Funding Resources

  • 79 Studios: A Los Angeles based startup studio. Instead of teaching women and minorities to succeed in the current paradigm, their goal is to accelerate returns by building a new business ecosystem, tailored for their needs and highlighting their strengths.
  • AngelList: A platform that helps connect startups and investors.
  • Astia: An innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses.
  • BBG Ventures: An early stage fund focused on consumer internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder
  • Belle Capital USA: Early stage angel fund focused on building great companies in underserved capital markets
  • Bread and Buzz Angels: Early-stage venture focus
  • Built by Girls: Equipping Young Women to be Leaders in Tech
  • Central Texas Angel Network: Having invested $82.6 million in 142 companies since 2006, Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is significant source of early-stage capital to entrepreneurs from Texas and beyond. 22% of the angel network are women and they have funded multiple women-run companies and are highly receptive to women entrepreneurs.
  • Core Innovation Capital: Invest in financial products that support upward mobility for the everyday American
  • Corigin Ventures: Early-stage venture capital investors supporting founders who are impacting the future of consumer behavior and daily living
  • DigitalUNdivided: A social enterprise increasing the number of Black and Latino women digital entrepreneurs
  • Dorm Room Fund: Student-run venture firm that invests in student-run companies
  • F Cubed – Female Founders Fund: Invest in e-commerce, media, platforms, advertising, and web-enabled services
  • First Round Capital: Investing in early-stage startups
  • Freestyle Capital: Seed-stage investor and advisor for software start-ups
  • Golden Seeds: Investment firm that invests angel and venture capital in women entrepreneur-led companies
  • Google Ventures: Provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to companies in all sectors
  • Greycroft Partners: A Venture Capital firm that focuses on long term relationships between investors and entrepreneurs
  • Halogen Ventures: An early stage venture fund focused on female founded consumer technologies
  • High Line Venture Partners: Focuses on seed and early-stage investment in web, software, and finance products
  • Investors’ Circle: Large, early-stage impact investing network
  • Isabella Capital: Focus on early stage, fast growth businesses
  • The JumpFund: The JumpFund’s mission is to invest women’s capital in female-led companies in the Southeast with growth potential in order to generate a strong financial return and elevate the role of women in business.
  • LMN VC: LMN Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs who are focused on creating ground-breaking businesses that are clean, green, health, wellness, fitness or education-oriented.
  • Lucas Point Ventures: A seed and early stage investment and advisory company
  • Mergelane: Invests in women-led companies
  • Moderne Ventures: Moderne is an early stage venture fund investing in technology companies that are innovating within real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance, and home services.
  • National Venture Capital Association: Trade association representing the venture capital industry
  • Pipeline Angels: Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors, is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.
  • SheEO: SheEO mentors, guides and accelerates the next generation of women-led ventures
  • Sofia Fund: Investing in exceptional, women-led growth businesses
  • SoGal Ventures: The first female-led millennial venture capital fund investing in diverse entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Asia
  • Springboard Enterprises: Coaches, showcases and supports women-led growth companies seeking equity capital
  • Techstars: Techstars provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms
  • Texas Women Ventures: Aims to help women-led companies in Texas and the Southwest
  • Valor Ventures: Valor Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their first fund, V.1, invests in SaaS startups.
  • Vinetta Project: An ecosystem of investors, entrepreneurs, founders & service providers
  • Women 2.0: Creates content, community and events for aspiring and current innovators in technology
  • Women’s Venture Capital Fund: Creating capital efficient, high growth companies in digital media and sustainable products and services.

 

Accelerators For Women

  • Avion (San Francisco): This new “pre-accelerator” focuses on Latinas in the tech sector.
  • Bad Girl Ventures (Cincinnati, Cleveland): This non-profit has a heavy emphasis on education and mentoring.
  • Circular Board: A collaborative accelerator for growth-oriented female entrepreneurs who lead, or aspire to build, businesses with multi-million dollar revenues
  • Equita (San Francisco): This tech-focused program offers seed capital and plans to open a location on the East Coast soon.
  • Hera Labs (San Diego): Very early stage companies can develop in this program’s idea and marketing labs to test their models.
  • Merge Lane (Boulder): This low-residency program for women across industries has financial incentives on par with leading accelerators, up to $100,000.
  • Prosper (St. Louis): A low-residency program with a focus on tech, health care and consumer products companies and that makes $50,00o equity investment.
  • The Refinery (Westport, CT): A 12-week, mentor-driven program in the New York City suburbs.
  • Springboard Enterprises (Washington, DC): The pioneering program, founded in 2000, with a wide range of programming including a health care innovation lab in 2016.
  • Upstart Accelerator (Memphis): For tech companies, a program that includes focus on target customers and a $25,000 investment.
  • Women’s Startup Lab (Silicon Valley): A non-traditional accelerator providing education and networking, based on the Japanese concept of “hito,” or human.

 

Advice on Pitching

  • Tell the story from today and going forward – do not focus on the past (that is not interesting to investors). I like the timeline slide, but when telling your story only mention the past and learnings from it. Then, focus heavily on road ahead and how it is REALLY BIG and exciting.
  • Investors are constantly asking themselves “How am I going to make money on this if I write a check?” Your deck should let them dream. Tell them that you don’t have all the answers, but here is what I do know/have learned and I am really excited to build this company, and I believe this is a $1B opportunity.
  • Logos on team page are always good – talk up the team a lot – you’re investing in people at end of day.
  • Simple financials
  • A good graphic designer, a strong story, and great outfits = confidence that works for you.
  • Fake it till you make it!
  • Here is the best link I have found on building a great deck.