Female Founder School

About

 

Starting a company…

Starting a company is indisputably hard, and while there is more support than ever before, there are fewer companies starting today than 40 years ago. The existing support isn't working, especially for underrepresented founders.

We've created a roadmap for early-stage female founders to learn faster, avoid missteps, and stay accountable--underpinned by a strong community and hands-on mentorship. We emphasize peer support, forgo traditional models of applications and exclusivity, and focus on the issues that matter to female founders most. We believe this is the way to shift the startup paradigm to reach a broader range of problems and create value in the global economy.

We're reimagining what it takes to succeed. Join us in making your vision (and ours) a reality.

 
 
 

Why Now

 
 
 

Venture Capitalists invested $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders in 2016. Meanwhile, women received just $1.46 billion in VC money.

- Pitchbook Data

 
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Companies with a female founder performed 63% better than our investments with all-male founder teams.

- First Round, 10 Year Project

 
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our team

 
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Why is this so important for us?

Female Founder School is built on our collective experience as founders, investors, and tech community members. Throughout our careers, we have focused on how to design better systems to support more people--the connective thread that brought us all together.  Enhao brings product and finance, Katie brings partnerships and community, Brittney investing and growth. Together, we’re working to enable thousands of women start and build businesses.

 

- Enhao, Katie, Brittney

 

Katie Doherty

Co-Director of Runway Innovation Hub 

Led Runway through an acquisition in 2017

Launched Corporate Innovation Program at Singularity University 

BA in Government from Harvard University 

Enhao Li

Founder & CEO of Mentorkind

Launched mentorship programs for women and professionals of color in tech and politics

Past investment banker at Morgan Stanley - helped fast growing technology companies with IPO and M&A

BA in Economics from Harvard University 

Brittney Riley

Previous VP of US Ventures for Village Capital

Deep background in investing and growing early-stage tech startups

Helped launch Snapguide, and led growth and community at Zipongo

BA in International Studies from University of Washington

  Nick Noreña  Lean Startup Coach & Curriculum Advisor 

Nick Noreña
Lean Startup Coach & Curriculum Advisor 

  Ryan MacCarrigan  Lean Startup Coach & Curriculum Advisor 

Ryan MacCarrigan
Lean Startup Coach & Curriculum Advisor 

  Gabriella Cook  Mastermind Coach

Gabriella Cook
Mastermind Coach

  Caio Lima  Intern

Caio Lima
Intern

  Nancy Ning  Intern

Nancy Ning
Intern

  Cornelia Lindqvist  Intern

Cornelia Lindqvist
Intern

 

Our team isn’t complete without our mentors.

Mentors are experienced founders, investors, industry experts, and thought leaders, who bring their expertise to workshops, peer feedback groups, 1-on-1 mentor sessions with our founders.

 

MEET our mentors →

 
 

Founding PARTNER

Runway is an innovation hub bringing together entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, mentors, Fortune 500 Corporations, and industry experts. Runway provides coworking space to entrepreneurs, accelerator programs for high-growth startups, corporate innovation services to global companies, and event programming. Learn More>

 
 

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