SoarTriangle, the Triangle-based program designed to help close the funding gap between male and female-led startups will soon select it’s third cohort of mentee companies.
Since its establishment just over two years ago, the program’s deep bench of advisors and principals like Groundwork Labs’ John Austin, Duke University visiting professor Lauren Whitehurst, serial entrepreneur and technologist Vickie Gibbs, and American Underground’s Adam Klein have mentored nine female-led startups, hosted numerous networking and educational events, and shepherded mentee companies through the process of building and scaling their companies.
The growth and success exhibited by previous mentees speak to the program’s impact. Mati Energy has raised more than $1M and opened its own facility to make tens of thousands of cans of energy drink a week. Sweetie Pie Organics got its toddler snack foods into 450 Whole Foods stores across the U.S. Tom & Jenny’s won several startup pitch competitions which brought in capital and elevated the healthy candy brand.
The program continues to iterate and improve, taking best practices from prior years and tweaking sessions or topic areas covered to better prepare mentee companies for success. The third year kicks off the first week of September with a new cohort of four to six startups. They’ll be announced in August.