XXcelerate believes the more women entrepreneurs thrive, the more equitable, safe, and sustainable the world will become.
Woman Led, a peer mentorship model, is now part of XXcelerate!
We joined forces because we are committed to activating and amplifying female entrepreneurs and leaders in order to disrupt existing internal and external normative structures that stand in the way of women exercising their limitless agency in pursuing economic and social opportunity.
We also know that women often feel isolated, disconnected, under-valued and under-resourced as they venture into the entrepreneur space. As womxn try to find their place in a world that isn’t necessarily built to accommodate them and their drive towards leadership, they find themselves constantly struggling against these barriers. Many of which include a lack of social capital, entrepreneurial efficacy, role models and education.
Peer mentorship offers women the platform to realize their social value, giving them the tools to believe in their leadership and entrepreneur spirit and to help other womxn to do the same through sustained and powerful social webs of interconnectedness.
Our peer mentorship program helps develop the entrepreneurial mindset and competencies, influences entrepreneurial self-efficacy, builds community and teaches women to; identify opportunities, hold others accountable, learn through others’ lived experience, become curious and confident and develop other important soft skills.
How does it work?
We host intimate hybrid peer mentorship groups of 5-7 women across Oregon in trusted partner co-working, donated office spaces or within a hybrid virtual model. Members are matched to a group based on business stage and common pain points - so you may be surrounded by other women who are facing the same challenges and experiencing the same successes as you. Groups meet regularly (bi-monthly), are facilitated by a business expert and focus on support, resource sharing, capacity building and accountability.
We offer the opportunity to also create a roadmap with your facilitator so that you can be actively working on your goals as we monitor your progress and help navigate you at key milestones.
Groups are available for women across the business spectrum - from early stage to advanced growth. We are sector agnostic and welcome all kinds of businesses with all kinds of growth plans - we don't judge the journey. The minimum commitment is 6 months, two meetings per month.
We may have a group of women convening right now that fit your needs!
Great! How do I sign up?
The ideal candidate will have a product or service on the market already and will have a strategy that implies they want to grow their business bigger than themselves. You must be ready to invest in your personal growth, commit to consistent attendance, regular goal setting, engagement in group activities and have the time to come with your whole self to group. If you are ready to set the wheels in motion for your forward progress, the XXcelerate community of entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors and donor partners are here for you!
Groups meet in quarterly cohorts, like the semester system, where you have the chance to on- and off-board depending on when you need support. Summers are off and we host 1 casual drop in session per month June-August so you don't have to go without support.
Fill out the Application Form below and we will get back to you to schedule up an interview so we can share more about the program and learn about your personal journey to business growth.
Our mission is to address the systemic inequities women experience in growing their businesses by providing access to the resources they need, that serve them.