Below are links to great organizations that not only offer sources of funding for women-led startups, but also access to advisors. Many of these are open to international startups. If you have a great idea, pitch it, regardless of where you live.
Before you pitch your idea…
If you are seriously looking to fund your business, have a plan and a pitch deck prepared. Here are the commonly asked questions your plan and pitch deck should cover:
- One sentence pitch and value proposition.
- Define the stage of your startup.
- Annual revenue.
- How much funding are you looking to raise?
- How will the funds be used? Show this in terms of milestones.
- Describe the market opportunity.
- Define the problem your product is solving.
- Describe your Go-To-Market strategy.
- List your competition.
- Describe your competitive advantage over your competition.
- Provide 3-to-5 year financial projections.
- Discuss previous funding received.
If you need help in developing your business plan (or individual parts like financial projections, marketing analysis, etc.), hire our team to help you nail it.
“Only 1% of venture-backed startup founders are black; Only 8% are female.”
20 funding opportunities for female entrepreneurs
- Goldenseeds (USA) – Early-stage investment firm with a focus on women leaders, creating lasting impact.
- Female Founders Fund (USA) – The Female Founders Fund invest in areas where women-led startups have significant impact, including e-commerce, web-enabled products and services, marketplaces and platforms.
- 500.co (USA) – Get connected with an empowering community, access to tools and advice and get funding in exchange for 6% equity and a monthly participation fee.
- BBG Ventures (USA) – BBG supports consumer and internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder. They support tools that simplify daily activities.
- Chloe Capital (USA) – Seed stage financial support for women-led tech companies.
- The refinery (USA) – Offers access to mentors, pitch programs and competitions to hone your skills. Sharpen your skills before connecting with their investors.
- Women’s startup lab (USA) – Offers an accelerator program with experienced advisors and funding opportunities.
- SoGalVentures (USA) – A female-led millennial venture capital firm.
- Xessential (USA) – Xessential is an incubator that female entrepreneurs rely on to support fast-track ideas.
- Sb.co (Australia)- Get access to investors, other innovators and influencers.
- Intel’s Capital fund in diversity (USA)- The group launched in 2015 and invests $125M in a wide range of companies to encourage diversity in business.
- The Jump Fund (USA) – Women-led startups can apply directly over the Proseeder platform.
- WBENC (USA)- WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.
- Halogen Ventures (USA) – LA based venture capital fund focused on female founded consumer technologies.
- Next Wave Impact (USA) – Offers seed stage capital to women led startups.
- Amber Grants for Women (USA) – Offers $1K grant to women-owned businesses. At the end of each year, one of 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $10,000. The application process is simple: explain your business, describe what you’d do with the grant money and pay a $7 application fee.
- Eileen Fisher Grant (USA) – The grant program supports innovative, women-owned companies that are beyond the start-up phase and ready to expand their business and their potential for positive social and environmental impact.
- Cartier’s Women’s Initiative Awards (USA) – Every year Cartier offers female leaders funding to growth their business. First prize funding is $100K and is offered to 7 entrepreneurs. Second price is $30K, offered to 14 finalists.
- Astia (USA) – The organization of angel investors looks for visionary companies at any stage, across all sectors. They review your application, conduct an analysis of the industry and determine viability.
- Pipeline Angels – Participate in the pitch summit event for a chance to get funded. Their focus lies on social and/or environment for-profit businesses residing in the US.
Regardless of the size of investment needed, one of the 20 sources of funding for women-led startups listed above may be able to fuel your startup.