WELCOME TO

Zane Access

10-Week Program for Underrepresented Founders

RAISE CAPITAL WITH CONFIDENCE

Zane Access' Capital Readiness Cohort is the premiere capital readiness experience that was built to equip underrepresented founders with the skills to navigate the world of capital with confidence.

Learn technical elements, including terms sheets, deal structures, and forecasting to help founders master negotiation and eliminate learning-as-you-go.

Understand how strategic elements, such as pitching, storytelling, personal brand, and communication ensure you put your best foot forward from day one.

Get ready for honest conversations and solutions that speak to the unique experiences that women, Black. LatinX, Asian, and LGBTQ+ founders encounter as they raise capital across the country.

In 2022, we are also excited to announced that cohort graduates who are building e-commerce companies will be eligible for seed money from Shopify; and all graduates will be eligible for seed money from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

"Our experience in the Zane pre-capital program was so timely and needed as we embarked on our fundraising journey. The program provided us with the tools and confidence we needed to complete a successful 7-figure seed round raise for our company, Young King Hair Care. Many thanks to the Zane team for their continued support throughout the process and beyond!" 

What Sets Zane Access Apart From Others

EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE PROGRAM INCLUDING ACCESS TO LAUNCH MONEY!

WEEKLY GROUP SESSION WITH SPEAKERS

Access venture capital fund managers and speakers every Thursday at 6:30pm EST during our 2-hour interactive, group cohort sessions.

WEEKLY "ASK ME ANYTHING" GUEST COACHING SESSIONS

Access even more personalized guidance through weekly "Ask Me Anything" sessions with venture capitalists and subject matters speakers every Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST.

24/7 SLACK CHANNEL SUPPORT AND NETWORKING

Access our Zane Access Team in our private Slack group and ask questions 24/7. Also connect to your fellow cohort members and build your network.

SMALL GROUPS BREAKOUTS MATCHED BY INDUSTRY

Access other founders in your industry via breakout rooms during our weekly group sessions.

OUR MENTOR NETWORK PROVIDES 1:1 SUPPORT

Access our network of mentors from across the country to ensure you're staying on track and have personalized support.

PITCH VIDEO SUBMISSION WITH FEEDBACK

Access tips and customized actionable feedback from the entire Zane team on your pitch video as you near the end of the program. 

COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCES FROM ZANE PARTNERS

We love our partners! Expect goodies coming your way throughout the program and especially at graduation.

LIVE GRADUATION OPEN TO PUBLIC AND INVESTORS

Expect special guests and a chance to pitch in front of a 300+ virtual crowd. Last year's Cohort Graduation featured Foundry Group's Brad Feld.

By The Stats

By The Stats

TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS

37 COMPANIES | 10 WEEKS | $8.0+M RAISED AFTER GRADUATION

Cora and Stefan Miller

Co-Founders, Young King Hair Care

Cohort 1

Delphine Carter

Founder, Boulo Solutions

Cohort 1

KRISTY MCCANN FLYNN

GO COACH

Company Incorporated: 2018

GoCoach is also a Zane Venture Fund portfolio company.

GoCoach is also a Zane Venture Fund portfolio company.

Double customer base, aid 1000 individuals and 33 companies through COVID assistance program

Quadruple customer base through COVID assistance program customer conversions

  • Zane Access begins to mentor and advise founder
  • GoCoach lands it's first investors with WGU, Ben Franklin and Early Light

GoCoach wins Atlanta's Startup Showdown, powered by Panoramic Ventures

Raises $3.3M, round led by Panoromic Ventures.

  • Zane commits and joins $3.3M round; Hire ~20 people

GoCoach launches "Learning 4 Everyone"

THE NETWORK OF INVESTORS YOU NEED IN ONE PROGRAM

First Look At Your Cohort 3 Speakers

MARLON NICHOLS

MANAGING PARTNER, MAC VENTURE CAPITAL

BANU OZKAZANC-PAN

VENTURE CAPITAL INCLUSION LAB, BROWN UNIVERSITY

EKWUTOZIA NWABUZOR

COUNSEL, LOWENSTEIN SANDLER LLP

TOPE AWOTONA

FOUNDER, CALENDLY

GALE WILKINSON

FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, VITALIZE VC

KELLI JONES

MANAGING PARTNER, SIXTY8 CAPITAL

ALLISON BYERS

FOUNDER AND CEO, SCROOBIOUS

AMBER SAUNDERS

PRINCIPAL, THE SAUNDERS FIRM P.C.

EMMA SILVERMAN

PRINCIPAL, TMV


THE COHORT 3 CALENDAR


2021 Cohort 2 Speakers

JESS LEE

PARTNER, SEQUOIA CAPITAL

CHARLES HUDSON

MANAGING PARTNER, PRECURSOR CAPITAL

KAILEI CARR

CEO, THE ASBURY GROUP

BANU OZKAZANC-PAN

VENTURE CAPITAL INCLUSION LAB, BROWN UNIVERSITY

GAYLE JENNINGS-O'BYRNE

CO-FOUNDER, WOCSTAR FUND

SAMARA HERNANDEZ

FOUNDING PARTNER, CHINGONA VENTURES

Tope Awotona

Keynoting our cohort graduation ceremony is Tope Awotona of Calendly. Tope is Founder and CEO of Calendly, the modern scheduling platform for high-performing teams and individuals accelerating business forward. With his strategic direction, Calendly has grown and evolved to over 10 million monthly users.

Tope is the recipient of the 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle Most Admired CEO Award and named an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 honoree. Today, Zane Access is proudly supported by Tope and we’re thrilled to have him join us for the Cohort Three Graduation.


Zane Access is proudly supported by Brad Felder, co-Founder of Foundry Group, co-founder of TechStars, and co-author of Venture Deals.

Zane Access is proudly supported by Tope Awotona, Founder of Calendly. one of Atlanta's newly minted Unicorns.

2020 CAPITAL READINESS COHORT 1

2021 CAPITAL READINESS COHORT 2


THE TRAINING YOU WANT. THE NETWORK YOU NEED.

In One Powerful Program

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