Project Entrepreneur ignites bold ideas by providing women access to the tools, training and networks needed to build scalable, economically impactful companies. We’ll reach this goal through a multi-faceted national initiative that includes this robust digital hub, multi-city events, a venture competition, and a 5-week accelerator program.

Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss – in partnership with UBS – are on a mission: to break traditional barriers in women’s paths and democratize the knowledge and resources necessary to build impactful ventures.

Having raised over $100 million in venture capital funding for Rent the Runway (which has 5 million members to date), Jenn and Jenny have revolutionized the fashion retail industry and want to encourage other women to establish their own disruptive businesses.

Women start companies at a rate 1.5 times the national average but account for less than 10 percent of founders at high-growth firms*; while the passion and talent clearly exists, barriers stand in the way of women maximizing the economic significance of their efforts. That’s where Project Entrepreneur comes in.

Community Advisors

To ensure the inclusion and engagement of women from a variety of backgrounds, our community advisors offer insight into specific opportunities and outreach to the populations they support.

Black Founders

HBCU Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Initiative

Latino Startup Alliance

Venture for America

Advisory Council

Thank you to this trailblazing group of luminaries, entrepreneurs, investors, community and philanthropic leaders who provide Project Entrepreneur with advice and support.

Adam Sloan is Executive at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Aileen Lee is Founder and Partner at Cowboy Ventures

Andrew Yang is Founder of Venture for America

Angela Lee is Associate Dean and Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School

Aubree Curtis is Co-Head of CAA Social Impact at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Babak (Bo) Yaghmaie is Partner at Cooley LLP

Beth Janson is CEO at Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and Chairman of Rent the Runway Foundation

Bridget Russo is CMO at Modern Meadow, Inc

Carley Roney is Founder of The Knot/XO Group

Caroline Ghosn is Founder and CEO of Levo League

Chad Womack is National Director, HBCU, Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Initiative

Cynthia Rubio is Founder and CEO of Radiant RFID

Eileen Lee is former Chief Operating Officer of Venture for America

Fran Hauser is an early stage investor, long-time media executive and a vocal advocate for women across the globe.

Josh Mendelsohn is Managing Partner at Hangar

Katia Beauchamp is Founder of Birchbox

Monique Woodard is a Co-Founder of Black Founders and the creator of the Speak Chic App

Nnena Ukuku is Partner at Venture Gained Legal and a Co-Founder of Black Founders

Ramona Ortega is Founder and CEO of My Money My Future and Board Member of Latino Startup Alliance

Scott Friend is Managing Director, Boston at Bain Capital Ventures

Susan Lyne is President, BBG Ventures at AOL

About Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway is revolutionizing fashion by allowing millions of women to rent designer apparel and accessories. The company focuses on convenience and a top-notch customer experience on all of its platforms, including online, mobile and retail locations in Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas. With styles from hundreds of top designers, RTR serves as a powerful marketing channel for the fashion industry, introducing a new generation of women to brands that they had limited access to before. Co‐founded in 2009 by Harvard Business School graduates, Rent the Runway has raised over $100 million in venture capital and has more than 5 million members across the U.S. In  2015, Rent the Runway officially launched the Rent the Runway Foundation to inspire and ignite the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs

Project Entrepreneur is a program of UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs, the firm’s flagship philanthropic entrepreneurship initiative and a portfolio of partnerships and programs committed to bringing the right resources, to the right entrepreneurs, to help spur economic growth. Entrepreneurs have long served as the backbone of the American economy, and UBS is committed to delivering the firm’s resources, both financial and intellectual, to enable them to grow their companies, create jobs and contribute to their local economies.

*Source:  The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses, Womenable

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