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One more accelerator for Women-led StartUps launches

MergeLane Cofounders

MergeLane Cofounders

In 2011, I assembled a listing of over 100 global incubator, seed-funding and accelerator programs for entrepreneurs, start up founders and other early to mid-stage growth tech companies.

Back then, there were only about 10 female-focused programs and sadly that number has not grown by much despite the recent increased efforts of getting more girls and women into tech and supporting female-run start ups already in existence.

Good news for those who live in the Boulder, Colorado area or who have some flexibility to relocate there for at least three weeks!

The two-women team behind new accelerator MergeLane is now accepting applications for its first class that will start this February 2015, but only for a couple more days!

The deadline is this Monday, December 15 but if accepted, teams can anticipate receiving a minimum of $20,000 in funding and access to up to $100,000 in discretionary investment. And although the program lasts 12 weeks, those with limited opportunity to relocate to Boulder are only required to stay for 3 weeks.

Selected participants can also count on getting exposure to a resource of  “high-value, gender- and industry-diverse mentors and investors throughout the entire program,” as described it in a recent feature on the accelerator.

Sounds like an exciting program! It’s one more drip drop in that bridging the gender opportunity equity pond we are all trying to fill.

Okay, mixed metaphors are my thing! ha!


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Jeneba “JJ Ghatt”,is editor at, an online hub where she helps social media butterfly who empowers digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things online at her online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy.  She is an editor of tech blog and founded the annual 200 Black Women to Follow On Twitter List. Read her bio, then get all of her online & digital biz startup advice and tools in one spot here!

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