An intimate founder circle of female engineers, guided by successful female founders and leaders.
Join a like-minded community
Join aspiring and early-stage female technical founders to explore startup ideas and build life-long relationships
Be inspired by visionaries
Attend intimate fireside chats with visionary and successful female leaders and founders
Gain valuable fundraising perspectives
Hear from top tier VC partners on what they look for and learn from the mentorship from female founders who have successfully raised
Learn from Pear partners
Gain insight on industry expertise and workshops on AI, go-to-market strategy, product-market fit, hiring, tactical storytelling and speech coaching
Connect at social events
Enjoy curated events including wine tastings, spa days, yoga and dinners in local hubs (SF, NY)
Introducing our new initiative: Female Founder Circle Retreat!
Inspired by FFC, The FFC (Female Founder Circles) Retreat is an invitation-only one and a half-day gathering in Palm Springs for female founders, inspired by successful female founders and leaders.
Being a founder is tough. Being a female founder poses its own set of challenges. Founders need support. Who better to give support to than fellow founders? Join us as a group of female founders, from seed to unicorn, share experiences, build community, and support each other.Apply for the Retreat
Learn from visionary leaders and founders.
CEO and Co-Founder, Maven Clinic
CTO and Co-Founder, Stytch
Laura Behrens Wu
CEO and Co-Founder, Shippo
CEO and Founder, Common Room
CEO and Co-founder of Clipboard Health
Claire Hughes Johnson
Former COO of Stripe
CTO of Linktree, former VP of Engineering at Snap
CEO of Ancestry, Board of Intuit, Author of Take Back Your Power
Founding Managing Partner
Co-founder and VP Marketing at Branch
Founder & CEO Fable, Former CTO Cisco, Board Spotify & Microsoft
CEO and Founder of Nobell Foods, Pear Founder
Managing General Partner and Founder of Forerunner
Partner at Sequoia, Former CEO and Founder of Polyvore
VP of Eng at Google, Ex-CTO of Tinder, Founder of Alike, Acq YHoo
CEO and Co-Founder of BioAge (Pear Company)
Dean of Engineering at Princeton
Founder TheKey, Board of Instacart, Thumbtack; Board of Trustees Stanford
CEO of NuRX, COO of Clover Health
First Investor and Founding Board of Salesforce, Board of Informed, SoFi
Senior Director of Engineering at Instacart, Founding team of FB Stories
Co-Founder of BoldEcho, 30 years of speech coaching
CTO Data Grail, Board of Aetion
CEO and Co-Founder of FormFunction, Pear Founder
Partner at Lux Capital
CTO and Co-Founder of Bonfire, Pear Founder
General Partner at A16z Bio + Health
Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners
Anne Lee Skates
Partner at A16z Consumer
Co-Founder of Maker Wine
Head of PearX
Co-Founder of Maker Wine
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 40 founders per cohort and we get over 800 applicants. We encourage nominations and referrals!
How much does it cost?
It’s free – no strings attached. We just ask you to commit to all the sessions and being an active member. We have a <5% acceptance rate
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?
Spring 2024 will begin in mid March and go for 12 weeks.
What’s the time commitment?
We expect individuals to commit to coming to as many sessions as possible and getting to know the community, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!