Why Join?

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Allyship

Ask hard questions to a knowledgeable community, without being evaluated for investment.

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Access

Members request and offer each other high-value introductions to investors, media, partners and more.

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Amplification

Opportunities for exposure available to all members.

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Advancement

Unique benefits and professional development tailored to female startup leaders.

Who Can Join?

1. Individuals who:

a. Are women or non-binary

b. Hold founder or cofounder title and equity in their current place of employment

c. Are working on this company full time, or as close to that as personal circumstances allow.

2. About the company:

a. The company must be legally incorporated before you apply.

b. The company must be “out of stealth.” We must be able to verify that it exists by looking at a website or social media presence.

c. The company is designed and intended to be venture-scale.

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FAQs

Is there a cost to membership?

No, there is currently no cost to being a member of the community. There is, however, a one-time, non-refundable $50 application fee that helps cover our administrative costs.

Can I join if I live in “____”?

Yes! FFA is an online community, so as long as you meet the criteria you can join from anywhere in the world. Certain member benefits may not be available in your area.

Do I need to have raised capital to join?

No. You can join FFA whether or not you have raised capital.

What does it mean to be “venture-scale”?

Different people have slightly varying definitions, but the general consensus is that a company is designed and intended to scale — in other words, to grow its revenue substantially and relatively quickly. We look for companies with large specific addressable markets (generally $2B in annual revenue or larger), and business models that achieve substantial economies of scale (in other words, the relationship between person-hours and revenue is not linear).

Do I need to be a technology company to apply?

No, but you do need to be a PRODUCT company. There are great examples of physical product companies that take the venture financing route, including some of our current members. If this is your intention, we encourage you to apply. In the case of services, your service must be productized (or on the way to becoming productized) in order to join FFA. This means that you can deliver the service without relying on person-hours to serve each individual client. This does generally require building software to automate services.

Can I apply with a consulting company?

It depends. Consulting companies, per se, are not eligible for membership. However, if you intend to build software that productizes your consulting services, you will be eligible to join us.

I founded a startup that had a successful exit. Can I join?

In most cases, yes, we invite you to join as an honorary member. The only exception is if you are now an active angel or venture investor — please join our investor community instead.

I am thinking about starting a company. Can I join?

You can sign up for our newsletter to be a part of our extended community. In order to join the Founders Network, please apply once you meet the criteria described above.

How can I get some additional information?

For additional information, please contact us at team@femalefounders.org.