The Complete Ecosystem Supporting Women-Led Tech Companies [Momentum: January 2017 Edition]

The best word to describe what I’ve seen over the last year since I first shared a compilation of the organizations, funds, and networks supporting women-led technology companies is MOMENTUM.

Nearly every week, there seems to be a new fund, a new network of innovative women, a new effort convening smart people to bring the venture world much needed diversity of thought.

It was encouraging to update my 2015 Edition of the ecosystem and see the new energy in the space where I’ve worked tirelessly for the past 8+ years.

Please comment to let me know which organizations I’ve overlooked that share our collective mission to cultivate diversity of thought.

Accelerators for Women-Led Companies

Springboard Enterprises, Women’s Startup Lab, Equita, MergeLane, Prosper, Upstart, SheStarts by Blue Chilli, Women Innovating Now Lab, The Refinery, SOAR, mystartupXX, The Circular Board, DivInc, Sephora Stands, Project Entrepreneur, Althea-Imperial Programme, Colliders Pre-Accelerator, The Pinkubator, BIG Accelerator. Others with demonstrated awareness of the need for diversity of thought: NewMe Accelerator, 500 Women, Founders Institute, American Underground, Make in L.A., Ignite Accelerator

Co-Working for Women-Led Companies

HeraHub (Multiple Locations), The Ventura (Australia), The Wing (New York City)

Networks of Entrepreneurial Women

Women 2.0, Women in Bio, Ellevate Network, digitalundivided, Women Presidents’ Organization, SheEOs, Women@Austin, Alley to the Valley, the Vinetta Project, StartupChicks, Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Women Who Tech, Lesbians Who Tech, Philly Women in Tech, Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, WEST, TechWomen Canada, Ada’s List, SoGal, Global Invest Her, SheWorx, C-Sweetener, UPWARD Women, WE Venture, theBoardList, LandIt, BEACON DC, Hautepreneurs, Astia, Athena League, Women Who Startup

Networks of Women Investors

Broadway Angels, Belle Capital, Golden Seeds, X-Squared Angels, Astia Angels, Beehive Holdings, Topstone Angels, Scale Investors (Australia), Women’s Capital Connection, #Angels, The JumpFund, ArcAngels (New Zealand), Sofia Fund, WOMENA, WE Capital, SheEO, AllBright (UK), Investing Women Angels (Scotland), Plum Alley

Investor Training Programs/Networks

Pipeline Fellowship, Portfolia, 37 Angels, Kauffman Fellows, Women First Enterprise by the Angel Resource Institute, Women in Venture, Angel Academe, We Are Enough, Women.VC, Diversity.VC

Investors Targeting Women-Led/Diverse Companies

Springboard Fund, Merian Ventures, BBG Ventures, Female Founders Fund, Texas Women Ventures, Women’s Venture Capital Fund, True Wealth Ventures, SoGal Ventures, Intel Capital Diversity Fund, Halogen Ventures, Gotham Gal Ventures, InvestHer Ventures, Cross Culture Ventures, Bootstrap Capital, Backstage Capital, BRAVA Investments

Other VC Funds Led by Female Partners

Illuminate Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Aspect Ventures, Rivet Ventures, Astarte Ventures, Starvest Partners, Valor Ventures.

Crowdfunding for Women-Led Companies

AWE Ventures, TheNextWomen Crowd Fund(Europe), iFundWomen, Arya Women (Turkey)

Consulting Firms Supporting Women-Led Companies

Virago, The Pink Ceiling

Conferences for Entrepreneurial Women

Women Entrepreneurs Fesitval, Female Founders Conference, Women Who Tech, Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, the Female Founders Program at The Montgomery Summit

Developing Women Tech Talent

Hackbright Academy, Girls Who Code, Women Who Code, Black Girls Code, Girl Develop It, TechGirlz, Bella Minds, PowerToFly, Venture for America, CODE2040


I’m the VP @ Springboard, a resource hub and community of experts helping advance the growth of women-led tech and life science companies. Follow me at @joshuahenderson or joshuahenderson.com. If you enjoyed this article, please click below to recommend it.