Cartier Women’s Competition

We have been waiting for the 2019 Cartier competition to start and now applications open June 12.
 
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created by Cartier, INSEAD Business School, McKinsey & Company to identify, support and encourage projects led by women entrepreneurs.
 
Prizes include US$100,00, INSEAD Entrepreneurship Programme Scholarship, personalised mentoring and media visibility.

Founders Institute x Next Chapter - Female Founder Fellowship

The early admission deadline for Founder Institute x Next Chapter’s Female Founder Fellowship is 16 June.
 
The 3.5 month startup launch program provides a step-by-step structure, constant feedback from some of Hong Kong’s top mentors, and an international network of entrepreneurs to help you build an enduring company.

Apply now for our fellowship for their Hong Kong programme (valued at US$749).

Are you the most promising seed-stage startup in Hong Kong?

If you think so, then you can apply to the Seedstars World competition. Not only do we like that they focus on bringing together impact investment and changemakers, but Seedstars was founded by Alisee de Tonnac who has travelled the world to make an impact in emerging markets.

Female Funding News

Patamar Capital, part of our Who’s Who funding in Asia, has invested in SupaAgents to support their South East Asia expansion plans.  They have also announced a female-majority board. Read more.
 

She1K, a corporate women’s angel network, has made their first investment in Performance Rotors in Singapore after launching November 2018. Read more.

Asia takes 4 of the top 10 slots for female founders in startup ecosystems

The latest Startup Genome Global Economy Spotlight just came out with an interesting view: 'There Will Be No “Next Silicon Valley.” There Will Be 30'. For female founders, Asia takes 4 of the top 10 slots for female founders in startup ecosystems: No. 3 Kuala Lumpur, No. 4 Shanghai, No.7 Sydney, No. 10 Busan. Hong Kong comes in at No.31.

Serena Williams launches Serena Ventures

After investing in 34 startups over the past 5 years, Serena Williams has launched Serena Ventures which will focus on companies founded by women and minorities.  We love that she is already living the message with “60% of Williams’ investments so far have gone to companies led by women or people of color”.

Do you want to get Funding Savvy?

Our online course teaches you the funding options available at different stages of your business. Great for those starting out to see which capital can help you grow, plus great for more established businesses as we cover pitch decks, valuation methods, due diligence, Closing the Deal documents. Watch our video to learn more:

Top Tips for Rising Entrepreneurs

With the growth of female entrepreneurship, this article gives the following advice on how to take your business to the next level.  We feel this article aligns with how Next Chapter works with female founders and we have some solutions for you.
     

  1. Learn the different types of capital that are available (check out our online Get Funding Savvy course)
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  3. Find solid partners to help you achieve your goals (check out our coaching support)
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  5. Network With Other Women (check out our Investor Guided Peer Advisory Boards)
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  7. Remember it’s a marathon (check out our funding Who’s Who)

Meet Jowell Shek - newest Angel in Hong Kong

We recently sat down with Jowell Shek, analyst at Catalyst Ventures and founder of Hong Kong Angels’ Angle, a new meetup group in Hong Kong.  We are impressed by Jowell’s enthusiasm for the investing scene and also working with others to build more investors and showcase startups.  Read her story on our blog.

Crowdfunding campaign: A Woman’s Guide to Investing for a Sustainable Future

Jessica Robinson, founder of Moxie Futures and changemaker for impact investing and getting more women investing, is crowdfunding her book Financial Feminism: A Woman's Guide to Investing for a Sustainable Future. Jessica explains “It will be a very easy read, accessible for any woman who wants to start thinking about sustainability and impact in her investment decisions, and to start taking action today.”  You can support Jessica via the link below.

Unicorns in home, fashion, beauty, and travel in 2019

Rent the Runway, Glossier & Away are founded by women, and they join the club of just over 350 unicorns worldwide.  Megan Bent, founder of Harbinger Ventures notes that “Neither men nor women are necessarily better at innovating, but more diverse teams will inherently identify more diverse opportunities for disruption."  This article explains how collaborative partnerships and deep-dive product focus helped build their brands

SuperWomen Podcast with Sallie Krawcheck

A recent episode interviewed Sallie Krawcheck, founder of Ellevest following a very successful career in investment banking.  What did we takeaway? Connecting with fellow entrepreneurs is critical to support each other’s ideas, mentors are great but do you have a sponsor?

Get proof of concept as fast as you can, fundraise and then focus on revenues.   Be prepared to be inspired!

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View our online "Get Funding Savvy" course to understanding you funding options and opportunities more clearly