Welcome to The GUILD

The leading global community for female entrepreneurs and leaders to learn, connect and grow.


About The GUILD

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together

Join our tribe of female entrepreneurs, investors and leaders to connect and collaborate on new ideas and business ventures

The GUILD not only creates a safe space for smart discussions and authentic connection making in an easy-to-navigate forum and through interest groups, we also offer our community thought leadership opportunities at our virutal summits, GUILD group coaching sessions and curated introductions through our proprietary professional match-making technology. 

The unique mix of virtual gatherings and personal and professional development events gives you a chance to connect with and learn from a global community of courageous leaders, innovators and female entrepreneurs

During times of crisis and uncertainty, we need community more than ever. And community and authentic connections are why we created the GUILD in 2017 - During COVID-19 times, we continue to connect you virtually.


Join the community at quarterly virtual summits to learn, connect and inspire each other. Host a webinar or attend and meet the amazing women in our community. 

Last Summit:

Access the recording (PRO Member Benefit)

With over 100,000 AI-powered 1:1 connections made since launch in 2017, our members have found business partners, dream jobs, co-founders, advisors, speaking gigs, investment opportunities, investors, board members and friends.


Together we can make a difference

Together we can change to odds for female entrepreneurs

Together we can lift each other up and fulfill our dreams.

"Are you ready to take your next step in growing your business and join an ambitious group of amazing women from all around the world? I can't wait to welcome you to the GUILD community!

I'll see you inside"

Anne Cocquyt, Founder The GUILD

Anne is a serial entrepreneur and power connector in San Francisco. She put her data science background, her global network and her passion for creating serendipitous connections into this community and created the GUILD.

Photo: Margot Duane

From Idea to Launch in 8 Weeks

Are you ready to launch your business with a global community that supports you and the tools to set you up for success?

Then this unique online program is for you.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, join the waitlist

Apply here

What our members are saying about the Academy

"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 has 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. Anne & her team did a phenomenal job with the content, and choosing the right experts. They supported us every step of the way, answering questions, providing perks, webinars, resources, basically anything we needed. The 1:1 sessions with Anne were invaluable to get the feedback I needed on my pitch and progress. 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 weekly live AMA 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 :-)” 

The Idea Factory - Free for GUILD  Members (value $299)

JOIN the 4 Week Idea Factory Challenge - Learn how to choose a business idea that people will pay for - taught by Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs. 

And the best: It's free for you with your GUILD PRO membership 

In 4 easy steps, you follow a proven blueprint to validate your business idea and master one small task each week to learn how to find out if people are willing to pay for your idea. 100% remote from the comfort of your home and you decide your schedule.

The 4-week challenge is for you if you have a business idea and want to start or grow a business that can scale beyond your home town. This is not for you if you are a service provider in a local market (e.g. accountant).

The exclusive program is typically not accessible outside the GUILD Academy™ program, but we know that now more than ever the world needs to see your ideas come to life. Learn from Silicon Valley entrepreneur Anne Cocquyt as she guides you through the curriculum that follows best practices and proven business validation methodology also taught at Stanford Business School.

Thousands of entrepreneurs have benefitted from the tools. Now it is time for you to start to create the business you always dreamt of and solve a problem that is near and dear to your heart. You and your customers deserve the impact you will create and the income you will generate.


  • Create an idea wallet and a bug list

  • Use tools to sort your ideas

  • Talk to the right customer

  • Identify their biggest need

  • Structure your first user interview

  • Create a stellar survey

  • Sell your idea

We know that is going to be a lot in this short course! So we created a few bonus materials for you.


  • Downloadable step-by-step workbook - with easy instructions so you start DOING

  • Optional Mastermind Group for peer to peer support

  • Ask your questions in the group and get answers within 24hrs.

Start today!



Get access to all GUILD EVENT recordings 

80 hours of engaging and insightful content INCLUDED in your GUILD PRO membership (value $299)

Supply Chain 1:1  |  Mental Health for Founders  | Pandemic Parenting  | 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 in times of COVID and BLM  |  When Am I Ready to Pitch in Front of a Corporate Partner?  |  Beyond Burnout: 3 guideposts to nurture yourself and your business  |  Experimenting and Changing your Business in Times of COVID  |  Preferable Futures  ... and much more

100 recordings from past events

"Thank you both for a great webinar this morning. I really enjoyed the discussion and you made this feel like a live meeting with good interaction while we sat in our living rooms. One of the most engaging and valuable webinars I've attended." Shasha King


Join bi-weekly group coaching sessions with like-minded entrepreneurs. Anne Cocquyt will answer your startup questions. 

Perfect for founders pre Series A 


- Starting a Business

- Fundraising Strategy

- Business Models

- Prototyping

- Building Tech without CTO

- Marketing Strategy

- Branding 101

- Team Building and Hiring

- Investor and Advisor Questions

- Pitching


Keep Up With The GUILD On The Go
The GUILD is powered by Mighty Networks
Phone numbers from outside the United States may need to use a prefix (e.g. +44 XX XXXX XXXX). Available on iOS and Android. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.