MergeLane is a winner of the $50,000 Small Business Association’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition for 2016 for the second year in a row. The SBA today announced a total of $3.4 million in federal awards for startup accelerators who are making an impact to an underserved market or population. There were 400 applicants in 2016, and 68 programs received the award.
MergeLane — the accelerator focused on startups with at least one female in leadership — also won this award in 2015, and in the last year it has been providing the SBA with quarterly reporting on jobs created, funds raised, startups launched and corporate sponsors. MergeLane’s 2017 accelerator starts in February 2017, and the application is open.
To date MergeLane’s 2015 and 2016 accelerator cohort companies:
“This federal award program from the SBA makes so much sense,” said MergeLane co-founder and CEO Sue Heilbronner. “As a two-time recipient, we are able to see clearly the multiplier effect of this award, which has made and will continue to make a tremendous difference during these two first years of our accelerator.”
The 2016 competition required applicants to submit a video about the impact of their accelerators. Here’s ours:
We have talked about declaring investment themes since our launch six years ago. Today we settled on one "anti-theme": Founders who dislike authentic feedback.
Rapid-fire explanations without curiosity or engagement often feel like dressed-up defensiveness. I’m not terribly game to build a relationship with someone who feels defensive from the start.
I’ve made a decision to take a break from speaking engagements that focus topically on women, women in startups, investing in women, women as leaders, and the rest. This includes events that may not be topically focused on women but are part of something called a “women’s track.” Here's why.
It has been a great few weeks for the MergeLane fund. When people ask us what our criteria are for investments, we always talk about team as the distant number one priority. I wanted to share this recent, wonderful interchange with TomboyX after a great week for them:
How the media (and more) judges emotion in leadership differently between men and women, and the costs of those judgments.
Dennis Adsit of Adsum Insights guest blogs about turning your one-on-ones from pedestrian checklist run-throughs to opportunities for connection and growth.