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Women Startup Challenges

Founded by Women Who Tech, Women Startup Challenges' goal is to "break down barriers and get more women startups funded." Host pitch competitions in San Francisco and New York City.

Big Innovation Centre (Atlanta)

Located in downtown Atlanta, GA, the BIG Innovation Center offers a four-month program for tech startups with black and Latina founders. The accelerator will offer training around how to build a startup, office space, mentors and seed funding from the Harriet Angels’ syndicate, which is backed by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg and Kathryn Finney, the founder of digitalundivided.

Women Who Tech

An organization that hosts the Women Startup Challenge, a pitch competition that showcases and funds innovative women-led startups that are solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. See

Cowboy Ventures

Co-founded by Aileen Lee, and helps seed-stage tech startups focused on “Life 2.0” products that help users enhance their work and personal lives.

Aspect Ventures

Founded by Jennifer Scott Fonstad and Theresia Gouw. The company says it is mostly focused on “security, health, and millennial services” and closed its first $150 million fund in May of 2015.


12-week accelerator program for female founders, located in Boulder, Colorado. Started by Sue Heilbronner and Elizabeth Krau.

Women’s Venture Capital Fund

Capitalizes on the expanding pipeline of women entrepreneurs leading gender diverse teams and creating capital efficient, high growth companies in digital media and sustainable products and services.


The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, certifies businesses that are owned, controlled, and operated by women in the U.S.

The Refinery

An accelerator based in Westport, Connecticut that helps transform women-led startups into scalable businesses.

Plum Alley Investments

Plum Alley Investments is a membership-based investment firm that supports women entrepreneurs in technology and gender-balanced teams building innovative and purpose-driven companies. Started by Deborah Jackson and Andrea Turner Moffitt.

Pipeline Fellowship

With a focus on social entrepreneurship, this angel investing bootcamp trains women to be angel investors. Founded by Natalia Oberti Noguera.


A networking group for women entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and innovators. Started by Lisa Abeyta, the founder of civic tech startup AppCityLife.

Golden Seeds

With an angel network and a venture capital side, this organization supports female investors and is one of the largest and most well-known female angel networks in the country. Has offices in New York, Boston, Silicon Valley, Southern California and Texas.

Female Investors Opportunities List

Google group of over 100 female investors, organized by Sarah Kunst. Email kunstsar@gmail with any opportunities and she will share them with the group.

Broadway Angels

An angel investment group made up of world-class investors and business executives “who all happen to be women.” While they mostly invest in information technology, they are open to other areas of investment, as well.

500 Women

Accelerator 500 Startups’ initiative to fund female founders. Tagline: “Funding Flawless Female Founders”

37 Angels

Network of female angels that invests between $50k and $150k in deals. They offer a training program to educate novice angels in the fundamentals of investing in young companies.