Grow F is the 5-week investment readiness program for gender-diverse ventures.
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About Grow F
Grow F, the 5-week hybrid program to unlock your investment potential.
Join our hands-on hybrid program, featuring workshops by industry experts, a comprehensive fundraising toolbox, individual support, and access to our wide network, which will prepare you for your upcoming VC round. To kick off your fundraising, we’ll connect you with carefully selected investors at an exclusive in-person networking event in Europe’s biggest startup hubs. Accelerate your path to funding with Grow F!
Next Cohort: SaaS
(October – November 2023)
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The Focus for the next batch (starting mid-January) and Startup Hub for the in-person event with top-tier VC investors will be announced soon!
Cohort SaaS Timeline
Aug 28 – Sept 6
What You Get
Hands-on and interactive workshops with VC investors and industry experts to set up and manage your fundraising journey
A personalized fundraising journey with access to our comprehensive fundraising toolbox, incl. key resources, a fundraising checklist, easy-to-copy templates & many more.
Meet through the in-person event at the end of the program top tier investors and gain visibility via the Female Founders community of 70k+ members.
Investors we work with
Understanding an Investor’s mindset & VC Fundraising
Building your fundraising funnel & choosing the right investors
Driving your funding process
Finding your origin story and building momentum with your pitch
Key elements of the Financial Plan & identifying key metrics
Understanding Key Terms and how to negotiate them
Access the right investor network
Who is Grow F for
For business models that are highly innovative, digital and scalable, and fit with the cohort’s focus.
For companies with at least one female founding member with equal share.
For startups with a launched MVP, ideally first traction and a solid business model.
Want to raise
For teams preparing for their fundraising round and getting ready to take on Venture Capital investors.
Meet our Alumni
“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
Grow F in Numbers
Startups in our Database
Raised by our Portfolio Companies
average pre-seed Round After Program
“Grow F is one of Europe’s highest ranked accelerators for female founders.”
Meet the Experts
During the Grow F program, founders get connected with some of Europe’s most innovative minds.
Principal at Creandum
Venture Partner at Speedinvest
Co-Founder of Alma Angels
Principal at Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures
Legal Counsel at Octopus Ventures
Growth Marketing Strategist at Speedinvest Pirates
Board Member at CareerFoundry
Co-Founder Capital T
Investor at Mubadala Ventures Europe
Partner at Speedinvest
Co-Founder (Aquired) at Penta
Co-Founder at Pile
Partner at Cavalry Ventures
Principal at Dawn Capital
Partner at Speedinvest
Investor at Sona
Senior Legal Counsel at CREANDUM
Investment Manager at Octopus Ventures
CEO, Tech Growth- and M&A Expert at Konsultori
Venture Capital Investor
Principal at CREANDUM
Business Angel at FC Viktoria Berlin
Partner at 3VC
Tara Schoeller -Burke
Senior Legal Counsel at Speedinvest
Investment Manager at Fund F
Laure Prevault Osman
Co-Founder at Sabi Agri
Co-Founder at finway
Co-Founder & CEO at Keleya
Co-Founder & GP of Fund F
Managing Director at Moody’s Analytics
General Counsel at Speedinvest
Founder at Instahelp
COO Back, Angel Investor
Founding Partner at Puzzle Ventures
VC Investor and Partner at Maki.vc
VC Investor UVC Partners
Grow F is supported by
MiMARK Diagnostics raises €1M to accelerate the development of its in vitro diagnostic assay for endometrial cancer
Viatu raises $1 million to bring sustainable travel options to customers in one search
Nossa Data Raises £1.2M in Seed Funding
Ada Growth raises more than €1M with its recent investment round led by Hansi Hansmann
Reach out to our Grow F Program Lead
“Hi, I am Fanny Springer, the Program Manager responsible for Grow F! If you have any questions about the application process, or the program itself, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!”
Grow F – FAQs
Does Grow F take any equity? Are there any costs related to Grow F?
The Grow F program is equity free. Nevertheless, we expect full commitment from our participants. Therefore, we take a commitment fee of €900.
What is more, we take a success fee in the case of successful fundraising from € 300k equity investment onwards. The amount is set at 3% of the total investment sum with a cap of € 20k. This means (for example):
Capital raised € 150k = € 0 success fee
Capital raised € 300k = € 9.000 success fee
Capital raised € 900k = € 20.000 success fee
Capital raised € 1 Mio = € 20.000 success fee
The success fee is taken for the sum of equity investment that is closed within 15 months from the beginning of the program.
There are several exceptions, such as, if you already have investor LOIs when the program starts. Find out everything about it during the application process.
Is Grow F online?
Grow F is a hybrid startup program with weekly online workshops and one in-person networking event with carefully selected VC investors in one of Europe’s major startup hubs.
Does Fund F invest after the program?
Fund F is an exciting and distinct entity within the Female Founders brand. While it’s not directly tied to the investment readiness program, rest assured that Fund F is closely connected and fully aware of your venture’s potential and progress. In fact, the Fund F team is highly interested in your business and could very well be a potential investor for you.
While there is no obligation for Fund F to invest, we encourage you to explore the incredible opportunities that our Fund presents. Your success is our priority, and we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way!
I already have first fundraising experience, does the program still make sense?
Yes, usually most startups going into our program already have first fundraising experience eg. with angel investors when joining the program. Our focus is on fundraising from institutional investors (Venture Capital Funds) and preparing you for your upcoming VC round.
The program focuses on the necessary fundraising preparation, allowing you to efficiently manage the process and successfully close the round within weeks after the program.
How many sessions are there? What is the time commitment?
The program requires about 16 hours of your time in total, with two online sessions per week lasting around 2 hours each.
In the last week of each cohort, we organize an exciting in-person event in one of Europe’s major startup hubs. This two-day event is not only a celebration of your program graduation, but also a valuable networking opportunity. We carefully select VC investors to attend based on the specific focus of each cohort. Our aim is to create the perfect match between founders and investors, ensuring the best possible start to your fundraising journey.
How does Grow F prepare me for my upcoming VC round?
Our fundraising workshops are designed to be engaging and interactive, with a strong connection to practical activities. These activities serve as tasks on your fundraising preparation checklist, ensuring you cover all the essential aspects. We have curated these activities based on best practices and provided templates and key resources to make your fundraising preparation as smooth as possible.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity for individual check-ins with the Female Founders team, offering you extra support and personalized feedback.
What’s the fundraising toolbox?
Introducing our Fundraising Toolbox – your ultimate companion throughout the fundraising journey. Packed with best practices, key resources, and user-friendly templates, this go-to platform covers all essential activities, from preparation to post-fundraising. Each activity aligns with our weekly sessions, helping you navigate the competitive VC landscape with confidence. Let’s unlock the full potential of your startup together!