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For Women Entrepreneurs or Investors

The following organizations are specifically focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and the women who mentor and invest in them.

37 Angels
4-month NYC bootcamp that teaches women the art of angel investing through workshops and case studies.  he training cohort invests $50K in exchange for equity ownership​ and an observatory board seat. The program's resulting angel network, which will grow with every cohort, also has the opportunity to invest. 

Alley to the Valley **
Community of the world’s most influential women in venture, entrepreneurship, business, politics, and media.

Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Executives
Exclusive national network for women entrepreneurs and executives.

astarteventures **
Astarte Ventures is the first venture fund dedicated exclusively to the health and wellbeing of women and children, with a primary focus on early intervention and prevention measures. Their investment strategy has a clearly defined core - women ages 25 to 65 with discretionary income - they are the influencers or customers of health-related decisions and care.

Astia **
Funding, growth and leadership for exceptional entrepreneurs.

Beehive Holdings
Beehive Holdings is an angel fund focused primarily in seed to Series A investing with a sweet spot to support diversified teams. The companies they invest in address challenges and opportunities associated with products and services that are mostly used by women. Beehive Holdings is passionately committed to the success of their entrepreneurs and brings a sought after network of accomplished industry leaders. 

Belle Capital
Early stage angel fund focused on building great companies in Michigan and other, underserved geographic regions in the Midwest and South. Belle looks for capital efficient companies with a unique product or service filling an urgent market need, targetong the mobile/internet/IT, technology-enabled services, life sciences/medical devices, advanced manufacturing and CleanTech market sectors.

Cartier Women's Initiative Award
International business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.  To be considered for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, a project must be an original for-profit business creation in the initial phase (1-3 years old) led by a woman.

A Southern California-based full-service marketing consultancy, incubator, and growth accelerator designed to put businesses on a path to profitability. With a special emphasis on “chicks” or women-led organizations and products for the female market, the services are ideal for entrepreneurs, inventors, and startups that need some wings to propel them upward.  

Circular Summit
Circular Summit is an invitation-only event for high-growth women entrepreneurs with attractive, scalable business models. This select group of esteemed female founders will be joined by mentors, media, investors and experts from across the country during the two-day Summit, held April 14-15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. 

Global crowdfunding platform dedicated and geared specifically towards women, where everybody can help change a life of a woman by donating funds, professional advice, free time or just supportive kind words directly to her. 

Dell Women Entrepreneuer's Network **
Hosts annual June event spotlights female entrepreneurial success and ongoing community.

E&Y Entrepreneurial Winning Women
In its fifth year, the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program is a national competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.

FORTUNE Most Powerful Women - Emerging Entrepreneurs
Each year, Fortune recognizes 10 female entrepreneurs who are outstanding game changers, groundbreakers, and innovators. 2009-2012 winners listed in this link. 

Founder Institute: Female Founder Fellowship Program
16% of the Founder Institute's 250+ graduated technology companies are founded by females. The Institute is currently on pace to graduate over 600 companies in 2011 across our 17 locations - if we double our percentage of female founders to 30%, we will graduate 175 female tech founders in 2011.

Founding Moms
Real, live and local monthly meeting where mom entrepreneurs can exchange, connect and learn from one another.

girldevelopit (gdi)
Helping women learn how to ship awesome software. 

Girl Geek Dinners
Girl Geek Dinners is a community group that creates and runs events around the world for women who class themselves as geeky. The aim of these events are to break down stereotypes, inspire and encourage those in the industry to stay there and bring in new blood into the industry.

Glassbreakers **
A peer mentorship community for professional women. Glassbreakers matches women in tech (product managers, software engineers, data scientists, and so on) with peer mentors.

Guiding Women Entrepreneurs
Ventureneer has pulled together information women entrepreneurs can use to power-up their businesses; provide hand-holding when needed; and analysis to clarify options. Content is drawn from top-notch sources, from Forbes to Women 2.0,  from Inc. to the Kauffman Foundation and includes insight’s from Ventureneer’s president, Geri Stengel.

Golden Seeds
An investment firm dedicated to delivering above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them.

hack 'n jill
Wants to change the conversation about women in tech. We believe that women are committed and passionate technologists and that diverse teams make better products. First hackathon to be held with 50 men and 50 women in NYC June 15-16.

L'Oréal NEXT Generation Awards
Identifies and provides opportunities for women leading technology companies that have the potential to shake-up the beauty industry. Our goal is to celebrate and to provide opportunities for women creating technology for our core female consumer. L'Oreal also has a new Experimental Testing Fund that invests in the latest digital technologies, digital pilot programs, incubation programs and large-scale corporate sponsorships.

