The Violet Society is a startup sisterhood for future founders.
We run high-touch, face-to-face programs for ambitious women in the first 10 years of their career who are aspiring and early-stage founders. The Violet Society gives members the confidence, network, and skills they need to launch a company.
The fellowship cohorts are selective groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Our first cohort had 13 members (each cohort has 12-14 members total) from a variety of universities, companies, and roles who are working together to overcome the professional and personal challenges of starting a startup.
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Our fellowship is a 12-week program that meets for weekly masterminds plus a kickoff and final celebration. We run this program twice a year and also run a hackathon & retreat.
Our ultimate vision is to be YPO for female founders. Members will move through levels based on the stage of their company and their location in the world; pre-launch, post-launch but pre-funding, then based on funding (seed-stage, Series A, etc.) or revenue (<$100K, $100-$500K, $500K-$1mil, etc.). We're starting with the earliest stage to build up an alumni network and stay with women as their entrepreneurial journey progresses.
The Violet Society fellowship is meant to focus on peer mentorship. Because of this, we're looking for people with varying experiences who still have some common ground. The ideal participants have 1-7 years of professional experience in the tech industry, but that range is flexible. Our community is focused on people who identify as women, and nonbinary members are also welcome. If you have more questions about the previous sentence, please take a look at this thread and email us with any concerns.
We aren't looking for people in any particular role and are open to Engineering, Design, Product, Marketing, Biz Dev, Talent, Success, etc. The most important qualities we're looking for are honesty, empathy, ambition, compassion, and determination.
The program starts with an all-day kick-off; a deep dive into your background, current mindset, and future goals. We get to know one another in this small group to build the foundation for the rest of the program. Then, during our weekly evening masterminds, we talk through our goals for the upcoming week and improvements or wins from the previous week. We then run a couple of sessions, each led by a rotating discussion leader, in a welcoming intellectual discussion. The program ends with a final party where members will present their key takeaways from the 3 months to family, friends, investors, and founders.
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