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The Doyenne Investor Accelerator is a 12-week program designed to equip women with the skills and knowledge to invest in startups. 

Currently, women occupy less than 4% of all Venture Capital (VC) manager roles across the U.S.A. In 2020, women-led startups received just 2.3% of VC funding. We know that women are more likely than men to invest in women-led ventures. By increasing the number of active women investors within the startup ecosystem, we aim to close the funding gap for women-led ventures.

The Investor Accelerator blends online learning, virtual workshops, and partnership events to build women’s financial knowledge and ability to evaluate companies, make smart investments, and remain engaged after deals are made. We do all of this while keeping legal and tax implications in mind to explain risk and create a safe space where questions are encouraged for increased learning.

Gain the skills to become an investor.

Join the next Investor Accelerator cohort.

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investor accelerator outcomes

  • Gain vocabulary associated with investment options and deals

  • Understand the requirements of becoming an investor

  • Know the different types of investor options (ie: Angel vs. Syndicate vs. Venture Capital) and investment types (ie: Stock, convertible note, SAFE)

  • Understand the tax implications of investing in companies and how to file

  • Gain hands-on experience evaluating entrepreneurial endeavors and staying engaged with ventures after investing in them

Start with the customer – find out what they want and give it to them.

The experience

The Investor Accelerator contains 3 phases

 The Doyenne Investor Accelerator is divided into three major phases that build on each other over the course of the 12 weeks. Participants receive a workbook for each phase and attend a combination of live workshops (with Q&A) and on-demand webinars.

Phase 1: Being an Investor & Startup Investment Vehicles

What does being an investor mean? And what are the different requirements and options for being an investor? During the first three weeks of the program, participants will learn about financial requirements, the impact of women investors on the startup & investing ecosystem, Different types of investors, and legal structures & tax implications for investment options.

Phase 2: Managing and Evaluating Deal Flow

In the second phase, participants learn how to find and evaluate companies to invest in:

—Sourcing investment options
—Evaluating company pitches
—Due diligence
—Investment types
—Live practice seeing entrepreneur pitches and evaluating documents

Phase 3: Post-Investment Management

What happens after you write the check? In phase three, participants learn how best to serve and advocate for the entrepreneurs and ventures within their portfolio and their options for getting their money back to be able to invest again.

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connecting & Empowering women investors

    Investor Accelerator Kickoff Event

The first step in the Investor Accelerator experience is to build community within the cohort. The cohort will be working closely with each other over the 12 weeks, we are in this together and we create a space where you can be honest, vulnerable, and accepted for your experiences, background, level of knowledge, and personal story you bring to the group.

    Celebration & Conclusion of Program

The program ends with Doyenne Investor Accelerator participants attending the Doyenne Showcase event to hear pitches and evaluate ventures participating in our Triple Threat Venture Training program. We also host a celebratory happy hour to celebrate the journey and growth the cohort has experiences throughout their participation within the program.

    Additional Opportunities throughout the 12-week journey:

Peer Coffee Sessions: As a cohort, you have the opportunity to schedule coffee meetings with other Investor Accelerator participants and/or Doyenne program team leaders—either one-on-one or as groups to learn from each other and strengthen your network.

Introductions to Investor Networks: Doyenne works with other investor networks and will provide you with opportunities to meet these individuals & groups.

Access to Entrepreneurs Seeking Investment Dollars: Doyenne's Triple Threat Venture Training program runs at the same time as the Investor Accelerator program to create opportunities for both programs' participants to support each other's learning and growth along their journeys. Doyenne also works with many other women entrepreneurs who are seeking investors and will create opportunities for Investor Accelerator participants to meet with these entrepreneurs.

Gain the skills to become an investor.

Join the next Investor Accelerator cohort.