Retreats

The Doyenne Retreat is a multi-day, strategic planning workshop for women-led startups.


The next Doyenne Retreat is
Wednesday, May 17-Friday, May 19, 2017
at HotelRED in Madison, Wisconsin.

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2017 Doyenne Retreat Dates & Applications:

Are you striving to take your business to the next level…

  • Are you just launching?
  • Are you trying to grow your venture…maybe expand your offerings or enter new markets?
  • Is it time to pivot and take your venture in a new direction?
  • Ready to make the switch from “I Run the Company” to “I Lead the Company”
  • Deadline to Apply to Attend at the $300 rate is Friday, May 3

The Doyenne Retreat is a multi-day, strategic planning workshop for women-led startups. The Retreat is a opportunity for you and your team to escape the day-to-day routine and focus on developing your next strategic move.

This is a unique opportunity to focus on your development as entrepreneur, team member, CEO and your venture’s  future.  This is NOT a conference!  You and your team need to come prepared to work on your venture while you are here.  Please see the Doyenne Retreat schedule below.

At different points during the Doyenne Retreat, people from the entrepreneurial community will be visiting.  These will include entrepreneurs, representatives from accelerators and financing institutions in the area, and other supporters of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.  This is a fantastic chance to build your network.

In order to provide a personalized experience, we will be limiting participation to 10 women-led ventures. Once accepted, ventures can bring a team of up to 4 members (male and female) to the Doyenne Retreat.

The Doyenne Retreat is exclusively hosted at HotelRED in Madison. Reduced room rates are available for those coming from out of town as well.

The cost of the retreat for up to 4 team members is:

  • $300 for up to 4 team members
  • $150 student team
  • $150/each additional team member
  • $400 Late Registration
    Apply to Attend at the $300 rate is Friday, May 3

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Retreat Event Schedule:

Day 1:
6-8 PM-Doyenne Introduction & Individual Introductions
Prepping for the Pitch: details to be given at the event to prepare you for your audience during the
event and how to pitch to them
Day 2:

     9:00 AM-Breakfast & Pitches
Express Feedback of Pitch
Market Research VS. Marketing
     10:00 AM-Work time for Businesses
12:30-Lunch

     12:30 PM-Speaker about Getting Started: Identifying your MVP
     1:00-Work time for Businesses 
     2:00-5:00-Mentors meet and work with Businesses
     6:00-8:00- Evening Reception: families, public invitees, and sponsors can attend for cocktails and
hor dourves
Day 3:
9:00 AM-Breakfast & Business Check-In: How’s it going? Where can we help?
9:30-Creating an Actionable Plan: What are you going to do tomorrow? 6 months from now? 1 year from now? to get you towards your Big Goal
10:00-Work time for Businesses
12:00-Action Plan Presentations: Each business will present for <5 minutes about what they’re going to do to
move them towards their Big Goal
2:00-Conclusion of Event

Cancellation Policy:
-If not selected to participate in the Retreat you will be refunded your payment.
-If you are selected and withdraw from attending within 8-14 days of the start of Retreat you will refunded 50% of your payment.
-If you are selected and withdraw from attending within 7 days of the start of the Retreat or fail to show you will not be refunded any of your payment.

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Past Retreat Attendees:

  • FinePoint Consulting
  • AMRI Counseling
  • Earth Stew
  • New Media Victory
  • Local Thyme
  • Maes Consulting (2 time attendee)
  • Sun Elements/Green Chemistry
  • Kosmeticos
  • Serving Earth
  • Goltune News
  • Karner Blue Candle & Supply
  • Ranger Inc.
  • FillMyRecipe
  • UnPlugged Events
  • Growing Interactions
  • Shenanigans
  • Health Rx
  • Murmuration
  • The Journey for Women
  • Allergy Amulet
  • DwellHop
  • Threshold
  • Ladies Clubhouse
  • Trilliyum Farms
  • ASAPk!ds
  • Blueprint Events
  • Broadstreet
  • Grasshopper Goods
  • Infamous Mothers (3 time attendee)
  • Posturally
  • Wisconsin Point of Sale
  • HyLife
  • P.A.W.S.
  • Everyday Creative Living
  • Primal Air
  • The Midwest Girl
  • Brown Rice & Honey
  • Sara
  • LifeBook

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