– to information, resources and capital –
often makes the difference in startup success.
We have curated a selection of links, templates and tools to get you closer to funding.
Women-Focused / Friendly Funds
Elizabeth Street Capital
Female Founders Fund
Hypatia Capital (later stage private equity)
Intel Capital Diversity Fund
Plum Alley Investments
The Vinetta Project
Women’s Venture Capital Fund
Accelerators / Incubators
Most cities now have a number of accelerators or incubators that offer seed funding (typically $20,000 to $100,000 depending on the program) plus office space, mentorship, and introductions to angel investors. Research accelerators in your city. “12 Top Accelerators for Women Entrepreneurs”
Angel Capital Association – Lists all angel investor groups by state.
Create a profile and connect with accredited investors
Equity Crowdfunding Platforms
Rewards-Based Crowdfunding Platforms
iFundWomen (for women-led companies only)
Lending Platforms & Institutions
Prosper (peer to peer lending)
Able Lending (for business owners)
National Association of Venture Capital (NVCA)
Sites for Women Entrepreneurs
ChicCEO – Online platform with limitless resources for starting and growing your business.
Hello Fearless – Online school for female entrepreneurs.
Pink51 – A platform to shop women-led companies that contributes a percentage of profits to charity.
Project Eve – Online resource that offers mentorship, networking and support to women entrepreneurs.
Plum Alley – Connects women entrepreneurs with markets, capital and advice, including a crowdfunding platform just for women entrepreneurs.
Springboard Enterprises – a highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women.
TrakLight – Protect your company’s IP with this online platform and community.
Women 2.0 – The must follow resource for the women in tech space, including their annual conference and pitch competition.
Women Founders Network – Hosts an annual Pitch Competition with cash prizes and mentorship.
Sites for Women Investors
37 Angels – Provides education and bootcamps for women angel investors.
Female Funders – On a mission to empower 1000 women to become angel investors.
Future Angel Investor Course – Learn how to become an angel investor with this free online course.
Golden Seeds – Angel investing training courses for women.
Pipeline Fellowship – An angel investing bootcamp for women.
Plum Alley Investments – Offers new and seasoned investors a way to invest in outstanding companies led by women entrepreneurs and gender diverse teams.
SheEO – A movement (in Canada) to get 1000 women to invest $1000 to create a fund to invest in women entrepreneurs.
Templates & Tools
LivePlan – Business planning software
Biz Plan Builder – Business plan software and other templates.
Score – Supported by the SBA, Score provides free mentorship, workshops, and templates for business plans and financial models.
GUST – Most U.S. angel groups use the online platform GUST to screen potential candidates for their programs. Create a profile on GUST and provide access to the groups you are applying to.