In this scoop we share pitch insights, new female-focused funds, our course to Get Funding Savvy and the 5 things Mailbird’s founder wish she knew before becoming a CEO.

Founder of HK based female focused fund, Empact28, shares about her recent partnership

Emily Lam-Ho is CEO of Empact 28, a HK-based firm which funds female entrepreneurs and businesses that empower women and has been supporting Yellow Leaf Hammocks since 2016. It is a social enterprise that provides and builds a comprehensive long-term strategy and sustainable change in several impoverished communities in Thailand.  

Goldman Sachs and IFC -supports first private-sector Women Entrepreneurs Bonds to be Issued by Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya

Great collaborations have brought together this offering is to boost lending to women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (WSMEs) in Thailand. One of it’s objectives is to address the fact that there isn’t adequate access to finance for many SMEs in Thailand.

Founder Must Reads

Consumer Technology Association (CTA) makes first investment focused on diversity

CTA has addressed recent criticism on their lack of diversity at CES by announcing they will invest in venture firms and funds that invest with women and people of color. From their US$10 million fund, their first investments are in Harlem Capital and SoGal Ventures, located in Asia & the USA.

Women-led businesses on the rise in Vietnam

A number of reports show that Vietnam has one of the highest women-led business ownership globally, yet there is still a financing gap estimated at US$1.19 billion for women-owned enterprises (WOEs). The good news is that there is a lot of support to make a change to support WOEs as shared in this article.

New female focused funding announced globally:

Cleo Capital, USA: VC fund has raised $3.5 million for a debut fund that will invest in female entrepreneurs who act as investor scouts.

Fearless Fund, USA: invests in women of color-led businesses seeking pre-seed, seed level, or series A funding.

i2i Ventures, MENA: New Early Stage Female Founded-VC fund launches in Pakistan and supported by SEA Asia Investors.

Why are revenue based-VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders?

Is this emerging investment trend of investment another way for female founders to seeking funding? This series of articles outlines this investment model and some of its impacts. Read on to learn more.

How algorithms can diversify the startup pool

In VC funding we have recently heard of the ‘cupcake stigma’ - the perception that women are less serious than their male counterparts. However, some VC firms are embracing technology and data-driven approaches to guide their funding decisions and address potential decision-making bias. This detailed MIT Report shares the different ways this can be done.

Is cold pitching the way to get a better response from investors?

Some recent research shows there might be some merit in this approach for women and minority founders.

How to overcome 3 common challenges Women Founders experience

Some good news from American Express research that from 1997 to 2017, the number of women-owned companies rose by 114 percent. However, there is still the need to overcome common challenges with suggestions how included in this article.

5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO.

Andrea Loubier, CEO of Mailbird and one of the top female entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, shares her story at Thrive Global. What resonated with us was during her first investor interactions she was asked about CAP tables and didn’t know what it was - which is totally understandable. Plus she is a fan of Simon Sinek and Melinda Gates!

Want to know what a Cap table is?

Then check out our Get Funding Savvy course here to build your funding raising knowledge and discover what else investors expect you to know!

The confidence complex: how female entrepreneurs can pitch successfully

Want to get that first impression right when pitching? This article shares some good tips on pitching plus insights on different types of capital.

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!

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