Founders Institute x Next Chapter - Female Founder Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Next Chapter has partnered with The Founder Institute who is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator to offer one Female Founder Fellowship for their next Hong Kong programme for free (valued at US$749). The Founders Institute helps entrepreneurs get to traction and funding with a support network of startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured business-building process. Since 2009, they have helped over 3,500 startups raise over $800M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

You can apply for the Fellowship opportunity via the link below.

Fidelity Launches Women’s Leadership Fund

It’s encouraging when organisations are actively seeking to invest in companies with women in senior leadership roles (it’s how we curated our own funding Who’s Who after all). So it’s great to learn Fidelity has launched an actively managed, US equity fund that does just that. Hear from Nicole Connolly, who manages the fund, on why investing in female leadership can lead to higher returns.

Jumpstart’s “Investment” issue in Hong Kong

Did you miss the recent issue of Jumpstart on “Investment” in Hong Kong? It includes an interview with 500 Startups Christine Tsai, insights from super angel Jason Calacanis, the evolution of crowdfunding (one of our favourite topics!) an overview of Seed, Series A and Series B funding plus EncompassHK's recent event on gender equality. You can read it here:

Free Tips on how to value your business

If you are looking for tips on how to value your business, we have provided some simple methods in our blog. We go through some of the well known methods to give you a starting point in discussions with investors and other interested organisations.

On track to become India’s first female Unicorn

Not all entrepreneur’s aspire to become Unicorns, however it’s great to read the inspiration and story behind Singapore based Ankiti Bose, co-founder of Zilingo. “It started with a shopping trip to Thailand…”

Women are 63% less likely to secure venture capital

That’s according to London Business Review’s recent research. Our own experience at Next Chapter is that funding is often a journey not just a one-off event. The authors share their research around “entrepreneurship is really a pipeline involving a number of stages, from founding a new venture to seeking capital to exit” and the impact on female entrepreneurs. You can find other insights in this link:

SuperWomen podcast on female funding

We were recently introduced to the SuperWomen podcast by Jennifer Margolin from BYDEAU. Well, we have been listening like crazy ever since.

In the below episode, you can listen to the founders Katia Beauchamp (Birchbox), Jennifer Fleiss (Rent The Runway & Jetblack) and Sutian Dong (Female Founders Fund) speak on a panel and share their experience fundraising, lending as an option, using crowdfunding alternatives, plus how to create urgency through term sheets when speaking with investors.

We highly recommend you make time to listen to episode 31 of Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff.

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