Seeking Funding but Need Help Navigating the Landscape?

We’ll help you GET FUNDED, FASTER.

Entire class thumbnail ImageThe Double Digit Academy was created by CEO and experienced fundraiser Julia Pimsleur as a response to the statistic that only 4% of Venture Capital in the U.S. is invested in women-run businesses. Julia founded the Academy to help women “get further faster.” Double Digit Academy is a time-efficient and cost-effective way for women to secure Venture Capital and large Angel Rounds.

Did you know…

  • 30% of privately-held businesses in the U.S. are women-owned?
  • Yet, only 7% of venture capital invested in the U.S. goes to women-owned companies.
  • 3% of businesses in the U.S. generating over $1 million in revenues are women-run.
  • Women are starting new companies at twice the rate that men are.
  • Though women make up half the U.S. population and represent 46% of the workforce, they make up a small percentage of the investment community. Women comprise only 11% of partners at venture capital firms and less than 15% of angel investors.
  • Among start-ups, 8% of the founders are women.


Our next academy will be held on May 28, 2015. To register, please go to our application page.


“The Double Digit Academy was truly an inspiring experience. Julia provided useful, real world strategies and tactics to apply to the process of seeking and acquiring venture capital and early seed investment. Structured around collaborative learning sessions led by experienced entrepreneurs, communications experts, and investors, the workshop extended my business network, supplied me with solid advice and set forth a concrete plan to better position myself to the investor community.”
—Anna Pizarro, CEO of Roomscaper


Learn the ropes from seasoned professionals who
know how to set you up for success.

In this live, day-long intensive workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to prepare and have the right pitch
  • How to improve your chances of successful fundraising
  • Months of research presented in one day
  • Improved presentation skills
  • Ongoing peer-to-peer learning with other women entrepreneurs


Your Double Digit Academy Instructors:


JuliaJulia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language. Little Pim has won 25 awards and features the proprietary Entertainment Immersion

She has raised over $25M including $4.5M in Venture and Angel funding and $20M in philanthropic dollars. Julia created the Double Digit Academy as a forum to support and mentor women while helping drive the number of women-owned, VC-funded businesses into the “double digits”.

Public Speaking

Bill SmarttBill Smartt is the president of Smartt Talk Inc., and has led communication workshops and individual coaching sessions at General Assembly, Brooklyn Brainery, American Express, The Maestro Project at Sunshine Suites, Little Pim, Method, Planned Parenthood, Credit Suisse, Arc90, and Kindling Inc. He has experience in account management, software sales, project portfolio management, financial controlling, and as a software product specialist. Bill brings 20 years of experience to his role as communications coach having worked as a performer, teacher, writer and producer in San Francisco, Seattle and New York. Bill has a BA and MFA in Acting.


What prior attendees are saying about Double Digit Academy:

“Double Digit Academy is the perfect place for an entrepreneur to begin her fundraising journey. The academy is devoted to demystifying the fundraising process and giving you access to the tools needed to succeed. From public speaking to document preparation, the academy addresses every aspect of the process. I would highly recommend the academy as the first step to raising capital.”
—Coye Nokes, President & Creative Director of Coye Nokes


moos“Double Digit Academy provided incredible insight into the bravery, commitment, dedication and true passion it takes to not only start, but succeed as an entrepreneur. The course not only helped me get a better understanding of the fund raising process and the various steps and level of information that is necessary, it provided an open environment to engage with like-minded women entrepreneurs to talk about challenges, accomplishments and sharing of knowledge. We also had the opportunity to experience first hand the incredible impact a speaking coach can have on your presentation skills no matter how good (or weak) you are!”
—Kathryn Moos, Founder, CEO VROU


RobinYoung“Attending Double Digit Academy was transformational. I have such clarity around raising venture capital and angel investment and for that I am deeply grateful. If you need capital for your business, then you need Julia Pimsleur and the Double Digit Academy! This workshop is packed with the tangible and intangible roadmap to cash and to help you answer the proverbial question – do you want to have the big slice of a small pie or a small slice of a big pie? My investment into this class saved me months of knocking on the wrong doors with the wrong pitch. As an added bonus, I have a community of women who understand my plight and goals and who will be my buddies on this journey.”
—Robin Young, CEO, Women Behaving Wealthy


Get Trained. Get Ahead. Get the money.

Click here to see a Sample Agenda from past Academies.