Great news! The Pipeline Fellowship is currently taking applications for fellows for its fall 2014 programs. Programs will be held in Atlanta, Austin, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco.
As many of you know, I recently completed the Pipeline Fellowship. Pipeline trains women to be angel investors, focusing on supporting women entrepreneurs whose businesses have a positive social impact. My experience with the Pipeline Fellowship was extraordinary in many ways.
The class meets monthly over the course of 6 months. We cover investing basics, meet influential and inspiring mentors, and learn from each other as we go. The class also includes an experiential component. Each Fellow contributes money and we make an angel investment as a group. We receive applications from entrepreneurs, select 7 to 10 companies to pitch to us, choose three of those to continue with due diligence, and ultimately invest in one.
One of the things I love about Pipeline is that it is set up to honor the ways that women enjoy learning: we learn in a circle, sharing our own wisdom and listening to each other’s. And we bond working together on a project that we care about.
For me, a huge benefit of the class was getting to know the other women. There were 8 of us, and one wonderful TA. Since we had an investing assignment to complete together, we got to know each other’s values and work styles. Each of us stretched and grew during our time together. We found ourselves dreaming at bigger levels and hungry to increase our impact on projects important to us.
My Pipeline classmates are an incredible inspiration to me. Many of us continue to work on professional projects together, and will for some time to come. Stay tuned to hear about these projects…