Female Founder Track

Founderhood has a reputation for being a boys' club. Not at Dorm Room Fund.
Dorm Room Fund is excited to launch the virtual Female Founder Track program this summer. Over six evening sessions, we’ll help you scale your project and equip you with the skills to raise your first capital. Together, we’ll craft a plan for domination, conviction, and confidence.

You'll learn about scaling MVPs, fundraising, and hiring from some of the most successful founders, investors, and operators and get one-on-one feedback from mentors. 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.
Applications are now open and will close May 11th, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. Click here to apply.

Increasing access.

By hosting FFT remotely, we’re aiming to reach student founders from all backgrounds, schools, socioeconomic levels, and majors. This hands-on program will give you the skills, network of mentors, and community of other women for you to jumpstart your company.

Curriculum

Over the course of 6 weeks, some of the most successful founders, well-known investors, and expert operators across the country will help cohort members:

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

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FAQ

1. Who should apply?
All female and non-binary students who have at least a proof-of concept through research, MVPs, or an early-stage company. Applicants must be able to commit to the program on top of their internship, job, or summer program.

You’re probably already committing nights and weekends to your side hustle and want to use 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. Or you just need a push! Either way, we’re here for you.
2. Do I need to have a company to apply?
You don't have to be incorporated yet. However, we require a proof of concept in some form (user research, MVPs), and a commitment to develop the venture through the summer. The goal of this program is to get you ready to scale your company and ready to raise your first capital.
3. What does the application process look like?
Applications are due by Tuesday, May 11th, 2022 at 11:59pm PST (late applications will not be accepted). Selected applicants will be given an interview within the following two weeks. After the interview, decisions will be sent out before the end of May.
4. Can I be a student working on my venture full time during the summer and participate?
Yes! However, we won’t be providing any sort of funding, housing, or supporting compensation.
5. 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/mentors from the sessions. However, we aim to help you take a big leap in the direction of progress.
6. What is Dorm Room Fund?
Built by students and powered by First Round Capital, Dorm Room Fund provides founders with a strong network of investors, world-class mentors, and a $40,000 check. We’re a venture fund that has backed over 300 startups, whose founders have gone on to raise from the top venture capital firms.
7. Where are the sessions held?
All the sessions will be held online through video conferences and calls.
8. When are the sessions?
Sessions run from 8:30pm-10:00pm EST (5:30pm-7:00pm PST) on the following Tuesday evenings: 6/21/22, 6/28/22, 7/05/22, 7/12/22, 7/19/22, 7/25/22

There will also a final program event (pitch night) taking place on Saturday 7/25/22
9. What does a typical masterclass session look like?
Each session will be taught by leading expert founders, investors, and operators and the First Round community. Dorm Room Fund partners will review your deliverables and provide personalized feedback.
10. 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. We’ve prepared a lot of programming, speakers, and mentors and we wouldn’t want you to miss these amazing opportunities.
11. How much does it cost to participate in this program?
Nothing. At Dorm Room Fund, we’re working to support student founders and making the top 10% of founders more diverse. We will provide you with the knowledge to launch your company if you are accepted into the Female Founder Track cohort. We believe in making entrepreneurship as accessible as possible.
12. Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please reach out to Nicole Ripka at [email protected] or Chloe Lopez-Lee at [email protected]. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions!
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