50 Sources Of Funding For Women Entrepreneurs

Melinda Briana Epler
Written by Melinda Briana Epler

Access to capital is a real problem for women and all underrepresented entrepreneurs. Capital just doesn’t flow well (yet) to those who often need it most to grow great ideas into healthy companies.

As I’ve built Change Catalyst over the last couple of years, I’ve tried to keep track of the many resources I encounter for women entrepreneurs. I hope that by sharing my list, it will help a few of you find the capital you’re seeking.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of capital resources for women entrepreneurs. Know another one? Please let me know.

This article was written by Melinda Briana Epler, founder and CEO of Change Catalyst.

The original article appeared on Medium.

Investors

Angel Networks, Syndicates, VCs & Other Resources:

  1. 37 Angels
  2. 500 Women 500 Startups’ Angelist syndicate investing in women founders
  3. Angel Academe
  4. Aspect Ventures
  5. Astia Angels
  6. BBG Ventures
  7. Belle Capital Early-stage angel fund focusing on underserved capital markets
  8. Broadway Angels women investing in both male and female-led teams
  9. Canaan Partners
  10. Catalytic Women Impact + Gender lens + investment
  11. Ceres Venture Fund All-women venture fund in Chicago, invests in early stage ventures in mid-west
  12. Cowboy Ventures
  13. Empire Angels
  14. Forerunner Ventures
  15. Founders Fund
  16. Global Fund for Women
  17. Global InvestHer Growing women leaders in corporations, investing in women entrepreneurs
  18. Golden Seeds
  19. Illuminate Ventures Founded by Springboard alumna Cindy Padnos
  20. The JumpFund
  21. Launch Angels Early-stage firm investing in companies sourced through equity crowdfunding sites
  22. Phenomenelle early stage fund that invests in women and minority owned or managed businesses in Wisconsin and the Midwest
  23. Plum Alley
  24. Pipeline Fellowship angel investing bootcamp for women, focused on investing in women social entrepreneurs
  25. Pique Ventures
  26. Portfolia
  27. Scale Investors
  28. Scale Ventures
  29. The Smart Party Online crowdfunding for women startups in Birmingham, Alabama.
  30. Springboard Fund invest in women-led high growth businesses, starting with Springboard alumnae
  31. Starvest Partners
  32. Tory Burch Foundation micro-loans for women entrepreneurs
  33. Topstone Angels
  34. Wedu Investing in women leading change
  35. Women’s Capital Connection regional angel fund investing in women-led companies surrounding Kansas City
  36. Women’s Earth Alliance
  37. Women’s Funding Network
  38. Women’s Foundation of California Grants
  39. Women’s Global Connection
  40. Women Investing In Women
  41. Women in Venture LA
  42. Women’s Venture Capital Fund Small fund focused on west-coast digital media and sustainability companies led by women
  43. X Squared Angels angels in Ohio investing in companies with women in senior leadership

A List of Lists

Other lists that include great resources for women founders:

Accelerators for women

Check out my earlier “List of Accelerators for Women.”

Know other resources? Please let me know.

This list originally appeared on Medium. It was reposted here with the author’s permission.

You can reach Melinda Briana Epler, founder and CEO of Change Catalyst on Twitter or Facebook.

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About Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda Briana Epler has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs, mature social enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, she empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through events, education, mentorship and funding. Through Tech Inclusion, an initiative of Change Catalyst, she partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together. Her work spans the tech ecosystem from education to workplace, entrepreneurship and policy. Melinda speaks, mentors and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, social entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs and investing. She is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has worked on several TV shows including NBC’s "The West Wing."

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