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We are looking for the next generation of female engineer entrepreneurs.

Spring 2023 cohort launching soon! Applications are open and rolling.

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An intimate founder circle of female engineers, guided by successful female founders and leaders.

Build community

Join aspiring and early-stage female technical founders to explore startup ideas and build life-long relationships

Learn from visionaries

Attend intimate fireside chats with visionary female leaders and founders and learn from tactical storytelling and speech workshops

Gain valuable perspectives

Hear from top tier VC partners on what they look for

Meet with Pear partners

Gain insight on industry expertise, go-to-market strategy, product-market fit, and hiring

Attend social events

Enjoy curated events including wine tastings, spa days, and dinners in SF and NY

Learn from visionary female leaders and founders.

Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith

Dean of Engineering at Princeton

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Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior

Founder & CEO Fable, Former CTO Cisco, Board Spotify & Microsoft

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Sarah Tavel

Sarah Tavel

GP Benchmark

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Cathy Polinski

Cathy Polinsky

CTO Data Grail & Former CTO Stitchfix

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Jess Lee

Partner at Sequoia, Former CEO and Founder of Polyvore

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Maria Zhang

VP of Eng at Instagram, Ex-CTO of Tinder, Founder of Alike, Acq YHoo

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Lily Sarafan

Founder TheKey, Board of Instacart, Thumbtack; Board of Trustees Stanford

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Varsha Rao

CEO of NuRX, COO of Clover Health

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Magdalena Yesil

First Investor and Founding Board of Salesforce, Board of Informed, SoFi

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Kristin Fortney

CEO and Co-Founder of Bioage, Pear Founder

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Elizabeth Stark

CEO and Founder of Lightning Labs, Fellow at Coin Center

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Lily Zhang

Senior Director of Engineering at Instacart, Founding team of FB Stories

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Kristin Tedford

Co-Founder of BoldEcho, 30 years of speech coaching

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Magi Richani

CEO and Founder of Nobell Foods, Pear Founder

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Katherine Liu

CEO and Co-Founder of FormFunction, Pear Founder

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Melissa Zhang headshot

Melissa Zhang

CTO and Co-Founder of Bonfire, Pear Founder

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Mar Hershenson

Founding Managing Partner

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Julie Yoo

General Partner at A16z Bio + Health

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Banafsheh Fathieh

Founding Partner at Faction VC

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Deena Shakir

Partner at Lux Capital

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Mercedes Bent headshot

Mercedes Bent

Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

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Anne Lee Skates

Partner at A16z Consumer

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Jill Puente

Marketing Partner

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Ajay Kamat

Partner

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Pedram Keyani

Visiting Partner

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Kendra Kawala

Co-Founder of Maker Wine

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Ashe Magalhaes

I can’t speak highly enough about the Pear VC community…I’m continuously in awe at the team’s brilliance and groundedness. Thank you, Pear (and especially Vivien Ho!) for curating amazing conversations and friendships through the Female Founder Circles.

Ashe Magalhaes Founder

Nicole Alonso

I’m extremely thankful to have participated in Pear VC’s first Female Founder Circle program! I can’t even put into words how impactful and inspiring each session has been. A huge thank you to Vivien for curating such an incredible cohort of female technical founders and guest speakers!

Nicole Alonso Founder

Helena Merk

Most of my time as an engineer and now founder is in male-dominated spaces, and I had no idea how much I’d value having a strong group of female founders in my life. I’m grateful to Vivien for inviting me to join and the entire Pear team for being such warm (and brilliant) humans!

Helena Merk Founder

Cynthia and Mariale

The community that Pear VC has built for female founder engineers is special. It is hard to meet that many strong female role models and founder colleagues in one place. We are grateful for Vivien and the Pear team’s dedication to building and cultivating this community.

P.S. We met during the first cohort!

Mariale Montenegro & Cynthia Alexander Founders

FAQs

Who is eligible for this program?

Any woman that has a background in STEM or engineering

Actively working on a startup idea full-time or part-time outside of work

At least a few years out of school – we have separate programs for students

How does Pear choose FFC members?

If you’re nominated or apply, we will reach out to conduct a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good fit given your stage, eligibility and background. We only accept 30-35 founders per cohort and we get over 300 applicants. We encourage nominations!

How much does it cost?

This program requires no upfront cost to participate, but our goal is to partner with you in the long-term.

Do I need to have started a company to join?

No, but we require everyone to be actively working on a startup idea full-time or part-time

What are the dates of the program?

Winter 2023 will begin in March and go for 10 weeks.

What’s the time commitment?

We expect individuals to commit approximately two hours weekly, and attend all events in person or on Zoom.

Does FFC happen in person or virtually? What if I’m not based in SF?

FFC is hybrid. If you’re in the Bay Area we expect you come to in-person sessions. We accept those who are outside of the Bay Area and welcome them to attend events on Zoom.

How can I find out more / get in touch?

Feel free to reach out with any questions to vivien@pear.vc. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Do you have a referral or nomination for Pear Female Founder Circles?

Refer someone great!