Seneca VC


An online training & mentoring program for the next generation of founders

Deadline to apply is on May 2, 2019 at 12pm PT.


Some of the thought leaders and esteemed speakers supporting the Seneca community



What You’ll Get at Seneca Advance

  • Learn product development from the top Lean Startup experts in the world

  • Seneca VC partners provide hands-on support as your faculty

  • Selected topics to make sure you’re ready to raise your first funding

Bonuses for Our Inaugural Cohort (Starting May 3)

  • 30 minute mentoring session from Eric Ries

  • Opportunity to pitch at the Founders + Funders’ Startup Showcase, presented by Seneca VC & Women 2.0, on May 31st in San Francisco. Get tickets to the Startup Showcase here.

  • Guest speakers every week to give you more insight and inspiration


Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

Founder Lessons

We aim to identify founders who have traveled great distances (figuratively speaking) and equip them with the resources they need to take their dreams even further. Building on our many years practicing and teaching the Lean Startup methodology, Seneca Advance teaches you how to:

  • Build enduring products

  • Evaluate the addressable market

  • Sell your vision

Our curriculum includes:

  • Lean Startup Basics: Assumptions & Experiments

  • The Psychology of Confidence

  • Influence Mapping

  • Persuasive Communication

  • Market Sizing

  • Momentum & Traction

Our speakers include:

Lessons will be taught for 1.5 hours each week over live video. You will be assigned homework due the following week, and we’ll provide supplementary video materials and other resources.

Community & Network

Being part of a supportive community and building a network is invaluable to early stage founders. Over the 8 weeks, we will host in-person and online events for founders and investors to meet and build relationships.

Our cohort will get access to a Slack channel where they can share resources and advice with other founders in real-time.

As an added benefit, participants will get the opportunity to attend and pitch at our Startup Showcase session at Founders + Funders conference, presented by Seneca VC & Women 2.0, in San Francisco, CA on May 31, 2019.

Seneca Advance is designed for inclusion and equity. We’re committed to at least 50% women in our cohort and guest speakers.


Mentorship is one of the most requested support that founders ask for. Each startup team will get paired with one Seneca VC partner and a product mentor specific to their challenges.


Deadline to apply is on May 2, 2019 at 12pm PT.



1) What’s the cost to participate?

The standard fee to participate in Seneca Advance is $995 per startup. We're discounting the rate to $495 for this inaugural cohort.

2) Are the sessions really all virtual? Do I need to attend each one?

Yes, all the classes will be held every Friday 10-11:30am PT via Zoom, starting on May 3 through June 28, 2019. We require that each startup attends a minimum of 7 sessions over the 8 weeks. The deadline to apply is on Thursday, May 2 at 12pm PT. We will approve and prioritize applications as they come in — we urge you to apply sooner rather than later.

3) How many hours do I need to commit per week?

We estimate ~4 hours/week in total. The weekly video sessions are 1.5 hours long, and the homework assignments and pre-work take about 2.5 hours. Like most things in life, the more effort you put into it, the better results you will get.