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9 business funding opportunities for women, by women

In observance of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the many ways we can influence cultural behavior toward gender equality as a standard and societal norm, specifically for female business builders, who make up nearly 40% of the global workforce.

Research shows that unfortunately, female entrepreneurs are faced with more discrimination factors than men. Recent data shows that only 2% of business funding into US start-ups went to women-run businesses in 2017. Venture capitalists invested $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders in 2016, while women received just $1.46 billion in venture capital money in 2017, according to data from M&A, private equity, and venture capital database PitchBook.

As we celebrate today and a future of equality across the globe, here’s to shedding a light on women leading the balance in representation on both sides of angel investing and venture capital.

Astia Angels

An international network of investors (female and male) who invest in women-led ventures. Since 2013, the group has invested nearly $16 million into 47 companies with women in positions of equity and influence.
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Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

International business plan competition created in 2006 to identify, support, and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. The top six winners receive $100,000 and 1:1 business coaching, and 12 finalists receive $30,000 each year.
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BBG – Built by Girls Ventures

BBG ventures invests in growing businesses with at least one female founder. Their portfolio includes Glam Squad, Rocksbox, and Spoon University.
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Female Founders Fund

Aimed at supporting female founders with disruptive and innovative ideas in e-commerce and for web-enabled products, services, marketplaces and platforms.
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Golden Seeds

An organization of 275 angel investors, venture capital funds and a knowledge institute all aimed at increasing the number of women entrepreneurs receiving start-up capital.
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Halogen Ventures

A venture capital fund co-founded by Jesse Draper, a 4th-generation venture capitalist. Funds support female-founded consumer technologies.
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Intel Capital Diversity Fund

As part of their diversity initiative, Intel has committed to invest $125 million in businesses led by women and underrepresented minorities. In 2015, this expanded to include entrepreneurs in the LGBTQ community. Email with interest.

Pipeline Angels

Since its launch in 2011, Pipeline Angels has graduated 200 members from its angel investor boot camp and has invested more than $4 million in women-led social enterprises.
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Springboard Enterprises

Led by women, Springboard is a highly-vetted network of innovators, investors and influencers who help qualify, advise, showcase, and support business seeking capital or partnership for product development and expansion. More information

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