Accelerator Program 2019-04-10T05:57:10-07:00
Kerry Couillard
Kerry CouillardFounder & CTO, Babierge
“I never imagined my WSLab advisor, Fran Maier, former co-founder of and TrustE, would become my co-founder!  My WSLab advisors became investors. I was thrilled.”
Karen Katz
Karen KatzSerial Entrepreneur. Playlist Founder
“I got my funding from my Women’s Startup Lab advisors. Some of them even went to my investor pitch with me.”
Sophia Yen
Sophia YenCo-founder & CEO, Pandia Health
“I went to two other accelerators. WSLab’s accelerator is so valuable because the level of advisors and instructors is so high. You get tailored, customized advice because of the small group size.”
Abigail Kiefer
Abigail KieferFounder & CEO, Red Clay
“I got coaching for a corporate meeting. OMG, it made the difference. I closed the deal lightning fast, within 6 months.”
Lauren Koenig
Lauren KoenigTWIP Founder, serial entrepreneur
“My WSLab advisor became my co-founder, and I made life long best friends at my Accelerator. After years, we still support each other. Invaluable.”


Welcome to Women’s Startup Lab

Ware a leading accelerator for female founders.  Over the past 4 years, we have graduated 11 batches with over 100+ alumnae.  They have raised over $50 million with 3 high profile exits.  

You’ve seen what our alumnae have to say, and now, we invite you to experience it for yourself.  Join our Spring Accelerator, this September 2019.  

When you’re doing everything you can and it just isn’t good enough…

You need Hito.  Hito is our unique philosophy based on the Japanese character for “human” that is made up of two people leaning on one another.

We believe that “it takes a village to raise a founder.”

hito We are a collective of influencers who are committed to guiding women entrepreneurs to succeed.  Some of Silicon Valley’s greatest minds will be on site to offer you:

  • Insight, because you don’t know what you don’t know!
  • Real time, relevant advice focused on what matters most to you and your startup now.
  • Their collective wisdom and thoughtful, personal advice, far more worthwhile than 100 hours of “meeting for coffee,” or pitches or YouTube videos.

It’s not just about their knowledge but the experience of executing and taking action together.

We offer a unique format, unlike other accelerators:

  • We are small by design.  You will not be one in a room of 120!  Our small group allows you to dig deeper into your issues and form real connections with influencers and investors who will bring their experience to bear on your startup strategy, funding strategy and negotiating skill to prepare the perfect pitch to gain funding momentum.
  • Two weeks of intensive workshops:  You will be constantly challenged by your mentors and by your peers to refine your vision, your model and your pitch. While refining your startup in interactive workshops, you are forming relationships with Silicon Valley leaders and mentors who can take you to the next level.  The atmosphere of Hito House allows you to create lasting relationships, invaluable for guidance, introductions and even investment.

Program Overview:

Our 12 month program includes:

  • A two week immersion and residential program.  (September 7-20th, 2019)  
  • Live, learn and breathe at our exclusive female founder retreat, Hito House, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  
  • Use Hito House to conduct your Silicon Valley funding activities.  You may stay at Hito House and use it for investor meetings for up to 15 days over the next twelve months. 

A more detailed program overview is available here.

Our Alumni





“It's not a regular accelerator, it really made me understand my purpose and brought the best out of me.”

Jinger Zeng, Co-Founder/CEO Dronesmith Technologies

Meet Your Champions

Tap into our network of industry influencers, advisors and mentors: here are just a few of the influencers and investors who are committed to your success at Women’s Startup Lab.

Bill Reichert
Bill ReichertManaging Director at Garage Technology Ventures
“I’ve seen magic happen here over and over again with founders. Amazing!”
Chris Yeh
Chris YehFormer CEO, Ustream, Startup Education, Wasabi Ventures, Instructor at Stanford University
“This work is important and something I believe in.”
Fran Maier
Fran MaierCo-founder at & TRUSTe
”WSLab provides the boost, encouragement, and confidence women need.“
Mari Baker
Mari BakerFormer President at BabyCenter, EIR at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Senior VP at Intuit
”We need WSLab to create a cultural shift.“
Phil Libin
Phil LibinVC at General Catalyst, Frm. Co-Founder & CEO at Evernote
“I enjoy teaching and learning from WSLab’s participants.”
Bill Joos
Bill JoosStory development and presentation coach
“I love working with the smart, ambitious women at WSLab.”
Joff Redfern
Joff RedfernVP of Atlassian, Former VP of Product at LinkedIn
“Working at LinkedIn, I learned connections are EVERYTHING.”
Jory Des Jardins
Jory Des JardinsCo-Founder & President Emeritus, BlogHer, Board Member & Advisor, SheWorx

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