.

2019 Program Dates

Applications Open: May 2019
Application Deadline: June 23rd, 2019
Start of the Program: August 19th, 2019
Demo Day: September 26th, 2019

Note: weeks 1 and 6 are Seattle-based, and the 4 weeks in between are remote.

Past Mentors and Speakers
Julie Larson Green
Chief Experience Officer, Qualtrics
Lisa Hufford
Founder & CEO, Simplicity Consulting
Todd Bishop
Dina Bass
Dan Levitan
Kate Clark
Jesse Woolley-Wilson
Dreambox Learning
Rajeev Singh
Concur & Accolade
Hope Cochran
Madrona Venture Group
Amy McCullough
Trilogy Equity

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