Upstart is like a startup MBA on steroids. We focus on the unique needs of women-led tech startups and invest in teams that have at least one female founder on the executive team. Our curriculum covers customer discovery, product development, user testing, marketing, financial modeling, pitching, and more. Additional emphasis is placed on personal and professional development for women founders.
With a network of VCs and angels, your $25,000 in seed-funding is only the beginning. Our validation fund, angel network and other investment partners have a special interest in supporting gender diverse startups.
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With the unique partnerships available to you through Start Co., you will get access to a network of business leaders ranging from mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies. We will host meet and greet events, and work to introduce you to a variety of companies willing to serve as both customers and test subjects for your business.
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As a Start Co. founder, you’ll have access to an unparalleled suite of technical services perks and partners, as well as legal, financial, marketing, and talent-development resources.
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True success relies on guidance. The kind that comes from mentors who have experienced and overcome every triumph and setback you’ll likely encounter. Mentoring is central to everything we do. Our community of industry experts, creative professionals, and seasoned founders is passionate about helping you on your journey toward success.
Start Co. Lab is ground zero for our accelerators, workshops, training sessions, and more. Your startup will receive a dedicated workstation and area to start building your company culture. Accessible 24/7, our modern, open office provides plenty of room for your big ideas to grow. And our location in the core of downtown Memphis offers limitless walkable options for dining, entertainment, offsite work, and housing.
The JumpFund mission is to invest women’s capital in female-led companies with growth potential. They work closely with Upstart to advise founders and source opportunities for follow-on investment.
Springboard Enterprises brings a network of highly-vetted women leaders and executives to the table as mentors and connectors for Upstart founders.
The Academy for Women's Empowerment (AWE) provides workshops and executive coaching to the female founders participating in the accelerator.