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FEMALE FOUNDERS

Female Founders Initiative

I-Corps South launched the Female Founders Initiative in the fall of 2020 with a fully virtual four-week introductory program. It is one of several customized Regional I-Corps Cohorts we provide. The initiative has grown to consist of a four-week Phase 1 program and a follow-on five-week Phase 2 program. We developed this Initiative in order to facilitate more female-led entrepreneurial teams into I-Corps. Georgia Tech (I-Corps South's Node location) has done an excellent job of recruiting both male and female students equally, but those efforts had yet to be reflected well in the entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus. The Female Founders Initiative is our response to that gap and the need on campus and regionally for more equitable opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

What to Expect

Female Founders Phase 1, Introduction to Lean Startup, is a 4-week Regional Cohort short course that focuses on teaching the basics of the lean startup methodology, discussing topics related to women in entrepreneurship, and encouraging teams to begin their customer discovery efforts.

 

Female Founders Phase 2, Applying Lean Startup, is a 5-week Regional Cohort that puts priority on seeing the teams progress quickly in their customer discovery and business model canvas efforts for their startup teams. Both programs strive to provide an environment for women entrepreneurs. This is accomplished through our all female teaching team, all female mentors, and an all female cast of guest speakers who are successful women entrepreneurs. With these programs, we seek to coach female-led startup teams, meaning those where the founder or at least one co-founder is female. The programs are currently open to teams from across the Southeast, with an emphasis on deep technology teams.

Female Founders Speaker Series: We will be hosting a monthly speaker series event as a way to support and grow our community of women entrepreneurs and those that support them. Our calls will be focused on existing Female Founder successes as they share their stories of how they got to where they are today - 'How She Build It'. We will also host key contributors and entrepreneurial topical experts - 'How It's Done'

Recordings from Past Speakers - July 17th Rebecca Dixon: Co-Founder of the*gameHERS

Current Event Schedule

  • Female Founders: Applying Lean Startup - Summer 2021
    Female Founders: Applying Lean Startup - Summer 2021
    Virtual Program
    Jul 15, 9:00 AM – Aug 19, 10:30 AM
    Virtual Program
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a potential startup? Have you and your team attended a previous introductory I-Corps or Lean Startup training program or course? If so, please feel free to register for the I-Corps South women-focused regional cohort.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - August
    Female Founders Speaker Series - August
    Virtual Event
    Aug 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their companies and entrepreneurial experts sharing their knowledge of how to get started. This month come meet Carolyn Pitt from Productions.com
  • Info Session - Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Info Session - Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Aug 26, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Join us to learn more about the Female Founders Phase 1 Introduction to Lean Startup program that coaches I-Corps South female-led teams through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation centered on customer discovery while connecting them with successful female entrepreneurs.
  • Female Founders: Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Female Founders: Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Virtual Program
    Sep 01, 1:30 PM – Sep 28, 10:00 AM
    Virtual Program
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a potential startup? If so, come join our Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup program! Teams will be coached through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship while talking through key topics related to being a female entrepreneur.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - July
    Female Founders Speaker Series - July
    Virtual Event
    Jul 22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their companies and entrepreneurial experts sharing their knowledge of how to get started. This month come meet Mary Phillips, Andrea McBeth, and Piper Dobner from Thaena!