Summer is coming and so is the RISE Conference to HK.  So in this week’s newsletter we’ve included the RISE roundup for female founders, plus funding news and tips to help you grow your business and find capital.

RISE: Conference Round Up

RISE, which gathers the people and companies redefining tech, is back in Hong Kong from July 8 - July 11.  It is one of the biggest startup and investor events in HK so we have pulled together some information to help you make the most of it.

RISE: Women in Tech Lounge

Want to make it to the top table at RISE? To sit with the insiders and talk through the most pressing issues facing tech, business and society today?

What to expect:

  • Understand how women leaders are using human-centered approach to innovate, integrating the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.
  • Learn how to combat the unbearable lightness of being a female founder.
  • Discover how to deliver experiences that inspire, inform and move people around the world to join in scaling impact for the SDGs.

Event: Roundtables Female leadership: Paving the way toward a better world
Date: Jul 9, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 - 12:45
Location: Roundtables

RISE: Female Speakers not to miss!

RISE has brought together fantastic speakers and we have highlighted some female investors and founders you don’t want to miss.

Find out more about RISE here: 

Founder Institute x Next Chapter’s Female Founder Fellowship

Applications are still open for our Founder Institute x Next Chapter’s Female Founder Fellowship.  We have 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.

She Loves Tech competition 

She Loves Tech is the world's largest startup competition focused on women and technology. In 2018, more than 500 startups joined the competition from all over the world and more than 1,000 media covered the competition. This year, there is a Hong Kong mentorship day on July 27th and the Hong Kong competition on August 10th. The global final will take place on Sept 14th in Beijing. Across Asia you can participate from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, India, Australia, and more countries.

The Billion Dollar Fund closes first US$1 billion in pledges

This is a great game changer for female led startups! A total of 70 funds from six continents and25 countries have so far pledged to deploy capital towards women-founded companies by 2020, equating to a total of $1 billion.

From Asia, this includes Gobi Partners, Golden Gate Ventures, Patamar Capital, Teja Ventures and Singapore’s SGInnovate.

“Female in Fintech” programme - Australia 

The Melbourne office of fintech hub Stone & Chalk is launching a ‘Females in Fintech’ program.

The program aims to build the confidence of women entrepreneurs emerging leaders in the fintech sector.  We love that their goal to bring both men and women together to mentor and fund female led startups.  

It’s early days for the programme, but watch this space as more programme information is announced.

Gender Neutral businesses receive less funding? Who knew?

So we love our statistics at Next Chapter but even we were surprised by this one:

“study by market researcher Crunchbase finds that women have an especially difficult time pitching businesses considered gender neutral. Of the money women do attract, a disproportionate amount goes to businesses that cater to women, like fashion, beauty and cosmetics companies.” Interested to find out more?

Do you know all the different funding types? 

Our blog gives you a comparison between different funding types: Angels, Venture Capital, Grants, Accelerators and other types.  A good resource to get started for your funding journey.

Crowdfunding Starter Kit

Have you considered crowdfunding for your business.

8 Ways Women Entrepreneurs can use Crowdfunding Successfully

One of the biggest hurdles for female entrepreneurs is raising capital. This article shares some great insights on how crowdfunding can be a great way for a female founder to launch a business and get some early validation and sales.

Next Chapter's crowdfunding site, along with its Crowdfunding Starter Kit, has seen some successful campaigns go on to seek funding over US$300,000. Often the biggest battle is just getting started which crowdfunding helps you overcome!

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women - Hong Kong 

We recently met with the Cherie Blair Foundation who have helped to empower over 150,000 female entrepreneurs globally in the past 10 years.  They do this through mentoring, training and business programme.  At their Hong Kong Chapter event they shared their focus on redefining the future for female entrepreneurs.    You can read their fascinating statistics and future strategy here:


Luuna Naturals - Olivia Cotes-James

LUÜNA is Asia’s first female-led period care company. Who exist to create healthy periods through their chemical-free feminine care products, taboo-free content and menstrual health education initiatives.

Read our interview with Olivia as she talks about her funding experience using the link below.

*P.S LUÜNA is excited for women to try their organic cotton period care so are offering free shipping on all orders in Hong Kong + 5% off when you use the code " NEXTCHAPTER " at the checkout on their website www.luuna-naturals.com

‘The Pitch’ Podcast takes you behind closed doors

Recently during our interview with Jowell Shek, she told us that her favourite podcast is The Pitch.

You get to hear a startups pitch to investors shark tank styles PLUS hear the investor’s discussion and decision making process.

Want to learn more?

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