Female Founder Track

Founderhood has a reputation for being a boys' club. Not at Dorm Room Fund.
Dorm Room Fund is excited to bring Female Founder Track to New York City this summer. Over seven evening sessions, we'll bridge the gap from a hunch to a plan for domination, building conviction and confidence.

You'll learn about scaling MVPs, fundraising, and hiring from some of the most successful founders, investors and operators over dinner and get one-on-one feedback from your First Round community mentor in between. Best of all, you'll build a peer group of other women in your same stage, hustling to take their startup from side project to full time gig.
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Increasing access.

By hosting FFT in New York this summer, we hope to reach women from all types of schools and backgrounds as they intern in the city. We'll match you with a previous Female Founder Track participant, who are product masters, marketing whizzes, and peer confidants who've been through it too.


Over the course of 7 weeks, the most successful female founders, investors, and operators in New York will help cohort members:

Iterate on user research and MVPs
Learn about unit economics and venture scale
Demystify the fundraising process
Understand positioning and narrative
Know when and how to build a team

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1. Who should apply?
Non-male identifying students (undergraduate or graduate, graduating no earlier than December 2018), who have at least a proof-of-concept through research, MVPs, or an early-stage company. You're probably already committing nights and weekends to this, and are using the summer to build the foundations of a venture scale company.

You might lack any of the following: a peer-group of like-minded women who want to start companies, visibility into the fundraising processes, or a network that enables one to build a team and scale a product.
2. Do I need to have a company to apply?
No. However, we require a proof of concept in some form (user research, MVPs), and a commitment to develop the venture through the summer. We've found that facilitator advice is more actionable when there is something tangible to apply it to!
3. Can I be a student working on my venture full time during the summer and participate?
Yes! However, we cannot provide any sort of funding, housing, or other supporting compensation.
4. Is this program an accelerator?
No. This program is designed to support the side hustlers through education and community, to explore if this venture is a viable post-grad opportunity. We don't require that students continue their venture after graduation. There is no guarantee of funding from Dorm Room Fund, First Round, or any speakers.
5. What is Dorm Room Fund?
We're a student-run venture fund backed by First Round Capital. We invest in startups where at least one person on the founding team is a student (undergraduate or graduate). Our investment team is run by student leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the country.
6. Where are the sessions held?
All the sessions will be held in-person at First Round's New York office.
7. When are the in-person sessions?
Sessions run from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the following Tuesday evenings in June and July:
6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
8. What if I can't make all the sessions?
We require all participants to commit to attending all sessions. We ask about this in the application and it will be a deciding factor.
9. Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please reach out to Shohini Gupta at [email protected]
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