The GUILD Academy
Launch Your Business
Silicon Valley Style
Are you ready to become a successful founder?
The GUILD Academy is for all you ladies out there who just need that extra push to make their ideas reality.
Imagine building your entrepreneurial confidence alongside an actual prototype you will launch within 12 weeks.
The GUILD Academy is the fast track towards launching your business and realizing your dreams.
The program takes you on a guided journey towards becoming a successful entrepreneur in 6 clear steps. Once you get these basics right, you will have the confidence to grow your business to the next level. We use the methodology of rapid prototyping proven to launch multi-billion dollar businesses in Silicon Valley. You will go through a number of iterations of your product or service within the scope of the program, without losing sight of self care.
The GUILD Academy is a 12 week - 12 module program. The core of each module is a 15min video session taught by a Silicon Valley expert and highly curated content to dive deeper. No Blah Blah! Every week you will have an assignment and we share an overview of what's to come
Ask Me Anything Sessions
After every step, there will be an AMA session to help you resolve any leftover questions you might have. These sessions will be guided by a GUILD team member and one of the experts. This is your chance to connect live with world-best experts and get your questions answered.
Tools & Workbook
Using tools and learning by doing are part of what it takes to efficiently build and manage your business. In each step, we will teach you how to use specific tools to launch your business. By the end of 12 weeks, you will be a prototyping MacGyver.
Peer support is one of the secrets on your journey to become a successful entrepreneur. By building this in as a part of your 12 weeks program, you already create the habit.
Every module will have an expert to help you get the basics right, but learning is so much more diverse. We will offer you a complimentary curated library with the best global content.
Join The Guild Membership
After graduation, you will be invited to join the Guild community platform and continue your development alongside awesome women across the globe.
We assembled some of Silicon Valley's finest and most reputable experts to share their top insights with you and give you feedback and advice. You will meet these experts either in the engaging 15min video segments each week, at live Ask Me Anything Sessions or at the virtual demo day at the end of the program.
15 entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business to Silicon Valley's leading investors at the virtual Demo Day.
The presenting companies will have a chance to win a grand prize of $20,000 in development hours offered by our partner Zazmic.
The GUILD Academy Team
Founder & CEO Impact Shakers
Yonca is the founder of Impact Shakers, a venture studio bridging the gap between profit and impact together with underrepresented founders. She is also the Head of Global Expansion at the GUILD and she is starting up new chapters all over Europe and Asia.
She is a connector and community builder with extensive experience in strategy and startup acceleration. As a mentor at SXSW, Slush Tokyo, General Assembly and startup programs across the globe, she guided many startups on their first steps abroad. She built out Watt Factory, a smart city hub in Ghent, Belgium, with an in-house acceleration program.
Yonca serves on the board of different non-profits and is the curator of TEDxGhent and the Techstars Startup Digest Reading List on Impact Entrepreneurship.
Serial Entrepreneur & Founder The Guild
Anne Cocquyt is a serial entrepreneur with a great passion for new ideas and helping people achieve their career goals and launch their dream businesses. Anne used to work for Fortune 500 companies in senior roles in innovation, oversaw international multi-million dollar projects in IT and switched multiple times in her career between corporate roles and entrepreneurial endeavors, small businesses and non-profit organization.
She mentors rapid prototyping classes at the University of San Francisco, business model innovation at CCA, startups at Singularity University, the German Accelerator and is on the advisory board of digital health startups. Anne also invested in a small product startup and sold the company. She is the founder of the GUILD, the global AI-powered networking platform for innovators and entrepreneurs.
What is Included?
Access to the online curriculum
Top Silicon Valley Experts
Weekly Planning Assistance
AMA Sessions with experts
Tools & Workbook
Virtual Demo Day with Top Investors
Hands-on support from the GUILD Academy team
A 3-month membership to The GUILD after graduation
$50k perks, prizes and discounts
495 $ Launch Price (Instead of $1,995)
Applications are open until Jan 1st 2020
Seats are extremely limited. We accept 50 candidates.
“I wanted to let you know that from the founder/funder session, I got to meet a VC and they are making an investment. Thanks so much.”
Founder & CEO RushTix
“Highly actionable sessions. Transformational experience with high quality content and the same incredible attendees of high caliber that I am matched with on the GUILD. I loved the diversity and relevance of every session.”
SERENDIPITY Unconference attendee 2019
“Through the GUILD online and offline connections I met entrepreneurs aligned with my investment thesis that I would have otherwise never met or invested in.”
Investor Aletta Angels
Is this program for you?
Are you passionate about starting your own successful business?
Are you ready to learn new exciting skills and connect with awesome women around the world?
Then this is for you!
What if I already launched my business?
Please have a look at our curriculum and check if you could benefit from the different modules. Our idea is, another iteration usually can't hurt, especially with all the extra support you can count on in the GUILD Academy!
What type of business idea can I apply with?
You can apply with any type of business idea which has a service or product to offer and is scalable beyond your home market. Whether it is building a wine tasting platform, a travel match-making service, a smart baby monitor or a digital diagnostics company. We help you iterate and test your ideas with "rapid prototyping" methodologies which is not suitable for opening a local restaurant or selling a product on an e-commerce store. If you have any doubts, please contact us at
What if I don't have an idea right now?
We built the Academy in a way that anyone wanting to learn the skills to rapid prototype a business can participate. If you don't have an idea with which you want to participate in the Academy, we will provide you with one. We will run you through the process of building a small online shop, or a travel club so you can learn all the skills you need to duplicate the process when you have your eureka moment and figure out your dream business, or maybe, you will figure it all out during the process.
Does it matter where I live in the world?
It does not matter! we will teach you the universal skills you need to launch a business. On top of that, you can learn from the women who built a successful business in the heart of entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley. You will learn from the best and apply the same methods in your region and country.
What if this timing doesn't fit my calendar?
We will launch new cohorts of our GUILD Academy in 2020. The launch price will only be applicable to this cohort.
This cohort will accept 50 founders globally. We will accept on a rolling basis, when you apply, you will be notified about your selection within 2 weeks of applying, so you can make arrangements accordingly. If we are at full capacity early, we will open up a waiting list for the next cohort.
What if I want to start a non-profit?
If you want to start a non-profit, you can definitely participate and benefit from learning the skills and the method we use in the program. The main difference between a for and non-profit business is the legal structure and where profits end up. As a non-profit you need to have a good product-market fit, a clear target audience and awesome marketing and fundraising strategy, just like any for-profit business. We will not cover non-profit specific topics but focus on validating your product or service idea as part of your non-profit.