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We’re on a mission to change the status quo for female founders

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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. Project Entrepreneur accelerates the growth of female-founded companies by increasing their investment readiness, building bridges to capital, and investing in ecosystems that empower our most innovative entrepreneurs.

First launched by UBS in 2015, Project Entrepreneur has trained more than 1,600 female founders and created new on-ramps to entrepreneurship for women across the country, with alumni going on to raise $45M in funding. In partnership with The Female Founder Collective, Project Entrepreneur is on a mission to change the status quo for female founders. As the world’s largest global wealth manager, UBS will activate the “multiplier” effect of women entrepreneurs to expand and deepen impact beyond philanthropy, building generational wealth that can drive lasting and sustainable change. Project Entrepreneur will host multi-city cohort programs, capital access summits for early and growth stage founders, and community-building events that will provide female founders with the knowledge and networks needed for growth.

The Program Philosophy

From financial modeling to deal closing, raising capital requires a depth of expertise that few founders are equipped with when launching their businesses.

The Project Entrepreneur Investment Readiness Program is rooted in three foundational tenets: Education, Community, and Access. The program curriculum is an evolving playbook, helping to prepare you to succeed at every stage of the startup process.

An Expert-Designed Curriculum

Imagine your favorite college course. Now imagine it filled with 25 extraordinary female founders and mentors who are eager to share what they’ve learned to help you realize your entrepreneurial dreams. That is what your Project Entrepreneur cohort will look like.

Each cohort session will be divided into two classes, each led by experienced founders, operators, and investors who will help you master a specific skill necessary for the fundraising process.

 

A Community to Lean On

The founders and mentors in your cohort are part of the tight-knit community of women who are living your unique reality. Each cohort will be led by a local community manager who will gather your group for inspiring conversations during and after the program. From practicing your pitch to choosing the best investors, your cohort will be there for you as you navigate your fundraising journey.

At the conclusion of the program, The Female Founder Collective will induct all participants into its growing organization of 6,000 entrepreneurs, as well as amplify your businesses within the community and via events and outreach efforts. Founders also will be spotlighted through Rebecca Minkoff’s Superwomen initiatives.

An Ecosystem to Support Your Growth

Project Entrepreneur aims to provide the range of relationships founders need to grow their businesses, and will facilitate time with accomplished advisors throughout the program. All industry-shaping leaders, these founders and investors are committed to helping you overcome challenges and strategize your next phase of growth.

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About UBS

UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. UBS’s strategy is centered on our leading global wealth management business and our premier universal bank in Switzerland, enhanced by Asset Management and the Investment Bank. The bank focuses on businesses that have a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital efficient, and have an attractive long-term structural growth or profitability outlook.

About The Female Founder Collective

The Female Founder Collective is a network of businesses led by women, supporting women. Our mission is to empower the 12 million female-owned companies in the United States to uplift our communities, socially and economically.

As founders and executives who have raised capital for Rebecca Minkoff, GOOP, Girlboss, and Refinery29, we understand the urgency of the fundraising process. With UBS, we have comprehensively designed The Project Entrepreneur Investment Readiness Program to uniquely equip founders with the skills, resources, and relationships they need (and wish we’d had) to successfully navigate it. Our hope is that this program will not only enable women to scale impactful businesses, but also offer them a tight-knit community of fellow entrepreneurs and mentors who are eager to support them on their journeys.