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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Top 9 Venture Capital Funds That Are Investing in Woman-Owned Businesses

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Women entrepreneurs continue to be the leading demographic in creating successful new businesses around the world. Because of this, more and more investors and venture capitalists want to invest in woman-owned companies. Many of these investors are women themselves that want to help diversify the business world that has long been dominated by men.
Here are 9 venture capital funds that invest in woman entrepreneurs:

#1 - Backstage Capital: This fund invests in startup founders who identify as a Woman, Person of Color, and/or LGBTQ. They believe these founders are underestimated, and have the most potential for unlocking innovation and creating valuable businesses. To support more founders, they're growing a global community of local accelerator programs.

#2 - BBG Ventures: This fund invests in visionary entrepreneurs building the next generation of market-defining consumer products and services. Every company in their portfolio has at least one female founder. Why? Because they believe the greatest untapped opportunity for venture capital lies in backing women who are using technology to address common life-challenges and transform daily habits.

#3 - BELLE Capital USA: An early stage angel fund focused on building great companies in underserved capital markets across the USA. Companies seeking their capital must have at least one female founder or C-level exec, and/or be willing to recruit top female talent to the C-suite and Board of Directors.

#4 - Female Founders Fund: Women experience greater successes - and fewer failures - than their male counterparts. Yet traditional venture capital does not reflect this. Female Founders Fund was founded to change that. Their portfolio companies all share something in common - each is led by talented female founders with disruptive and innovative ideas that better serve their consumer.

#5 - Golden Seeds: A discerning group of investors, seeking and funding high-potential, women-led businesses. By seeking companies where women hold leadership positions and own substantial equity, they are funding companies that are likely to have diverse perspectives that will contribute to ultimate success.

#6 - Intel Capital Diversity Fund: The largest venture capital resource ever created to focus on women and other underrepresented tech entrepreneurs, their Diversity Initiative ensures that people from a wide variety of backgrounds can access the business development programs, global network, technology expertise and brand capital their talents deserve.

#7 - New Voices Fund: A $100 Million Fund created to empower women of color entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. This groundbreaking initiative, designed to level the playing field, provides women of color entrepreneurs with unprecedented access, capital, and expertise they need to excel.

#8 - Portfolia: A venture capitalist firm that has designed their funds with a special interest in appealing to women who own half of the wealth, buy the majority of products, but rarely invest in startup companies. One of their funds called the FemTech Fund is investing in 10 top performing women-owned health companies.

#9 - Rethink Impact:
The largest, US-based impact venture capital firm with a gender lens that invests in female leaders using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems. They believe that the next generation of extraordinary companies (in health, environmental sustainability, education, and economic empowerment) will find success through their relentless pursuit of mission, for the benefit of all communities.