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Funding and Loans That Target Women-Owned Businesses

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Funding and Loans That Target Women-Owned Businesses

Prompted by a question from one of our members in the forum last week, I finally got around to assembling a list of funding sources specifically targeted at women-owned businesses. The list below is by no means definitive. I know I’ve missed some; many of these programs are extremely regional. If you don’t see an organization that should be there please make note of it in the comments section. In a week or so I’ll add it to the list and post it in a new financial resources page in the Learn tab. –We’ll keep updating the list too so if you have an update on any of these firms or new ones to add please let us know so we can keep it fresh!

I’ve broken the list down in three categories Angel, Seed, & Venture Capital, Loans, and Accelerators & Incubators. The firms listed are in no particular order. For each organization there is a brief description in their own words and a link to their website where you can learn more about their funding criteria.

Funding Sources that Target Women-Owned Businesses

 

Angel, Seed & Venture Capital

Golden Seeds and Golden Ventures

http://www.goldenseeds.com/

“Golden Seeds is an investment firm that is dedicated to delivering above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them.”

Women’s Venture Capital Fund

http://www.womensvcfund.com/

“We invest 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.”

Phenomenelle Angels

http://www.phenomenelleangels.com/

“Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LP is an early stage fund that invests in women and minority owned or managed businesses in Wisconsin and the Midwest.”

Springboard Enterprises

http://www.springboardenterprises.org/about

“Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses. Springboard educates, sources, coaches, showcases and supports high growth companies seeking equity capital for expansion.”

Illuminate Ventures

http://www.illuminate.com/

“Illuminate Ventures is different – we don’t rely on “pattern recognition” or following the herd.  We seek new and innovative business ideas led by committed, talented and diverse teams, particularly those that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs.  We recognize that great investment opportunities come in a variety of packages - sometimes looking a bit different from the norm.” 

Ceres Venture Fund

http://www.ceresventurefund.com/index.php

“Ceres Venture Fund, L.P. is an established Chicago-based venture capital fund dedicated to funding high growth companies located in the Midwest in their early stages of growth.”

BELLE Capital

http://www.bellevc.com/

“BELLE Capital, LP is an early stage angel fund focused on building great companies in Michigan and other, underserved geographic regions in the Midwest and South.”

One for Women Kansas City

http://www.onekcforwomen.com/wcc/

“The Women’s Capital Connection officially launched in January, 2008 with 32 founding investors committed to investing in women-led ventures in our region.  Since 2008, 47 women investors have been involved in supporting angel investing.”

Loan Programs

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

http://www.sba.gov/content/contracting-opportunities-women-owned-small-businesses

On October 7, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule effective February 4, 2011, aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible: Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)”

Opportunity Fund

http://www.opportunityfund.org/

“Opportunity Fund is the largest non-profit microfinance lender in California helping small businesses throughout the Bay Area since 1995. We have invested over $200 million locally, including over 1,700 loans totaling $19.5 million to business owners like you.”

Women’s Venture Fund

http://www.wvf-ny.org/Business-Loans/

“Our mission: Small business loans for women entrepreneurs. Obtaining small business financing isn’t easy – and getting small business loans for women can be more challenging still. Women’s Venture Fund understands. That’s why our mission is to help women entrepreneurs get the small business financing they need to start or grow a business.”

Wells Fargo

https://www.wellsfargo.com/biz/women_diverse_business/women/

“Wells Fargo celebrates the strength, vision and innovation of women business owners. Through our financial solutions, outreach efforts and educational resources, we help sustain the success of women-owned businesses; and we are honored to support their role in shaping the future of small business.  As America’s #1 small business lender1, Wells Fargo is dedicated to helping you succeed financially — in business and personally. We stand ready to help you grow your business, achieve your vision and safeguard your financial success.”

Accelerators & Incubators (Many programs offer the potential for investment upon completion.)

Women Innovate Mobile (WIM)

http://womeninnovatemobile.com/

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

Astia

http://astia.org/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,779/

“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.”

Springboard Enterprises

https://www.springboardenterprises.org/

“Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses. Springboard educates, sources, coaches, showcases and supports high growth companies seeking equity capital for expansion.”

RampCorp

http://www.txstate.edu/rampcorp/

“The Ramps™ training program is designed for women entrepreneurs. Texas State University RampCorp brings “The Ramps™” to cities across Texas. We’re recruiting up to 30 current and future entrepreneurs per city to launch companies with guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors.”

WESST Enterprise Center

http://www.wesst.org/

“WESST was founded in 1988 by three women to help women start their own businesses. Six years later, the organization expanded to five centers across the state with 75% of its clientele being women. Two and a half years ago, WESST also opened its first incubator in downtown Albuquerque.”

 

 

10 Comments to “Funding and Loans That Target Women-Owned Businesses”

  1. This is a terrific list. Thanks for compiling!

  2. Avatar of Kim Oksenberg

    Kim Oksenberg

    In the event there are questions about accelerators and incubators I just saw this article: http://smallbiztrends.com/2012/04/choose-startup-business-incubator.html

    It does a very through job of explaining what to expect from these programs and gives a run down on  some of the leaders in the space. 

  3. Thanks for putting this together. I would be very interested in seeing a similar list for grants to women who have a social entrepreneur idea. Most grants are for agencies or social service organizations that provide services. Also, most grants are for organizations that already have a track record. I am interested in grants to help individuals who are in the plannning stages for a new community service.

  4. Great list!  Thanks for taking the time to do this and share with us!

  5. Wow. I only joined Project Eve yesterday, and already it’s proving invaluable. Thanks for this list. Looking forward to investigating all these links, and the articles posted also.

  6. this is great!

  7. Any suggestions for groups and/or people willing to help fund a PBS documentary project being put together by a 501(c)(3) and a for-profit video production company in conjunction with a PBS TV station? (donations would be tax deductible)

    Thanks.

  8. Thank you again for another great resource from Project Eve!

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