investing in women

Hear MergeLane’s Sue Heilbronner and Foundry Group’s Seth Levine in an open and intimate discussion of the sexual harassment news that emerged from Silicon Valley over the last two months. Seth has been an instrumental advisor and personal investor in MergeLane since day one. Foundry has made numerous investments in female-led teams, particularly in last three years. Hear what Seth and…

Read more Podcast with Seth Levine of Foundry Group: One “Middle-aged Guy’s” Reaction to Sexual Harassment in Venture

In our best efforts to guide youth to becoming meaningful leaders in their lives, we can employ many useful tools which bolster future opportunities. Empowerment, perseverance, confidence and an entrepreneurial spirit are important notions for all kids to have in their back pockets, but equally as necessary is the one-on-one experience of a personal mentor.…

Read more Mentoring Young Women to Empower the Next Generation of Leaders

Just like we believe that investing in women-led companies isn’t just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, we believe that investing in girls is key to #ChangingTheRatio. According to the White House, “Ensuring that a nation’s girls are educated unlocks human potential on a transformational scale, advancing progress in every…

Read more Bold Summer: MergeLane Leadership Camp for High School Girls

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It seems every day between Thanksgiving and the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza trifecta now has an alliterative theme, so as of now “Shop Women Leaders Wednesday” is a thing. I’ve looked high and low, I have scoured the landscape of possible gift recommendations, and then, I just decided to tell you about the companies I love with one…

Read more Shop Women Leaders Wednesday: The First Annual MergeLane Holiday Gift Guide

BallotReady MergeLane

This is a guest post by Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, a graduate of the 2016 MergeLane accelerator.  BallotReady is an online non-partisan voter guide that helpers voters make informed decisions all the way down the ballot. If you live in Illinois, Colorado, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Hawaii; BallotReady will cover every race…

Read more MergeLane’s High Expectations Help BallotReady Bring Non-Partisan Voter Guides to this Election

dr. madeleine-albright

I had the opportunity to meet the former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last week. The experience made me realize that I’ve taken the opportunities paved by generations of women before me for granted. To Dr. Albright, the grandmother I never knew, and the women and supportive men of generations before me, please accept my…

Read more An Apology to the Generations of Women Before Me and a Bold Ask of Dr. Madeleine Albright

2017 MergeLane Startup Accelerator Applications Are Open

MergeLane, the accelerator and fund for high-growth startups with at least one woman in leadership, is now accepting applicants for its 2017 accelerator. This program will pair a select cohort of startups with industry-leading mentors and CEO coaches to dramatically increase the startups’ growth trajectory. The startup accelerator will run from February 5th to April 28th, 2017.…

Read more 2017 MergeLane Startup Accelerator Applications Are Open