Available December 2021

Author Anne Cocquyt breaks down the process of launching a business in bite-sized steps and explains how to implement the latest methodologies pioneered by Stanford, University of San Francisco, Berkeley, Y-Combinator, IDEO, and the GUILD Academy to rapidly test ideas, target markets, and sustainable business models.


The book is full of examples from the author’s own entrepreneurial journey across industries and continents and insider stories from entrepreneurs who have graduated from the GUILD Academy in Silicon Valley and beyond.


Each chapter includes practical exercises and links to checklists and templates for the reader to take action. 


- no student loans required -

“DARE TO LAUNCH - miniMBA for First Time Entrepreneurs” is an entrepreneurship essential that puts you in the driver seat of your business and motivates you to step it up and gain an unfair advantage when launching your business.


No matter if you are setting out to build a billion-dollar Silicon Valley startup or a legacy family business, we all start at the same point: With an idea and a big vision.


This book is a fun, easy to implement step-by-step guide for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to launch their dream business, create value for their customers and learn from diverse entrepreneurs who have just been there, done that.


Unlike many other entrepreneurship high level how-to guides, this book takes a fresh look at the definitions of success and offers new actionable ways to design your business with practical templates, exercises and with the mindset of designing for maximum happiness for all shareholders in your company - including you.


Be ready to answer tough questions about your core values, what kind of business you want to build, which funding options you would consider, what success looks like, what you suck at, and how much money you really need to build the thriving business of your dreams. 


This book is based on the many lessons Anne taught in the GUILD Academy which is a best-in-class entrepreneurship program she launched in 2020.

Available December 2021

At the GUILD, we developed an 8-week entrepreneurship program, which has been dubbed "mini-MBA" for first-time female entrepreneurs.

It's a best-in-class program that enables entrepreneurs launch their business with the support of 40 entrepreneurship experts, the help of their peers as well as the program host Anne Cocquyt and guest speakers.

More than 150 entrepreneurs graduated from the program and have gone on to raise funding, get paying customers and hire teams. Check the program website for testimonials from our founders.

Unlike other programs, the GUILD Academy takes busy schedules of female entrepreneurs into account. We offer self-care and mindset exercises that have proven to help underrepresented entrepreneurs tackle challenges unique to them.

We put together a library of guides, checklists, and templates that are tailored to early-stage entrepreneurs.

The participants pitch at the end of the program at our startup showcase with investors.

The book "Dare To Launch" summarizes the steps in the program that has already helped many entrepreneurs launch their dream business and find success.

The GUILD Academy Experts

The GUILD Academy Curriculum, Videos and Live Sessions

Workbook with practical exercises

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A note from our founder:

Now more than ever, the world needs your ideas and the solutions you create to solve problems for your future customers.

That's why I wrote this book and we created the 8-week GUILD Academy program to help more female entrepreneurs and underrepresented founders launch their own businesses and raise funding.

All proceeds from the book go towards scholarships for the GUILD academy program for founders who cannot afford the tuition.

Anne Cocquyt

Available December 2021



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