This week there are great female focused programs opening across Asia, London and NY. If you are looking for one-off business expertise then check out “Meet your Maven” or inspiration from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International list, plus learn how crowdfunding can launch a Top 100 business.
Ready to Scale? Apply to EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia Pacific
The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific program is a year-long, executive leadership program designed for women with established businesses who are ready to scale operations and grow to become global market leaders. Open to all founders in AsiaPacific with businesses 5 years or older, this established program could be just what you need to grow to the next level.
Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program
For US residents, the Fellows Program is designed for women entrepreneurs by providing the support you need to connect, learn and grow your business. The program includes a 1-year program, $5,000 grant and a pitch day. Applications are open until November 19.
Female Innovators Lab launched by Barclays & Anthemis
To bring more female founders into the financial services area, Anthemis has partnered with Barclays bank to establish the Female Innovators Lab, a New York-based startup studio for female founders in the fintech space. Their USP is that they recognise that many female founders are sole founders, often not wanting to relocate or follow the typical 12 week accelerators program.
Australian VC firms backed by local superannuation funds are investing in women
According to KPMG and Innovation Bay more than one-quarter of venture capital firms in Australia now manage money on behalf of super funds. Acknowledging the strong returns from investing in women, Acorn Capital Investment Fund has teamed up with Scale Investors to raise an A$50 million fund to back female-run startups.
New US$1 million Funding Initiative targeting female founders in emerging economies
Seeking to make an intentional change to enable female founders to thrive, ANDE, USAID, and Visa Foundation partner to launch ANDE Gender Equality Initiative and Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund. One of the first initiatives will be to distribute US$1 million in funding over the next two years across SE Asia for organisations providing entrepreneurial support.
Female business champion appointed to run Royal Bank of Scotland
Alison Rose has been appointed as RBS’s first female CEO, and the first female CEO to run one of the UK’s big four banks. Alison Rose is also a champion for female business owners and was recently appointed by the UK government to complete a review of female entrepreneurship. The report found a need to increase funding directed towards women, greater family care support, and increasing their support networks.
Lack of female startup funding in MENA
Although research shows that investing in women-led startups can bring great business returns, women are still experiencing pushback in their funding journey. Particularly in the tech industry, this article touches on what we can all do to increase funding equality.
London’s VCs are rubbish at diversity
This article’s title is catchy, but the reality is there are still issues in broader diversity with VCs. We know all of the statistics but this article includes great graphs that can be shared when talking with investors and fellow founders.
Crowdfunding can launch a top 100 business
Alex West Steinman, CEO of The Coven, was recently featured in Inc Magazine’s list of 100 women building innovative companies. She also highlights how raising US$200,000 via crowdfunding was critical to getting the business started.
If you want to learn if crowdfunding can help your business then check out our website for the key steps to take and view successful campaigns.
Women of the C-Suite: “My first piece of advice when it comes to leadership would be to forget that you are female”
Tracy Holland, co-founder and CEO of HATCHBEAUTY, shares some great tips and insights including reinventing her company, how to build a team and how she believes in “fake it till you make it”
How female ‘Unicorns’ are on the rise
With more ‘Unicorns’ co-founded by female founders in Asia, including Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing Technology, Singaporean ride-hailing and food-delivery app Grab and Australian graphic design start-up Canva, many are positive this is a trend that will continue.
She Loves Tech winner
We wanted to share that Phantasma Labs, a platform to help self-driving systems, was the winner of the She Loves Tech 2019 competition. Maria Meier, Co-founder of Phantasma Labs said: "It feels powerful to be around so many inspiring women entrepreneurs, especially in our field which needs more. We are really grateful to She Loves Tech for providing a platform to meet outstanding founders and gain exposure to top investors and mentors."
Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International List
Although women run only 14 of the world’s 500 largest companies, there are still amazing women out there in powerful positions. This list shows how these women come from an increasing number of industries and 19 countries.
Meet Your Maven launches in Melbourne
Sheryl Thai, CEO of the League of Extraordinary Women, recently launched ‘Meet Your Maven. It is a platform that “enables women to ‘hire’ more experienced female businesswomen from around the world for 45-minute blocks of mentorship via in-person meetings or video calls.” It’s a great way to find expertise and advice from women who have ‘done it before’.
Finally, a video on building a brand and partnerships…
You will hear a lot of inspiration but this entrepreneur, Jaclyn Johnson from Create & Cultivate, speaks FAST! So if you want a dose of motivation from a fast-talking female entrepreneur then this one is for you.
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Crowdfunding Starter Kit
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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