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Who Should Apply?

Are you...

  • A women-led company

  • Targeting a massive market in any vertical

  • With an early stage product

  • On a clear path to revenue

  • Gearing up to fundraise within 6-12 months

We are now accepting applications for NYC Cohort I that will run from June through November 2017.  Submit your application below.  Applications will close on May 5th, 2017.


Program Perks

Strip away the unnecessary. Focus on action. GET FUNDED.


The Monarq Incubator provides you with all the workspace, resources, mentorship and introductions you need to raise your next round. 


*During program for up to 2 team members


  • We Take ZERO Equity for Participating in the Program

  • Post Demo Day Opportunity to Receive

    • $25K Investment by GroundUp*

    • $15K Legal Prize from EGS

  • Demo Day Opportunity to Pitch Curated Active Investors & Press  

  • Inside Access to Monarq's Network of Top Diversity Focused Investors


*Terms of note to be negotiated


  • Investor Mentors With a Track Record of Funding Women-led Startups

  • Industry Experts Matched to Your Specific Industry & Stage

  • Press Mentors to Craft Your Story & Get Published

  • Finance Mentors for Pitch & Fundraising Documents Review 

  • Guaranteed Spot at 1 Advisory Matching Event The Point 25 Initiative 


  • Mastermind Sessions w/ Actionable Milestones Specific to your Company

  • Only the Most High Potential Women-led Companies are Selected to be a Part of Your Cohort 

  • Honest Insights from Successful Female Founders In the Monarq Community Who Raised Money

  • Network of Experts & Capital Sources for Follow-on Support for Your Fundraise


Applications open
(Please refer to our FAQs for any questions)


Applications close and the selection process begins


The Monarq Incubator program begins


Demo Day 2017


A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained. 


The Call List

Amanda Patterson, NYC

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Melanie Elturk & Ahmed Zedan, NYC

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Do you believe in supporting the next generation of businesses solving diverse problems? 

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Founder of Unbound

I attended the #MentHERnyc event and was hand matched with a senior female investor. One year later, she's our lead mentor at our current accelerator and a key advisor to our company. I have Irene and Diana to thank for their ability to match entreprenuers with leaders who will champion female led businesses for the right reasons.


Co-Founder of Stylemuse

I came to #SheHacksNYC with an idea and left with a co-founder and the foundation for my startup. The hackathon was not only inspirational as an aspiring female founder, but it was helpful in real, tangible ways. The talent of the participants and the advice from the mentors and judges has been crucial to where our business is over one year later.


While partnering with Diana and Irene on #MentHERnyc, I saw firsthand how dedicated they are to empowering women entrepreneurs. Through their intelligence, creativity and persistence, they are constantly innovating and finding new ways to support female-led startups. Their pursuit of excellence is outstanding, and I am proud to continue to collaborate with them in their initiatives.


"GroundUp is partnering with Monarq to further our mission of empowering diverse founding teams. We are excited to put our money where our mouth is (literally!) by providing seed funding to an extraordinary company in the Monarq Incubator that we believe exemplifies the spirit of true entrepreneurship - innovation, business savvy,  hard work and resourcefulness. Like Monarq, we don’t just talk about empowerment, we take an active role in changing the status quo." 

"Peanut butter and jelly. Coffee and mornings. Grind and Monarq. Some things just make sense together. Grind is partnering with Monarq to continue its commitment to gender diversity and equality in the workplace, and cultivate a space for women-led startups to succeed. Monarq's track record battling gender bias, building diverse networks, and bolstering female entrepreneurs make Grind and Monarq a perfect match." 



High up on the summit of a tropical mountain in Borneo, Malaysia the first seeds of Monarq were planted. Meet Diana Murakhovskaya and Irene Ryabaya, two passionate and adventurous women who decided on a backpacking trip to trade their desk jobs on Wall Street for a chance to build a company that improved the lives of women.


During their first entrepreneurial experience creating a friendship iPhone app for women, the duo experienced firsthand the many challenges that female founders face. As their network in NYC grew through high impact events, Diana and Irene realized that their expertise lies in creating programs for women-led companies to access funding and resources. Now more than ever, these ladies are determined to create opportunities for more women to start, grow, and fund their businesses! 

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