We’ve had a great response to recent competitions happening globally and you still have today to apply to the Cartier Competition. Also read on to learn about a new scholarship in Australia, 5 types of funding options, hear from Sequioa’s first female partner plus read insights on the FemTech industry and female founder investment news.

Final day to apply for the Cartier Competition

Cartier Competition closes today so be quick in getting your application in! The 21 finalists receive prize money, one-to-one coaching, media visibility and ongoing support.

Scholarship: Women Entrepreneurs Program for Established Businesses

The Australian Government’s Office for Women has funded the Women Entrepreneurs Program for Established Businesses. It is focused on ensuring the future economic stability and sustainability of the businesses of women entrepreneurs. If you are based in Australia and seeking to scale, this programme is focused on the governance implications with your Board to scale.

Founder Must Reads

United Nations’ FinTech Innovation Fund announces 10 female winners

Women Fintech MSME Innovation Fund announces the winning private sector FinTech and digital business solutions for women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa and Vietnam.

Singapore’s Ladies Investment Club (LIC) makes investment in Indonesia

LIC VC, along with IIX Growth Fund and co-founder of SYSTEMIQ Jeremy Oppenheim, has invested in woman-led Indonesian Impact Enterprise Krakakoa.  LIC VC, based in Singapore, is a group of self-funded female investors with a mission to find, support and nurture female founders. Read about their investment here:

Government initiatives leading the way to support female founders:

The Australian Government funds a programme for Gender Lens investing in Asia.

The UK government has established the Investing in Women Code, which has support from banks and VCs.

Are ASEAN businesswomen being ignored?

A fact-filled overview of the state of female entrepreneurship in SE Asia and what is (and can be) done to improve female entrepreneurs growth and success.  

Crunch base Q2 2019 Diversity Report: Underwhelming Funding For Female Founders, We Ask VCs Why?

“The future is men investing in women,” said Claire Tomkins, the CEO of Future Family. Crunch base has analysed their statistics to bring together a viewpoint on how to increase funding in female founded businesses.

5 Questions to ask yourself when starting crowdfunding.

Successful crowdfunding campaigns rely heavily on their pre-campaign marketing, planning, and promotion. To help get your pre-launch planning started we have compiled some of the most important questions you must ask yourself first.

Crowdfunding 101 Webinar

Join us on Thursday, 22 August to give an introduction to crowdfunding and answer any questions you may have. It will also be recorded so sign up to join us on the day or receive the replay afterwards.

5 Different ways to fund your startup

Not sure which type of funding is right for you? Hear from some founders on what different funding choices they have made.

To learn more and get savvy taking our concise online course to get you up to speed on the different funding options and what you need to prepare for each.

Not only VC, what about trade-finance for women?

In early July, the IFC and Goldman Sachs Foundation launched the first gender-focused trade finance programme to promote access to trade finance for women exporters and importers in emerging markets. Read more from the women leading this programme.

Her Story: Sequia’s first US female partner

Jess Lee, raised in HK, was Sequoia’s first US female partner. In this article she shares about her journey and insights on supporting female founders.

What is the future of femtech as digital health moves to user centric solutions?

Femtech is an industry seeking to empower women. With the women’s health market estimated to be worth over $50 billion by 2025, read on to find out about the potential future for Femtech.

Are these the 10 most exciting female VCs in London?

These women are changing the landscape for investing in women in the UK.

Upcoming Event: Women Founder’s Breakfast in Hong Kong

This free event is an open discussion so a great opportunity to meet others (women and men alike), to share advice, ambitions and concerns and to learn more about how Entrepreneur First can support you in this journey.

Do you know all the different funding types? 

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!

Want to learn more?

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