An intimate founder circle of female engineers, guided by successful female founders and leaders.
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.
Dean of Engineering at Princeton
Founder & CEO Fable, Former CTO Cisco, Board Spotify & Microsoft
CTO Data Grail & Former CTO Stitchfix
Partner at Sequoia, Former CEO and Founder of Polyvore
VP of Eng at Instagram, Ex-CTO of Tinder, Founder of Alike, Acq YHoo
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
CEO and Co-Founder of Bioage, Pear Founder
CEO and Founder of Lightning Labs, Fellow at Coin Center
Senior Director of Engineering at Instacart, Founding team of FB Stories
Co-Founder of BoldEcho, 30 years of speech coaching
CEO and Founder of Nobell Foods, Pear Founder
CEO and Co-Founder of FormFunction, Pear Founder
CTO and Co-Founder of Bonfire, Pear Founder
Founding Managing Partner
General Partner at A16z Bio + Health
Founding Partner at Faction VC
Partner at Lux Capital
Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners
Anne Lee Skates
Partner at A16z Consumer
Co-Founder of Maker Wine
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!
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!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!