Ready, Set, Raise Applications are now open!


Calling all women and non-binary founders! The time has come. Applications are open for the next cohort of Ready Set Raise, the “Y Combinator for Female Founders”. Now in its fourth year, Ready Set Raise has achieved demonstrable results for women founders seeking their first round of VC funding.

We started Ready Set Raise 4 years ago with the mission to bust the gender gap in venture capital. We all know that traditional accelerators don’t work for women founders, but ours does, time and time again. We’ve been in your shoes, and on the investor side too, so we know what founders need to be successful. And with each new cohort, our program gets even better.

We do things differently, from introducing free childcare in our first year, pioneering in pitch translation, whispering to founders through tricky fundraises, and uncovering the real secrets to succeeding with VC. Our graduates see the difference and are more likely to get results.

This year, we’re taking it two steps further:

  • First, we’re democratizing access to the curriculum via an intensive pre-Accelerator for 32 companies. Ready Set Raise Cohort 4 will be selected from these pre-Accelerator companies.
  • Second, we’re adding a $50k up-front cash infusion to the existing $100k program value and in-kind services to every company selected to Cohort 4.

If you’re building a company that the world needs today, and you’re ready to raise and scale, we want to help you succeed.

The pre-Accelerator will run from November 29 to December 17. Ready Set Raise will run from January 18 to February 25. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority application deadline is September 9th, and the final application deadline is October 3. Learn more.

Apply by September 9th.