Online, searchable database of everything from accelerator programs and incubators to learning opportunities and mentors to federal grant applications.

The Next Women
Online Women's Business Magazine and networking forum with a focus on startups and growing businesses led, founded or invested in by women. 

The Pink Ceiling
Founded in April 2016 by serial entrepreneur Cindy Whitehead, a unique all-women team formed to work alongside mission-driven companies with novel solutions for challenges affecting women. Businesses interested in working with Cindy and her team submit a "pink pitch" for consideration. Pitches aligned with the mission of The Pink Ceiling will be considered for investment and strategic support. Investments will be made if The Pink Ceiling team becomes an extension of the partner company working to bring their advance to market.

Pipeline Angels (f/k/a Pipeline Fellowship)
Trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education, mentoring and practice. Offers annual pitch events in each city; the winning entrepreneur receives a $50,000 investment. Companies must be at least co-owned and co-founded by a woman, have a for-profit legal structure, and have a social and/or environmental mission. Pipeline Angels has opened a call for applications for its spring 2016 signature programs in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, DC, Houston, Miami, NYC, and Philadelphia. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please see bootcamp and pitch summit schedules for due dates to apply.

Plum Alley
Discover the most exquisite products from female founded companies. Each week, Plum Alley features the story of one entrepreneur alongside a showcase of up to three hand-selected items. 

Portfolia  **
Portfolia is a collaborative investment platform designed for affluent women opinion leaders and consumers.  It lets them bring money and markets, through their social networks and buying power, providing a competitive advantage to the companies they want to see succeed in the marketplace.  

Project Eve **
Social media platform that connects women to the people and resources that can help them build successful, scalable ventures. Project Eve encourages female entrepreneurs to communicate, collaborate and share actionable solutions minus the sharp elbows.

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Accelerator
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator invests in early stage women led companies with a focus on technology, healthcare technology, and consumer products. Companies with a working product and some customers are preferred. Applications for the Fall 2016 class are open now; click here to apply.  Decisions will be made by the end of July 2016. The Fall 2016 class is from August 23 to November 09, 2016.

A Rising Tide by Susan Coleman and Alicia Robb
Pioneering book on the rise of women owned businesses identifies importance of differences in financing strategies.

Samaya Consulting
Under the direction of Stephanie Goodell, Samaya uses proven methodologies and a vast network of high-profile business leaders to ensure those connections are made profitably & efficiently. Stephanie wants to ensure that you & your company are leveraging relationships to your best advantage, by crafting connections & offering programs filled with compelling content, expert speakers & highly engaged participants. 

Springboard Enterprises **
Springboard is a highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women.Through their programs and initiatives they source, qualify, advise, showcase and support the most promising businesses seeking capital or partnerships for product development and expansion.

There are a disproportionate number of women and minorities in leading or supporting roles within venture investment sized start-ups. We believe that minorities and women are an untapped resource of valuable innovation leadership.  Springworks, a San Francisco based organization, focuses on creating pathways for under-targeted groups to have a greater role in the innovation community.

Startup Princess
International network committed to empowering Women Entrepreneurs by offering resources for women in business to support, mentor, collaborate, learn from, and inspire one another.

VC/Angel Funding Femanomics **
Google Doc listing over 200 women VCs and angels. 

Watermark **
Offers inspiring programs, events, community and connections for women entrepreneurs and executives.

Women 2.0
Organization focused on the launch of technology startups with at least one female co-founder.


WomenCentric® is a hip directory and connection hub for women professionals, experts, authors, entrepreneurs, activists, speakers, artists and job seekers.  

Women Innovate Mobile
Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) is the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology. 

Women in Wireless
Organization that promotes and develops female leaders in mobile and digital media. 

Women President's Organization
Non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies.

WorldWideWomen **
Coming soon - The global directory and network for women. 

The sheer volume of resources available for women investors and entrepreneurs tells me that the next few years are going to be exciting ones for female founders. My hope is that this Investing in Women Infographic tells a very different story come 2015.  If a recent Dow Jones Venture Survey is correct, more female executives will drive start up success.

Women's Venture Capital Fund
Invests in women entrepreneurs. The Fund capitalizes on the intersection of the expanding pipeline of women founders and gender-diverse management teams who are creating capital efficient companies with stiletto high growth rates. We see this nexus offering epic opportunities for wealth creation.

There is also a map of the ecosystem supporting women-led tech companies is also available here thanks to Joshua Henderson's efforts.

** Personal involvement or connection.