Below is a round-up of some of the top sources of capital for entrepreneurs, and specifically for women entrepreneurs. From Incubators to Angels to VCs, these are organizations worth checking out to see if you fit their criteria.
Founded in 1999 in Silicon Valley, Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Astia offers programs for high-growth start-ups that deliver results.
DigitalUNndivided (DID) is a social enterprise that builds forward thinking initiatives that fundamentally change the digital space by increasing the number of Black and Latino women digital entrepreneurs.
Golden Seeds is an investment firm that pursues above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. Its angel network consisting of 250 men and women is the fourth largest in the US and was the third most active in terms of deals done in 2011. Its venture capital group of eight Managing Partners currently has two funds with $30 million under management and investments in 26 portfolio companies. The firm also provides training in angel and venture investing through an academy consisting of over 30 educational modules. Started in 2004 and headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston and San Francisco, the firm also has investor groups in Los Angeles and Dallas.
Investors’ Circle is the oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network worldwide. Hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices have joined us to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. IC has propelled $153 million plus $4 billion in follow-on investment into 255 enterprises and funds dedicated to improving the environment, education, health, and community.
Fund Isabella’s primary focus is on early stage, fast growth businesses that operate at the cutting edge of a market driven, technology based society.
Where most venture capital firms have financial or technical backgrounds, Fund Isabella brings the unique skill set of marketing and operations. The Fund’s founder is a proven entrepreneur with 17 years as a Procter & Gamble executive. By contributing intellectual and financial capital, Fund Isabella helps entrepreneurs build vibrant businesses and serves investors by delivering above-average industry returns.
Fund Isabella seeks entrepreneurial ventures with female leaders because we believe this to be an untapped market in the venture capital industry.
Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where influencers, investors and innovators meet to help women build ‘big businesses starting small’. Springboard sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led growth companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion.
Over 500 women-led companies have gone through Springboard’s accelerator programs; they have raised more than $5.6 billion in financing, have created tens of thousands of new jobs, and generate billions of dollars in annual revenues. More than 80% of Springboard companies are still in business, including 10 IPOs and many that are now the technology engines of publicly traded companies.
Techstars provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup, as well as intense mentorship from hundreds of the best entrepreneurs in the world.
“We offer seven Techstars programs in top startup locations (Boston, Boulder, Chicago, New York City, Seattle, London, and Cloud in San Antonio), on a regular schedule. We invest $118K in each company we fund through $18K in seed funding and an optional $100K convertible debt note.”
Funding innovation. Empowering entrepreneurs.
As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community’s preeminent trade association, NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites nearly 400 members through a full range of professional services.