We love questions.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any female CEO/Founder.
Can I apply with an idea?
No. Launch X is not an incubator. We are an educational community that teaches you the tools required to raise money for your business. Each applicant must be working full-time or part-time on their business.
Can I apply if I am already part of an incubator?
Absolutely. We will just have to make sure that you can attend all the Launch X workshops, which is usually not a problem given the evening time frame of our sessions.
Don't incubators do this already?
We believe the primary benefit of an incubator is to provide initial capital to a nascent business. Incubators give you space and limited resources to build a business from scratch. However, once that business is built, most entrepreneurs still struggle with the fundraising process. Fundraising is clearly not easy but there is a basic level of 'know-how' that we think is essential to know before you start the process, especially for women who are often cut out of the social circles that provide insider information.
When is the application deadline?
Deadlines for each city will be update shortly.
What if I've missed both application deadlines?
If you have missed both deadlines, please feel free to still submit an application. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis for next summer.
Is Launch X offered anywhere else in the world?
Today, we are only active in SF and NYC. We hope to launch nationwide in the future.
Is there an interview involved?
Yes, on a case by case basis. The interview does not need to be in person. We will reach out to you via e-mail to set up a time via phone or Skype.
How big is each class?
We have capped each cohort to 10 women to ensure intimate and helpful sessions.
Are all the workshops led by women?
No. We want to expose our participants to the best investors and entrepreneurs in the world. These include both men and women.
Are all the workshops mandatory?
We strongly advise that you attend all the scheduled workshops, as they build upon one another and give you a chance to meet amazing investors and entrepreneurs. Of course, if there is a conflict that you are aware of ahead of time, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you. We have a strict policy of not allowing more than 2 absences.
Is there a social element to Launch X?
Absolutely. Apart from the mandatory workshops, the community developed outside the workshops will be critical in helping you build your network and support beyond Launch X. This includes working dinners and practice pitch sessions.