GCT’s goal has always been to create a single point of density of the very best entrepreneurs, working on the biggest problems, by offering the best resources at the best terms — a full year, access to a tremendous community, global investors, in house recruiters while charging no equity and taking no rent.
In our first two classes, we’ve been fortunate to receive thousands of applications, which resulted in 37 of the most impressive companies joining our community. Of these 37 companies, we’re proud that 50% of our founders are women. We’ve achieved this statistic while maintaining incredibly high standards of selectivity. The challenge GCT has put forward to build a better, more inclusive tech community in New York is resonating, it is working, and we want to continue to drive these results.
This is a different kind of conference. No one ever seems to have time for anything, let alone daylong conferences. We’re not throwing this to make money (it’s FREE for all attendees); we’re throwing it to help connect the best of the tech ecosystem for a fun, useful and actually productive day. We’re especially excited to announce that our friend, Kara Swisher, will be joining as Master of Ceremonies for the day. Applications are open through September 30th, and you can learn more about the unique format and philosophy here.
The experience of these first two classes of GCT has revealed clear and resounding insights into the needs of a female founder, which informs the philosophy and format of The GCT 2X in Tech Conference:
1. Female founders are founders. Period. Routinely qualifying such founders as “female founders” can serve to diminish or even just unnecessarily qualify the obstacles and the successes of building a world-class startup.
2. …but female founders are female. And we want to play a role in connecting them to each other, build mechanisms to encourage more entry into the field and help create a strong and growing community.
With the 2X in Tech conference, GCT hopes to honor this duality by executing on an afternoon of programming that will provide hands-on learning, meaningful networking, and idea sharing without harping on any of the tired, often counter-productive tropes of being a woman in tech. Think of it as one of the best tech conferences you’ve ever attended… that just so happens to have men in the severe minority for a change.
We’re grateful to our founders, corporate partners and venture partners for joining us on this awesome event. Apply here.