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
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
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.
Articles and Studies
Gender Diversity in Silicon Valley, By Fenwick and West
Women in IT: The Facts, By NCWIT
Cracking the Boys Club: 10 Pioneers in Tech and Web 2.0, By Allyson Kapin
Latina Entrepreneurs: Growing And Powerful, By Women2.0
Can Angels Help Women Shatter Glass Ceilings?, By Geri Stengel
Women in Technology: Hear Us Roar Series, By Tatiana Apandi
Women Who Risk: Making Women in Technology Visible, By Tara Hunt
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
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.
WebChick.net: 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.