Funds $ 20K per team
Takes 6% equity
Funds 10 startups per year
Markets Biotech Consumer Food Hardware Health/Medical +16
Invests in Europe North America South America Asia Africa 5 more
MergeLane discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run. All MergeLane companies must have at least one female in leadership.

MergeLane provides a $20k investment per team. In addition, we may invest up to $100k in any company during or after the program.

Our application closes on November 25th; however, we will be conducting rolling admissions. Apply early.

Our motivation is two-fold. First, there are far fewer women in startups than we would expect. We believe diverse companies are stronger companies, and we want to help narrow the gap.

Second, data overwhelmingly shows that venture-backed, female-run companies produce higher returns.

This investment thesis and our belief in diversity propel our commitment to MergeLane.

We've designed a 12-week accelerator program to meet the unique needs of women-led businesses and to best activate female leaders.

For the MergeLane criteria for participating companies, visit: mergelane.com/discover

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MergeLane discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run. All MergeLane companies must have at least one female in leadership.

MergeLane provides a $20k investment per team. In addition, we may invest up to $100k in any company during or after the program.

Our application closes on November 25th; however, we will be conducting rolling admissions. Apply early.

Our motivation is two-fold. First, there are far fewer women in startups than we would expect. We believe diverse companies are stronger companies, and we want to help narrow the gap.

Second, data overwhelmingly shows that venture-backed, female-run companies produce higher returns.

This investment thesis and our belief in diversity propel our commitment to MergeLane.

We've designed a 12-week accelerator program to meet the unique needs of women-led businesses and to best activate female leaders.

For the MergeLane criteria for participating companies, visit: mergelane.com/discover

Unique aspects of our program include:

• A reduced residency requirement (two weeks in the beginning and one week at the end of the 12-week program) that enables later-stage companies and entrepreneurs with commitments in their place of residence to participate. This structure also materially reduces the cost of participation for MergeLane teams.

• Virtual mentoring and mentor connections in the companies' place of residence to ensure connection throughout the program

• A curriculum targeting both the most critical early-stage business issues, as well as topics specifically affecting women leaders

• Personal executive coaching integrated into the curriculum and a focus on solving deeper issues to produce impactful behavioral and operational change

• Connections to high-value, gender and industry-diverse mentors and investors

• Meaningful connections to relevant investors throughout the entire program

• A stronger focus on accelerating businesses and leaders and building great companies as compared to a heightened focus on demo-day pitches

MergeLane has recruited a powerful network of mentors and investors with a track record of catalyzing real and meaningful change. We hope you'll join us.
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Elizabeth Kraus
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Elizabeth Kraus Cofounder and partner at MergeLane, investing in high-potential startups and venture capital funds with at least one female leader.
Hannah Davis
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Hannah Davis
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Hannah Davis Program Director at Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Sue Heilbronner
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Sue Heilbronner CEO Leadership.camp and MergeLane

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