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What is the Project Entrepreneur NYC Cohort Program?

Project Entrepreneur’s NYC Cohort Program will equip you with the skills and relationships you need to raise capital and scale your business. The curriculum will include assignments, presentations, and constructive feedback from the world’s best founders, operators and investors to ensure you’re ready to pitch investors at the end of the program.

If selected for the NYC Cohort Program, you will be a part of a cohort of up to 25 founders. Cohort members will be required to:

  • Attend all three, 3-hour training sessions in New York City from April –June 2020.
  • Complete and submit all session assignments
  • Meet with your assigned advisor for each session
  • Participate in other cohort related activities or dinners

Role of UBS and Female Founder Collective

Project Entrepreneur is a program by UBS. In 2020, UBS has partnered with the Female Founder Collective (FFC) – a network of  5,000+ women led businesses – to create multi-city cohort programs that will help accelerate the growth of female founded companies.

UBS and FFC will jointly review Applications. All entrants agree and accept that UBS and FFC decisions on all issues related to the Application, including edibility, shall be final and legally binding in all respects.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Be a U.S. resident and have a U.S. bank account.
  • Be available to attend the Project Entrepreneur Cohort Program in New York City for 3 half-day sessions once a month in April, May, June 2020, if selected as a member of the Project Entrepreneur NYC Class of 2020.
  • Have a start-up or company that meets the following criteria:
  • Have at least one woman founder;
  • Be at least 50% female-owned;
  • Have a viable product, service, or prototype of such product or service.
    NOTE: viable product is defined as having a growing customer or user base, earned revenues, and/or contracts established with partners or companies.
  • Be addressing a proven problem in a unique way
  • Be legally registered and operating in the U.S.
  • Be planning to raise a seed or Series A round within 18 months of completing the Project Entrepreneur program

You are NOT eligible to apply if:

  • You are under 18 years old.
  • You are not a U.S. resident and do not have a U.S. bank account.
  • Your company does not have at least one woman founder and is not at least 50% female-owned.
  • Your business is not operating in the U.S.
  • You have successfully raised a Series A or more with a previous company or start-up
  • You are operating a nonprofit organization

What are the Project Entrepreneur NYC Cohort Dates?

Applicants must be available to attend Project Entrepreneur’s NYC Cohort Program three, half day sessions:

  • Week of April 13, 2020
  • Week of May 18, 2020 – TBC
  • Week of June 29, 2020- TBC

Applicants will also be invited to participate in other events and opportunities throughout the cohort experience from April-June 2020.

What is the Application process?

The Project Entrepreneur 2020 NYC Cohort program Applications opens on February 14, 2020 and closes on March 20, 2020.

Applications must be submitted via the Application website [Link here]. You can only submit one Application for your start-up or company.


How will applicants be selected?

Applications will be reviewed between February 20, 2020  and March 27, 2020. During this time, representatives of UBS and FFC may contact applicants by telephone or email to discuss their Applications and to obtain further clarification and information, as necessary.

All Applications will be judged based on Application responses in the following categories:

  • Strength of Applicant or Team
  • Strength of Product or Service you have developed
  • Business Model & Traction
  • Customer Acquisition/Market Opportunity
  • Growth & Scale Strategies

When will Project Entrepreneur Cohort decisions be announced?

UBS and FFC will notify the Top 50 applicants by email or telephone no later than April 3, 2020.

Final cohort decisions will be announced by or before the cohort start date on April 13, 2020.

What are cohort members required to do?

Final cohort members must complete and return to UBS an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and Publicity Release, if and as required, and any other legal or administrative documentation as UBS may require.

Should be selected for the Project Entrepreneur NYC Cohort, you agree to:

(a) grants UBS and FFC permission (except where prohibited by law) to the use your name, likeness, biographical information, and country of residence for future advertising and publicity in any and all media now existing or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission; and

(b) agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless UBS, FFC and the Associated Parties from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, demands or causes of action arising out of such use of the cohort member’s information, and/or for the acceptance or use, misuse or acceptance of a prize.

Limitations of Liability

By entering, all Applicants, including the participating members of an Organization, agree to be bound by the Official Rules and Regulations and hereby release the Released Parties from any and all liability in connection with the Applicant’s participation in the Program. Provided, however, that any liability limitation regarding gross negligence or intentional acts, or events of death or body injury shall not be applicable in jurisdiction where such limitation is not legal.


Participants will be asked to provide their personal information and data (such as name, email, telephone number) so that UBS can administer the Application or for security clearance, or other administrative or logistical purposes. As Participants progress through the Application, a Participant’s name may also be publicized and published.

Participants agree that any personal data submitted as part of, or during the course of the  may be disclosed to, shared with and processed by UBS and UBS’s affiliate companies or UBS’s third party agents, contractors, business partners or service providers (who may be located inside or outside of a Participant’s country of residence) in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

UBS will not otherwise disclose such personal data to other third parties without a Participant’s consent unless UBS is required or requested to do so pursuant to any law, regulation or regulatory order.

UBS will not sell or data mine any personal information collected or received in the Application.

Unless otherwise agreed by a Participant, personal information obtained in the course of the Application will be destroyed within a reasonable time after the Application has ended.

Except as expressly provided in these Official Rules, UBS’s use of each Participant’s personal information shall be in accordance with the Privacy Statement, published at

UBS takes your privacy seriously. For general information about how UBS uses and discloses personal data, how long we retain it, how we keep it secure and your data protection rights, please see the Privacy Statement. Kindly also refer to the Privacy Notice for your country of residence (found under Additional Legal Information) for specific information and disclosures related to data protection relevant to your country.


Participation in the Cohort Program constitutes a participant’s consent to UBS and FFC to use of the Participant’s name and description, including Organization name and logo, if applicable, and the likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and/or hometown and state of residence of individuals who participated in the Application, for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration, at any time during and following the conclusion of the Program.

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