Welcome to our Investment Readiness Accelerator for Female-Led Ventures that Shape the World of Tomorrow
3-Month Investment Readiness Accelerator
We help female-led ventures become investment-ready. Our program unites everything you as a founder need to reach your fundraising goals: deep-dive sessions with industry-leading experts, individual support from experienced mentors and access to Europe’s most successful early stage investors. Plus: access to the constantly growing pan-European Female Founders network.
Startups in our Database
Raised by our Portfolio Companies
average pre-seed Round After Program
Who it is for
Grow F is our 3-month online accelerator program that supports highly innovative and scalable female-led ventures. The program helps founders & startups from Europe and beyond get investment ready.
For business models that are highly innovative, digital and/or scalable
For companies with at least one female founding member with equal shares
For startups with an existing MVP, ideally first traction and a solid business model
Want to Raise
For teams focusing on debunking the whole fundraising process and getting ready to take on investors
Learn About our Dealflow
“Grow F is one of Europe’s highest ranked accelerators for female founders.”
What you will get
While you take part in this 3-month accelerator program, you will be supported individually by our team and also by mentors who are high class professionals, experts, investors and founders. You will get access to an incredible network where you will meet the most relevant and forward thinking people in the European startup ecosystem.
Skills and Know-How
- 45 hours of program
- Deep Dive Sessions with top-notch Speakers & Industry Experts
- Personal Development Fully Remote
- Personally matched with one of our Mentors
- High-class Professionals, Experts, Investors & Founders as Mentors
- Access to Europe’s most successful early stage Investors
- Access to Europe’s fastest growing community for female entrepreneurial minds
- Peer to Peer Support
Thinking about applying?
Find out how exactly Grow F promotes female-led startups and the accelerator will bring your business to the next level.
Investors you will meet
“When you are a startup, doing it alone is super difficult – you need support. I realized, as an entrepreneur, how important it is to connect to people – Grow F gave me the chance to.”
Iris Skrami | Co-Founder Renoon | Batch #5
“I loved that the Grow F program is focused on fundraising for female-led ventures. The hands-on knowledge and support tremendously helped us in our fundraising process. The same week we had the term sheet negotiation workshop, we also received a term sheet from our investors. We could immediately apply what we have learnt and knew exactly which points we should be negotiating.“
Julianne Sloane | Co-Founder Nossa Data | Batch #4
Jun. 30th 2022
Demo Day #7
Jul. 16th 2022
Application deadline batch #8
Oct. 18th 2022
Kick-off batch #8
During the accelerator, founders are connected with some of Europe’s most innovative minds. Be prepared for multiple deep dives with our top-notch experts.
Business Angel & Founder
Partner at Speedinvest
M&A Expert and CEO of Konsultori
Legal Counsel Cavalry Ventures
VC at Creandum
Founder at CyberSmart
Mindful Leadership Coach
Venture Capital Investor at 3VC
Tara Schoeller -Burke
Senior Legal Counsel at Speedinvest
General Counsel at Speedinvest
Founder at Instahelp
Investment Manager btov
Associate at Speedinvest
Investment Manager Mubadala Capital
COO Back, Angel Investor
VC Investor Maki VC
VC Investor UVC Partners
Co-Founder Capital T
We personally match our founders with experienced mentors from our network. During the program, you will have the chance to work 1:1 with your mentor, build a relationship and get tailored advice for your startup!
Head of Credit GP Bullhound
COO & Board Member
VP of Marketing & Partnerships
Industry Manager Marketplaces
Spotiangels & Beyond
Lightbird Ventures & Marcau Partners
Co-Founder & COO
Sr Investment Manager
Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures
Jessica D. Cohen
Brand Builder | Strategic Marketing & CX
Burda Principal Investments
Does Grow F take any equity? Are there any costs related to Grow F?
The Grow F accelerator program is equity free. Nevertheless, we expect full commitment from our participants. Therefore, we take a down payment of €1000 in the case of acceptance. We transfer this money back to you when you successfully participated in Grow F.
What is more, we take a success fee in the case of successful fundraising from € 50k equity investment onwards. The amount is set at 5% of the total investment sum with a cap of € 20k. This means (for example):
- Capital raised € 70k = € 3.500 success fee
- Capital raised € 150k = € 7.500 success fee
- Capital raised € 900k = € 20.000 success fee
The success fee is taken for the sum of equity investment that is closed from the beginning of the program until 12 months after the program has ended. There are several exceptions like if you already have investor LOIs when the program starts. Find out everything about it during the application process.
I already have Angel Investors, does the program still make sense?
Yes, usually half of the startups going into our program already have angel investors on board when joining the program. We do have a focus on the fundraising process overall and institutional investors. As you can also see from our experts, we work with many VC funds delivering sessions.
How many sessions are there? What is the time commitment?
The program has an overall time commitment of roughly 45 hours, we usually have 1-2 sessions per week with an average of 2 hours. All our sessions are highly interactive. You will also have a mentor that works with you throughout the program. In addition, there are individual check-ins with the Female Founders team working with you on your pitchdeck and pitch.
Is the program virtual?
Yes, the program is fully virtual as of now.