Project Entrepreneur

Calling all female founders:
Are you ready to raise?

The Project Entrepreneur Investment Readiness Program accelerates the growth of female-founded companies by broadening investment acumen, building bridges to capital, and investing in ecosystems that advance founders’ growth and empower our most innovative entrepreneurs.

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About Project Entrepreneur

Women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, and among our economy’s most vital and dynamic assets. They transform communities through the 1,800 businesses they start every day and the $1.8 trillion they generate in revenue. Yet, far too many women are cut off from the capital and support networks they need to take their companies to the next level.

Through Project Entrepreneur, UBS in partnership with The Female Founder Collective is on a mission to change the status quo for women entrepreneurs. As the world’s largest global wealth manager, UBS aims to activate the “multiplier effect” of female founders to expand and deepen impact beyond philanthropy, building generational wealth that can drive lasting and sustainable change.

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Who is Project Entrepreneur For?

The Project Entrepreneur Investment Readiness Program is designed for female founders who are eager to raise capital and scale their business … now.

Led by experts and anchored in community, the three-month curriculum includes essential fundraising and skills-development education, from refining your business model to creating your strategy to negotiating your investment. Participating founders complete the program with the expertise and support to succeed at every stage.

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Interested in Getting Involved?

Founders

Are you ready to raise capital for your business? We are no longer accepting applications for our NYC program but be on the lookout for LA application that will launch this summer!

Advisors

Project Entrepreneur is fueled by accomplished business leaders who can support those currently navigating the journey. Click here to inquire more about the unique ways you can be a part of the program.

Investors

The conviction and commitment of investors enables entrepreneurs to materialize their visions for a better world. To learn more about joining the investor ecosystem, contact us.

Am I Eligible?

Project Entrepreneur is designed for female founders leading early-stage companies who are looking to raise equity financing within the next 18 months. Check the chart below to see if you qualify for the next Project Entrepreneur cohort.

Applicants Must Be …

  • Ambitious, creative, visionary, eager, and motivated
  • Over 18 years old
  • A U.S. resident with a U.S. business bank account
  • Planning to raise a seed round within the next 18 months
  • Available to attend The Project Entrepreneur Investment Readiness Program, for virtual sessions scheduled in April, May, and June 2020

Your startup must ...

  • Have at least one woman founder
  • Be at least 50% female-owned
  • Have a viable product, service, or prototype of such product or service
  • Address a proven problem in a unique way
  • Be legally registered and operating in the U.S.

You are not eligible if ...

  • Your business is not operating in the U.S.
  • You have raised Series A or more with a previous venture
  • You have raised more than $3M
  • You are a nonprofit organization or company
  • You have already submitted an application (we only accept one venture/business per applicant)
  • You have not completed the entire application (only applications including a pitch deck will be considered)
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The Timeline

The Project Entrepreneur 2020 Investment Readiness Programs will be held in New York City and Los Angeles. Each city will host two groups of 25 founders for three in-person half-day educational sessions, followed by a networking reception.

New York City

FEB 13–MAR 25, 2020: Application and enrollment period

Selected applicants will be notified up to two weeks prior to the start date

APR 20–JUL 16, 2020: Programming dates

Los Angeles

JUN 01–JUL 6, 2020: Application and enrollment period

Selected applicants will be notified two to three weeks prior to the start date

AUG 3–OCT 29, 2020: Programming dates

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What Our Entrepreneurs Are Saying …

"Through the incredible Project Entrepreneur network, we’ve been able to connect with industry veterans for mentorship, get introductions to investors, and gain access to early capital and meet so many like-minded founders. I appreciate the work P.E. has done to address the needs of entrepreneurs to enable and empower female-owned and led companies."

Danielle Wen

Founder and C.E.O., Lace and Liberty
Project Entrepreneur Alumni 2017
"Everyone involved with Project Entrepreneur provided me with thoughtful, actionable advice. The connections it facilitated were critical to helping me raise my initial funding."

Christine Moseley

Founder and C.E.O.,
Full Harvest
Project Entrepreneur Alumni 2016
"One of the best things about Project Entrepreneur was the relationships it helped me cultivate, including with people who would eventually become investors, and the other women in my cohort. Having that camaraderie has been so important."

Tina Hedges

Founder and C.E.O.,
LOLI Beauty
Project Entrepreneur Alumni 2017
"Project Entrepreneur was instrumental in helping my company grow. I especially can't say enough for the connections I made with other founders; we still keep in touch, ping each other whenever we have questions, and continue to be each other's support system as we navigate our entrepreneurial journeys."

Christine Schindler

Co-founder and C.E.O., PathSpot
Project Entrepreneur Alumni 2018

From the partners ...

“The Female Founder Collective is thrilled to partner with UBS to launch The Project Entrepreneur Investment Readiness Programs. As female founders, we feel nothing is more important than education and access to capital to make our businesses thrive. Women have the power to transform our culture and its communities—and giving them the tools to succeed couldn’t be a better investment in our collective future.”

Rebecca Minkoff and Alison Wyatt
Co-Founders, The Female Founder Collective

“At UBS, we founded Project Entrepreneur because investing in the success of female founders is one of the greatest opportunities of our time and has exponential benefits for society: sparking economic growth, tapping new markets, and inspiring a generation of innovators and problem solvers. In partnership with The Female Founder Collective, we want to create a world where women can pursue their dreams on their own terms, and have the tools they need to do what they do best: create, build, and grow.”

Jamie Sears
Head of Community Affairs and Corporate ResponsibilityAmericas, UBS
Co-Founder, Project Entrepreneur