Program Highlights

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Fundraising

Hone your messaging, prepare your slides, practice your delivery, and then pitch to carefully vetted investors during our Investor Showcase.

Read about Cohort 1
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Access

Work side-by-side with Coaches and Mentors. Get guidance from 100+ angels, VC investors, founders and experts.

Become a Mentor
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Amplification

Showcase your company to a huge audience, national media and industry influencers on Demo Night, October 17, 2019

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2019 Coaches - Learn From the Best

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Micah Baldwin
Executive Director, Create33
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Serena Glover
Angel Investor
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Sarah Imbach
Angel Investor
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Kirby Winfield
Investor in Residence, AI2
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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

2019 Program Dates

Investor Showcase: October 16th, 2019

Demo Night: October 17th, 2019

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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. Our goal is to find, support, and advance high-growth, pre-seed startups across North America. CEOs are encouraged to bring co-founders to one or both of the immersion weeks.

How much time will the program require?

Unlike other accelerators, founders won’t have to uproot their lives to participate. 4 weeks remote, 2 weeks in Seattle at the beginning and end of the program for “immersion weeks.

During immersion weeks, the program will command approximately a full 40 hours per week. During remote weeks, the program workload will vary, but be at least 20 hours a week, and participants will have access to a free WeWork hotdesk membership.

What if I need to bring my child to Seattle with me?

Please do! Childcare will be provided during immersion weeks. Limit to one child per company during business hours and subsidized childcare for any additional kids or hours.

What can I expect from the Investor Showcase?

Our Investor Showcase will feature vetted investors from diverse geographies who are known to invest in women and non-binary-founded startups. In 2018, we had 70 investors, and we expect that to grow to more than 100 for future cohorts. Once the Cohort is selected, we will work hard to bring the most relevant investors to the table.

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.

What are the perks of applying?

First and foremost, this is the opportunity to be a part of an accelerator custom created for women and non-binary founders. In addition, when you complete a Ready Set Raise application, you will also be reviewed for Female Founders Alliance membership. If you are eligible, we will waive the membership application fee and admit you to our private Founders Network.

Applicants will also receive one free month of coworking at any WeWork office nationally, thanks to our partnership with WeWork Labs. 

Is there a program fee?

No. There is no program fee. Ready Set Raise is generously subsidized by the Female Founders Alliance and our sponsors. You will be responsible for the cost of travel, accommodation, and some meals and incidentals during immersion weeks.

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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Todd Bishop
GeekWire
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Jesse Woolley-Wilson
Dreambox Learning
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Dina Bass
Bloomberg
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Lisa Hufford
Founder & CEO, Simplicity Consulting
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Dan Levitan
Maveron
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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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