All Raise Female VCs Team Up With Female Founders Across the U.S. to Pay It Forward

Female Founders Office Hours, a new group of leading women venture capitalists who reach out to help women with mentoring sessions between investors and founders, recently launched All Raise, a nonprofit organization geared toward connecting women investors and entrepreneurs to one another. Now the initiative is taking the next step, connecting with over a hundred women founders throughout the United States to help foster connections between women in the tech industry. Read more and click through to learn about the organization; mentoring sessions; the value of confidence and role models are for women in the field; and the importance of intentionally formed networks of mutually supportive, professional women—all dedicated to helping one another succeed.

By Bérénice Magistretti

A few months ago, a group of powerhouse female VCs came together to create Female Founders Office Hours, which provides one-on-one mentoring sessions between female investors and female founders. Last week, the group announced the official launch of All Raise, a nonprofit that aims to help women in venture capital and entrepreneurship connect and support one another. All Raise is now blazing full steam ahead and announced today that it has joined forces with more than 120 venture-backed female founders across the country to address an alarming issue in tech: the isolation women in the industry feel.

The All Raise movement is spearheaded by Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee, who was joined by more than 30 other female VCs, including Forerunner Ventures’ Kirsten Green, Spark Capital’s Megan Quinn, and Sequoia Capital’s Jess Lee. Since launching the first Female Founders Office Hours in November, the group says it has received over 1,500 applications for one-on-one mentoring sessions across five events in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. So far, the group has held over 200 meetings.

Now, to expand the initiative even further, an influential group of female founders from all stages and sectors is joining All Raise to pay it forward. Mentors include Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake, Glossier’s Emily Weiss, Houzz’s Adi Tatarko, two of the Coffee Meets Bagel cofounders, Afton Vechery of Modern Fertility, and Felicia Curcuru of Binti, who before becoming a founder worked on the investor side at FundersClub.

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