2020 Program Details

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

Despite our own short trajectory, we’ve demonstrated results – our last cohort has 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. Applications are due by September 8th at 7a PT.

Apply by September 8th

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.

Past Coaches - You Will Learn From the Best

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Micah Baldwin
Angel Investor
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Serena Glover
Angel Investor
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Sarah Imbach
Angel Investor
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Kirby Winfield
Founding GP, Ascend VC
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Rodrigo Prudencio
The Alexa Fund
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David Grampa
Grubstakes VC
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Arry Yu
Yellow Umbrella Ventures
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Rudy Gadre
Angel Investor
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Rebecca Lovell
Executive Director, Create33
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Arean van Veelan
CTO & Co-Founder, OfferUp
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Javier Soto
Angel Investor

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Is RSR For Me?

We hope so! Our goal is to find, support, and advance high-growth, pre-seed startups across North America. Women and non-binary founders are extremely undervalued and overlooked by the investment community. We believe they provide an incredible financial opportunity. Applicants must have a woman or non-binary CEO and their company must be positioned to accept investment. A selection committee made up of investors will review all applications and select up to 12 startups to participate.

What Is Ready Set Raise?

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

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Made Possible By Our Partners

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.

Past Mentors and Speakers

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Amy McCullough
Trilogy Equity
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Hope Cochran
Madrona Venture Group
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Julie Larson Green
Chief Experience Officer, Qualtrics
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Jesse Woolley-Wilson
Dreambox Learning
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Todd Bishop
GeekWire
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Dina Bass
Bloomberg
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Kate Clark
Techcrunch
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Rajeev Singh
Concur & Accolade
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Mikaeka Kiner
Reverb
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Annie Parker
Microsoft for Startups
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Diane Fraiman
Voyager Capital
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Amy LaMeyer
WXR Fund
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Alyssa Grigg
Copacino + Fujikado
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Betti Fujikado
Copacino + Fujikado
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Johanna Erickson
Barokas Communications
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Karli Barokas
Barokas Communications
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Peter Denton
Pioneer Square Labs
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Richa Ruchita
Copacino + Fujikado
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Fran Dunaway
TomboyX
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Naomi Gonzalez
TomboyX
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Guillaume Wiatr
Metahelm
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Candice Bassell
Carta
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Pradipa Karbhari
Microsoft
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Paul Maher
Microsoft
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Stephanie Chacharon
Simplicity Consulting
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Phillip Friedman
Microsoft
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Ted Rodunar
Microsoft
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Emily Van Metre
Big Fish Games
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Asrar Khan
Microsoft
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Jennifer Savage
Illuminate Ventures
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Ian Bergman
Microsoft
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Michael Tannenbaum
Brex

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