We are currently focused on female founders raising Seed - Series A.
8-week sprints: Meet with your curated group of 5-8 like-minded (not competitive) entrepreneurs with a fundraising goal. Facilitated by startup experts.
On-the-go available 24/7: Access award-winning masterclasses for entrepreneurs from some of the best educators, investors, and startup experts in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Once a year: Come meet each other at our annual summit in San Francisco and pitch investors at our founder funder lounge where many deals have been made in the past.
Bonus: Access to our resource library with dozens of templates (financial / contracts / checklists / investor database with hundreds of investors focused on women)
8-week sprint: Meet with your curated group of 5-8 like-minded (not competitive) entrepreneurs with a fundraising goal. Facilitated by experts.
Next Sprint starts June 26th - Aug 18th.
1.5 hrs / week virtual sessions every Wednesday 12-1:30pm PST
45 min Curriculum
45 min Hands-On Exercises
Virtually meet with your curated group of 5-8 like-minded (not competitive) entrepreneurs with a fundraising goal for the same stage. Our team ensures that you are in a group of entrepreneurs who are fundraising but not competitive.
If your group is not the right fit, we will find you another group.
The sessions are facilitated by expert entrepreneurs, investors, or startup advisors who have been trained to facilitate. All facilitators have experience with fundraising and are not "just" facilitators.
What you can expect to have ready after the 8 weeks:
"Kat and I have been doing your 60-second per page deck exercise (we really need a deck and we have found it insanely hard to create), so it has been one of the best exercises we have come across to date." Breen Sullivan / Founder The Fourth Floor
On-the-go available 24/7
Master Classes Include:
- Business Models
- User Discovery post MVP
- Building Tech without a CTO
- Marketing Strategies
- Branding for Your Pitch
-The Best Productivity Tools for Founders
- Team Building and Hiring
- PR for Founders
- Equity 101
- Investor and Advisor Questions
- Fundraising Strategy
Supply Chain 1:1 | Mental Health for Founders | Parenting as a Founder | Women and Wealth: 5 Things You Need to Know | Thought Leadership for Entrepreneurs | Go To Market Strategies | The Future of Fashion | E-Commerce 101 | Successful Fundraising Strategies | The Anatomy of a Deal | Catalyzing Change | How To Start A Business | IP and Patent Basics | From Failure to Prosperity - 3 Step Success System | Redefining Leadership | When Am I Ready to Pitch in Front of a Corporate Partner? | Beyond Burnout: 3 guideposts to nurture yourself and your business | Preferable Futures ... and much more
Once a year at our annual summit in San Francisco
Together we can change to odds for female entrepreneurs
Access startup resources we developed or co-developed with other entrepreneurship organizations and experts in their field to help you cut some corners.
Investor List of Female Focused Investors incl. 600 female angels in the US | Co-Founder Checklist | User Discovery Interview Template | Funding Stage Infographic | COO Organizational Checklist | Investor Pipeline Template | Simple Financial Planning Spreadsheet | Series A Financial Forecast | Diversity Resources | The Winning Pitch Deck Slides | GUILD Toolbox
"With over a decade of experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, I know how overwhelming fundraising can be. That's why I established a private advisory practice to provide fundraising and fractional COO support to pre-seed to Series A stage founders.
But as I worked with more entrepreneurs, I realized that many of them had similar questions that could be addressed in a group setting. That's why we offer affordable 8-week sprints to help founders confidently pitch and fundraise, with a clear guide on how to develop a successful fundraising strategy and plan.
At the GUILD, we're committed to providing world-class guidance and a supportive community of peers who learn from each other and grow together. Join us today and let's achieve your fundraising goals together! "
Anne Cocquyt, Founder The GUILD, Author of Bestseller DARE TO LAUNCH
Photo: Margot Duane
"In just eight weeks I went from idea to launching a public benefit corporation ..., all thanks to the GUILD Academy and Anne Cocquyt's fantastic coaching." Chelsey Glasson, Founder of Crucé
"As someone with no experience in business or entrepreneurship, the academy master classes have been the blueprint I needed to make my idea a reality. It provided the exact steps and the right resources for me to launch my MVP and get the first paying customers... I'll definitely refer back to the learnings from the academy often as I progress with my business. It's been one of the best decisions I've made. Thank you GUILD academy!" Lirida Kercelli
"This program is truly one of a kind - it's nothing short of extraordinary. One of my favorite aspects of the academy are the live sessions with an industry superstar where I can ask individual questions and make a connection with them." Hallie Salko
"Terrific resources, tools, and weekly challenges that push me to take actual steps and help me to get closer to my dream. Plus the opportunity to ask questions and receive support anytime :-)”