ACCELERATE
The Problem

Data shows that diverse teams are more creative, have improved decision making and produce better outcomes. And yet, the tech industry, and software in particular, is dominated by men.

Awareness of this issue was the first step. But now it’s time to act.

Finding a Solution
In 2017, only 17% of startups had a female founder
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Only 2% of VC dollars went to female founders in 2017
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Just 2.7% of venture-backed startups have female CEOs
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Finding a Solution

Over the past three years, OpenView has made every effort to close tech’s gender gap by partnering with organizations like NCWIT, theBoardlist and Athena Alliance and by emphasizing diversity hiring both at our firm and across our portfolio. We even published an in depth guide to diversity hiring so more organizations can expand on these efforts.

While we made great strides in 2017, we know more needs to be done.

What Comes Next
84% of all Board introductions made by OpenView were female
50% of all leadership hires made for our portfolio companies were female
⅓ of all candidates sourced for technical roles in our portfolio were female
What Comes Next

We’re taking our efforts around diversity even further and launching Accelerate, a program aimed at matching highly qualified female entrepreneurs with the resources and access needed to reach the expansion stage.

Why OpenView
Why OpenView

Over the last decade, we’ve built a world-class team dedicated to delivering operational resources to entrepreneurs around the globe. This team takes a hands on approach to drive impact for our portfolio companies around product monetization, customer and talent acquisition, sales training and more.

And, through our content, network and events, we’ve connected with thousands of startups, all in the name of helping every entrepreneur we interact with build large and enduring software businesses.

About Accelerate
About Accelerate

As a participant*, you will work hand in hand with OpenView’s partners and the expansion team to accelerate your company’s growth to the expansion stage.

The program kicks off in April with a strategy session and culminates in September at our annual CEO Retreat. In the months in between, our resources become yours.

In addition to our own team, OpenView is partnering with AlphaSights to give Accelerate companies access to their network of experts. You can learn more about AlphaSights here.

*This program is free of charge. OpenView does not take an equity stake in the companies of Accelerate participants.

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Strategy
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Strategy
  • OpenView-led strategy session for leadership teams
  • Completion of one go-to-market research project
  • Pitch deck review and training
Recruiting
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Recruiting
  • One search driven by OpenView’s in-house recruiting team
  • Compensation benchmarking and organizational design support
Network
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Network
  • Introduction to a mentor in a relevant vertical or industry
  • Access to OpenView’s extensive executive and buyer ecosystem
  • Introductions to potential investors
Events
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Events
  • Invitation to OpenView’s exclusive annual CEO retreat and executive forums
  • Free conference and event space at our Boston office
Get Involved

Thank you to everyone who applied or nominated a candidate for Accelerate. Applications and nominations are now closed. If you would like to get involved with our mentor network, please complete the form below.

Accelerate finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in joining a future Accelerate cohort, please email Gail Axelrod at gail@ov.vc.


Better Together

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Better Together

Together we can empower female tech leaders by providing the resources and access they need to succeed. Thank you for joining us on our mission.

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