Women Startup and Funding Info

37 Angels: 37 Angels activates the untapped capital and experience women can bring to investing in male and female-led ventures.

500 Women:  Funding Flawless Female Founders

Astia:  Network that offers access to capital and training/support for women entrepreneurs

Cartier Women’s Initiative:  International business plan competition for women entrepreneurs

Digital Undivided:  Programming focused on Black and Latino women founding tech companies

Double Digit Academy:  Training & workshops for women looking to raise venture capital

FastTrac NewVenture:  Workshops that helps women turn their business idea into reality

Golden Seeds:  Angel investor network and fund investing in women entrepreneurs

In Good Company:  Co-working space for women entrepreneurs

Lioness:  Digital magazine for female entrepreneurs

Own It Ventures:  Meet and market to Angel Investors, the Media, Retailers and Consumers

Pipeline Fellowship:  Women investors investing in women led social enterprises

Refinery:  Transforming women led startups into scaleable businesses

Springboard Enterprises:  Accelerator for women-led growth companies

WBENC:  Get certified (as >51% women owned) and have access to business opportunities

Women 2.0:  Content, community and conferences for women innovators in tech

Women’s Venture Capital Fund: Capitalizes on the expanding pipeline of women entrepreneurs leading gender diverse teams and creating capital efficient, high growth companies in digital media and sustainable products and services

Women’s Venture Fund:  Helps entrepreneurs through courses, counseling, credit and more

Facts and Stats

  • About 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups.
  • Women comprise only 11% of partners at venture capital firms and about 13% of angel investors.
  • Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68%, twice the growth rate for men and nearly one and a-half times the rate for all companies.
  • Women are starting approximately 1,288 companies each day, up from 602 in 2011-2012.
  • 11% of Silicon Valley executives are women.
  • In Silicon Valley 10% of directors are women and makeup 10% of committee members and 8% of committee chairs — which is 50% less than in the S&P 100.
  • 9% of women are named executive officers in both the Silicon Valley 150 and the S&P 100.

Organizations and Blogs

Black Girls Code: Provides  young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming.

BlogHer: In 2005 Elisa Camahort, Jory Des Jardins, and Lisa Stone responded to the often repeated question: “where all the women bloghers?”  Blogher was their answer, the largest online community of women bloghers to date.

Anita Borg Institute: This inspiring organization works to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women.

Feminist Approach to Technology: A not-for-profit organization based in New Delhi working towards empowering women through technology.

Girl Develop IT: An organization, certified by the Board of Education, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn how to code.

Geek Girl Blogs: A great blogging community for women working in IT.

Girls Who Code: A national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.

Linuxchix: Great network of women working in Linux.

NCWIT: The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic
institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women’s participation in information technology (IT).

National Women of Color Technology Conference: The conference recognizes the significant accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and attracts and leverages talent in innovative, professional, and technical positions.

NTEN: A member driven organization that aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. It’s lead by Women Who Tech advisory committee member Holly Ross.

Women2.0:  A SF bay area organization that aims to increase the number of young women entrepreneurs by encouraging women to work with and in the field of technology. Angela Byron’s blog about working in open source.

Systers: One of the world’s largest email communities of technical women in computing.

The Kauffman Foundation: Provides grant making on two areas — educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. They have great studies on the positive impact women CEO’s have on companies.