The Global Ecosystem Supporting Women Innovators and Investors

250+ VCs, accelerators, angel networks, conferences, platforms, and communities supporting women innovators and investors

Last updated December 27, 2018

I’ve spent over a decade playing an active part in the venture ecosystem as the Vice President of Springboard Enterprises, a global network of women innovators transforming industries. In that time I’ve seen many organizations in this space come and go, but far more have come than gone since my last update to this list in early 2017. The world is finally waking up to the fact that there is big money to be made in finding and funding companies led by diverse teams.

If you’re part of a woman-led company, I hope this list makes your life easier by pointing you to valuable resources and human capital you didn’t already know about.

If you’re in this ecosystem and I’ve either misrepresented what you do or failed to include you, I’m sorry. Please comment and let me know so I can correct my error immediately.

Note: Organizations overlooked in the January 2017 edition and March 2015 edition of this list are included below in bold font

Accelerators for Women-Led Companies

  1. Ad Astra Ventures
  2. Althea-Imperial Programme
  3. Backstage Accelerator
  4. The Big Push
  5. The Circular Board
  6. Colliders Pre-Accelerator
  7. DivInc (DivInc)
  8. Equita
  9. F-Lane
  10. Female Founders Accelerator
  11. FounderGym
  12. HearstLab
  13. Hera Labs
  14. Hillman
  15. MassNextGen
  16. MergeLane (Elizabeth Kraus)
  17. Monarq Incubator
  18. Multicultural Innovation Lab
  19. mystartupXX
  20. NYC Immersion Program by FD Global Connections
  21. The Pinkubator
  22. Project Entrepreneur
  23. Prosper
  24. Ready Set Raise
  25. The Refinery
  26. Sephora Stands
  27. SheStarts by Blue Chilli
  28. SOAR
  29. Springboard Enterprises (Springboard Enterprises)
  30. TechDiversity Accelerator
  31. Upstart
  32. WiSTEM by 1871
  33. Women Who Dare
  34. Women Innovating Now Lab
  35. Women on the Move
  36. Women’s Startup Lab

Others with demonstrated awareness of the need for diversity of thought: 500 Women, American Underground, Founders Institute, Ignite Accelerator, Make in L.A., NewMe Accelerator, as well as Design Technologies produced accelerators ABCT, ELabNYC, and Next Milestone

Co-Working for Women-Led Companies

  1. Blooms London
  2. EvolveHer (Chicago)
  3. HeraHub (Multiple Locations, Hera Hub)
  4. One Roof Melbourne
  5. The Hivery (Mill Valley, CA)
  6. The Riveter (Multiple Locations)
  7. The Ventura (Australia)
  8. WeAct (Los Altos)
  9. WMN (Tel Aviv)
  10. The Wing (New York City)

Networks of Entrepreneurial Women

  1. accelerateHER
  2. Ada’s List
  3. Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs
  4. Alley to the Valley
  5. Astia
  6. Athena League
  7. BEACON DC
  8. Black Women Talk Tech
  9. Blooming Founders (Blooming Founders)
  10. C-Sweetener
  11. Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network
  12. digitalundivided (digitalundivided)
  13. Ellevate Network (Ellevate Network)
  14. EnrichHER
  15. Female Equity
  16. Female Founders Alliance
  17. Global Invest Her
  18. Hautepreneurs
  19. LandIt (Landit)
  20. Lesbians Who Tech
  21. Pepperlane (Pepperlane)
  22. Philly Women in Tech
  23. SheEOs
  24. SheWorx (SheWorx By Lisa Wang)
  25. SoGal (SoGal Ventures)
  26. The Fourth Floor
  27. The Startup Ladies
  28. StartupChicks
  29. TechWomen Canada
  30. theBoardList (theBoardlist)
  31. TheNextWomen
  32. UPWARD Women
  33. the Vinetta Project
  34. WE Venture
  35. WEST
  36. Women@Austin
  37. Women 2.0 (Women 2.0)
  38. Women Founders Network
  39. Women in Bio
  40. Women in Tech by ICON
  41. Women Presidents’ Organization
  42. Women Tech Founders
  43. Women Who Startup
  44. Women Who Tech
  45. Yazamiyot

Organizations Dedicated to Diversity in Venture

  1. AllRaise (AllRaise.org)
  2. Black Girl Ventures
  3. BLCK VC
  4. Diversity.VC (Diversity VC)
  5. Female Founders
  6. Founders for Change
  7. iNTENT Manifesto
  8. Israeli Power in Diversity Initiative
  9. The Billion Dollar Fund for Women
  10. VC Include
  11. Women.VC

Networks of Women Investors

  1. #Angels (#ANGELS)
  2. AllBright (UK, AllBright)
  3. ArcAngels (New Zealand)
  4. Astia Angels
  5. Beehive Holdings
  6. BELLE Capital (Lauren Flanagan)
  7. Broadway Angels
  8. Golden Seeds (Golden Seeds)
  9. Hera Fund
  10. Investing Women Angels (Scotland)
  11. The JumpFund
  12. New Voices Fund
  13. Next Act Fund
  14. Scale Investors (Australia)
  15. SheEO (SheEO World)
  16. Sofia Fund
  17. Topstone Angels
  18. We Angels Network (Chile)
  19. WE Capital
  20. Women’s Capital Connection
  21. WOMENA (Womena)
  22. X-Squared Angels

