Promising founders are everywhere, yet women and people of colour are significantly underfunded by venture capital.
But companies that are led by a female founder perform 63% better in ROI than those with all-male founding teams, and companies with ethnically diverse leadership are 36% more likely to outperform others in profitability.
Still, only 0.8% of venture capital in the Netherlands goes to all-female founded teams, and just 5.7% goes to mixed teams. In Europe, 0.5% of venture capital goes to female founders of colour, and funding is going down per year.
This is why we ran a Diverse Founders Accelerator programme from May to July 2022, supporting a cohort of 6 early-stage tech start-ups led by women and people of colour.
The programme has now finished. We will share the impact of the programme on this page, and will update it when a future programme launches.
Get our support in raising seed funding between €150k and €1 million. We will help you with your fundraising materials, train you in delivering your pitch, and directly connect you with our network of investors.
Get introduced to our community of mission-aligned super connectors, partners, and investors who have the resources to skyrocket your business. You will also join the Global Tech Advocates community of 20,000 members in 20+ hubs across the world.
Get paired with a successful entrepreneur who will share advice, connect you to their network, and support you throughout your journey.
Gain practical knowledge to grow your business. Based on your needs, we will design a personalised curriculum with 1-on-1 coaching sessions and group workshops on topics such as fundraising, marketing and leadership skills.
42Workspace, Schiedamse Vest 154, 3011 BH, Rotterdam.
Deadline to apply: March 20th
The programme runs from:
May 5th - 7th
June 2nd - 4th
July 7th - 9th
Participation is entirely free of charge and funded by Tech Netherlands Advocates. We do not charge start-ups in the cohort any equity or programme fees.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Are led by at least one Founder who is a woman and/or a person of colour, and holds a controlling equity stake in the company.
Have technology built into its core business.
Aim to raise seed funding
(€150k - €1 million).
Create positive social or environmental returns.