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Frequently asked questions

Are there scholarships or assistance available?

Yes, a limited number of scholarship’s are available on an as-needed, first-come-first-serve basis. Please email Lizzie@furtherfaster.design for information and qualification criteria.

What is the application process for Ready-to-Raise?

Companies interested in participating in the bootcamp program must complete an application and interview call. Once companies have been accepted in the program, they must submit a 50% non refundable deposit to secure their spot and the remaining 50% must be submitted one week prior to the first session.

What does the Ready-to-Raise bootcamp cost?

The cost of this program is $5,000 but we are offering the program at a discounted rate for our first cohort at $3,600 per company. Each company can have up to two team members participate in the bootcamp, but the CEO must be an active participant.

Who is the Ready-to-Raise bootcamp for?

This workshop is ideal for companies led by first time founders, second time founders who haven’t raised capital previously, or second time founders who need a fundraising refresher. The teams are preparing to raise a pre-seed or seed round. They have an early product and have been working on their startup for at least six months.

When should I partner with you?

We typically work with pre-seed and seed stage companies because we specialize in product-market-fit. That being said, our process of deep research and fast prototyping is helpful for any stage company with a new idea.

At what point do you invest/ take equity?

We work with founders to match them with the right investors instead of the traditional Venture Studio model of building and funding our own companies. We stay off your cap table until you're ready to bring us on as advisors, or we participate in a SPV or syndicate deal.

How are you different from YC and Techstars?

We work in the trenches with you, early on, acting as interim product executives and co-founders. We’ll do the interviews and research with you, and build the essential habits and mindset of the best entrepreneurs. The only things we’ll do for you are the prototypes, UI/UX, and branding. Everything else you’ll be able to do on your own after our program.

What is your model?

First time entrepreneurs leveraging their success in other industries, as well as repeat founders, work with our team to validate their product and revenue models. We work alongside them to lay the foundations of their product, brand, and revenue theses at the base of their company. The founder typically invests between 3-6 months with us. Our time together yields a product, brand, and revenue model that is ready to be developed or funded.

Who do you work with?

We work with a small number of companies every year. Our founders have a deep expertise in a problem area and are often at the beginning, or at a crossroads, in their entrepreneurial journey. The strongest founders we work with have a willingness to change, mastery of executive habits, and consider themselves lifelong learners.

Why is design important

Dozens and dozens of leading companies today prioritize design, not because it's clearly lucrative, but because it's expected. Good design is table stakes these days the quick answer is: design thinking, design sprints, and prototyping are the best ways to uncover novel strategies and remain competitive.

The art

Ellie Bahrmasel has been described as a "civic catalyst" for her ability to galvanize people around issues. She works tirelessly for women's rights and education. She co-founded the PowerPump Salon, recently recognized by Sheryl Sandberg for

its efforts to empower and advance women from all industries. She recently worked as senior specialist of external affairs for Comcast and spent three years prior working for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including in his office as project manager for the chief operating officer. Emanuel, including in his office as project manager for the chief operating officer.

Co-creating takes experience.

If external affairs for Comcast and spent three years prior working for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including in his office as project manager for the chief operating officer.