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Fourthwave | Women-led Accelerator Program: Los Angeles and Sacramento - FourthWave
FourthWave currently has annual programs in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
FourthWave, Women-led companies, Female Accelerator, Women-led technology companies, female entrepreneurs, Sacramento, Los Angeles
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Candidate Requirements


  • APPLICATION: If you believe you are a good fit for FourthWave, please complete the following application, selecting which city you want to be considered for. There is a $300 non-refundable fee due at selection and this is the only cost to the program at this time. This cost is waived for cities where grant funding makes that possible (such as Sacramento for 2017). At the moment, we are actively seeking women-led technology company Sacramento candidates through April 5th. If you have any questions about whether this is a fit for your and your team, please connect with us through our Contact Portal. Don’t rule yourself out – connect with us to see if this is a fit for you! 

  • GENERAL QUALIFIERS: FourthWave will select companies that are women-led, and will undergo an assessment with their Veteran Advisor at selection to develop their plan for the year, actively participate for the duration of the program, and be committed to becoming a conscious leader and to developing their companies with diversity and conscious leadership values at their core. Please don’t rule yourself out – ask us here ANY questions you may have. Learn more about Conscious Leadership here.

  • RESIDENCY: Selected companies should have their main headquarters located (or be willing to locate) in the City of their program, and commit that their key co-founding and leadership teams participate wherever possible in the education workshops, mentoring, and community-building events for the program year. 

  • DIVERSITY: FourthWave is an accelerator focused on women-led companies with inclusive teams. It is not an all-female program. FourthWave cohort companies should be committed to developing diverse teams and conscious leadership-inspired companies.

  • COMPANY READINESS: We’re looking to support companies who seek to solve critical path problems to achieve a next-level capital event that will result in growth and scale. You should have some traction: have a prototype, have partners and/or investors, have a sound business model, a team in place, and some revenue earnings (anywhere in the world). Again – don’t rule yourself out – connect with us with any questions.

  • TRACTION AND SCALE: FourthWave considers companies beyond idea or concept stage. We seek to help solve critical path challenges (access to capital, talent, scale expertise) for companies who have achieved some degree of traction – a working demo/prototype, some revenue, strategic partnerships, etc. Following the selection of candidates, we will together create a “catalyst” plan for the company, carefully identifying needs, problems to solve, support that will make the difference. The year is all about executing that plan with and for the company. But don’t rule yourself out. Ask us if you have questions about whether or not you would qualify! 

  • VERTICALS: Companies within the technology industry sectors of new Machine Learning/Big Data Analytics, and Ag, Med/Health, Bio, Clean/Climate, Sport, and Civic/Government tech are preferred in Sacramento. However, technology isn’t limited to computer technology: if you wonder whether your technology qualifies, ask us here – we’re open to all manner of innovations! 

  • AWESOMENESS: We seek out inspiring, extraordinary people leading companies tied to their deep personal passions, and who are genuinely committed to the values of conscious leadership. We share these values as a founding team and as advisors, values we see successfully being deployed in other accelerators we admire, such as MergeLane in Boulder, CO.

  • ACCESS TO CAPITAL: We work with every possible source of capital to create a bridge to funding sources for our cohort companies. We are also actively seeking to invite and/or create new sources of early stage seed and Angel capital, a missing link to the funding chain in most every community. Currently, we do not take equity in companies we support, although this may change in the future when/if we introduce our own funds, which we plan to do in the near future.

  • CURRENT PROGRAMS AND EVENTS: Visit the city page for the latest dates and announcements for events in Los Angeles, or Sacramento. Learn more about our cornerstone Community Dinners and Conscious Leadership intensive education programs and what you can expect when participating here.

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