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 curated 1:1 introductions through our proprietary professional match-making technology. 

The unique mix of social 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!

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.


Once you join, you can fill out a comprehensive networking profile and our match-makers will make weekly, bi-weekly or monthly 1:1 introductions to other members in the community

VIRTUAL CHAT or IN-PERSON coffee meeting

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 Prototype 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, next start date Jan 7th 2020

Apply here

What our members are saying about the Academy

"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 ANNUAL PRO Members

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 ANNUAL GUILD PRO plan (course value: $299)

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.

In the process you meet experts and like-minded peers excited to share this journey with you and support you with accountability and constructive feedback.

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 live. 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 questions during the GUILD office hours - so you get your questions answered right then and there

Next start: November 1st 2020



Get access to SERENDIPITY 2020 recordings of all sessions for entrepreneurs and leaders. +30hrs of engaging and insightful content INCLUDED in your annual PRO membership.

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


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"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


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