Investor Training Programs/Networks

  1. 37 Angels (37 Angels)
  2. Angel Academe (Angel Academe)
  3. Female Funders
  4. Kauffman Fellows
  5. Pipeline Angels (Pipeline Angels)
  6. Portfolia (Portfolia by Trish Costello)
  7. We Are Enough
  8. Women First Enterprise by the Angel Resource Institute
  9. Women in Venture

Investors Targeting Women-Led/Diverse Companies

  1. 1843 Capital
  2. The 22 Fund
  3. Amplifyher Ventures
  4. Backstage Capital (Arlan)
  5. BBG Ventures (Susan Lyne and Nisha Dua)
  6. BDC Capital Women in Technology (WIT) Fund
  7. Bootstrap Capital
  8. BRAVA Investments
  9. Chloe Capital (Chloe Capital)
  10. Cleo Capital
  11. Cross Culture Ventures
  12. Female Founders Fund (Female Founders Fund)
  13. Gingerbread Capital
  14. Gotham Gal Ventures
  15. Halogen Ventures
  16. Harlem Capital (Harlem Capital Partners)
  17. The Helm
  18. Impact NH Fund
  19. Intel Capital Diversity Fund
  20. InvestHer Ventures
  21. JANE.vc
  22. Jump Canon
  23. Karmijn Kapitaal
  24. Launch with GS
  25. LDR Ventures
  26. Luna Cap Ventures
  27. Merian Ventures
  28. New Age Capital (New Age Capital)
  29. Next Wave Impact
  30. Pique Ventures
  31. Pivotal Ventures
  32. Plum Alley (Plum Alley)
  33. Red Capital Partners
  34. Reign Ventures
  35. Reinventure Capital
  36. Rethink Impact
  37. Shatter Fund
  38. SoGal Ventures (SoGal Ventures)
  39. Springboard Growth Capital (Kay Koplovitz)
  40. Sybilla Masters Fund
  41. Texas Women Ventures
  42. The Billion Dollar Fund for Women’s Fund Partners
  43. True Wealth Ventures (Sara T Brand)
  44. Victress Capital (Victress Capital)
  45. WE Fund
  46. Women’s Venture Capital Fund
  47. Canadian Government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund and Women Entrepreneurship Fund
  48. WXR Fund (The WXR Venture Fund)
  49. XFactor Ventures (XFactor Ventures)
  50. XXelerate Fund

VC Funds Led by Female Partners

  1. 11.2 Capital
  2. Aligned Partners
  3. Aspect Ventures (Aspect Ventures)
  4. Astarte Ventures
  5. BackingMinds (BackingMinds)
  6. Bloomberg Beta
  7. Boston Seed
  8. Breakout Ventures
  9. Brilliant Ventures
  10. Converge (Converge)
  11. Cowboy Ventures (Cowboy Ventures)
  12. Day One Ventures
  13. Define Ventures ( Lynne Chou-O’Keefe)
  14. Forerunner Ventures (Forerunner Ventures)
  15. Hustle Fund
  16. Illuminate Ventures (Cindy Padnos)
  17. Impact America Fund
  18. Katalyst Ventures
  19. Longevity Fund
  20. Magnetic Ventures
  21. MILA Capital
  22. Moderne Ventures
  23. Reach Capital (Reach Capital)
  24. Relentless Venture Fund
  25. Rivet Ventures
  26. Spero Ventures (Spero Ventures)
  27. Starvest Partners
  28. Supernode Ventures (Supernode Ventures)
  29. Valor Ventures
  30. Westlake Village BioPartners

Crowdfunding for Women-Led Companies

  1. Arya Women (Turkey)
  2. AWE Ventures
  3. iFundWomen (iFundWomen)
  4. TheNextWomen Crowd Fund(Europe, The Next Women)

Tech, Services, Content for Women-Led Companies

  1. Hello Alice (Alice)
  2. Diversify Tech
  3. Femstreet
  4. Hastartuptiot
  5. Let’s Get to 51%
  6. Piloting Your Life — a Podcast by Terri Mead
  7. The GUILD (The GUILD)
  8. The Pink Ceiling
  9. The Point 25 Initiative
  10. The State of Women (Women INVESTING)
  11. Stride Ventures
  12. Ventureneer (Geri Stengel)
  13. Virago

Conferences for Entrepreneurial Women

  1. Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
  2. Female Founders Conference
  3. Female Founders Program at The Montgomery Summit
  4. Ladies Who Launch
  5. Million Dollar Women Summit
  6. SERENDIPITY by The GUILD
  7. Women @ Republic (Republic)
  8. Women Entrepreneurs Festival
  9. Women Who Tech

Developing Women Tech Talent

  1. Baot by Extend
  2. Bella Minds
  3. Black Girls Code
  4. Code First: Girls
  5. CODE2040 (Code2040)
  6. Girl Develop It (Girl Develop It | GDI)
  7. Girls Who Code (Girls Who Code)
  8. Hackbright Academy (Hackbright Academy)
  9. mBolden
  10. PowerToFly (PowerToFly)
  11. Queen B
  12. Rails Girls TLV
  13. She Codes
  14. TechGirlz (TechGirlz)
  15. Venture for America (Venture For America)
  16. Women In Product
  17. Women Who Code (Women Who Code)

Developing Young Women Entrepreneurs

  1. GirlMade

I’m the VP @ Springboard, a venture catalyst and premier global network of women innovators transforming industries. Follow me at @joshuahenderson or joshuahenderson.com and find Springboard at sb.co. If you enjoyed this article, please click below to recommend it.