We’re Increasing Investment in Women-Owned Companies

The Startup Ladies Fund provides seed grants to members seeking funding to prove out a scalable business concept.  Proving out a concept eliminates investment risk down the road because you validate customer wants and needs early on.  Awards may be applied to: product prototyping, wire-framing, technology design and development, and manufacturing a first run of a product to collect feedback from customers.  


We understand that many first-time entrepreneurs do not have established networks of angel investors to tap into.  Nor do they have friends and family with the financial capacity to invest thousands of dollars into a startup.  This Fund provides grant dollars to women founders who may not have access to an established network of angel investors.


Applicants must be able to articulate the following:


  1. Define the problem.

  2. Explain how your company is providing a solution to the problem that you’ve identified.

  3. Explain how a prototype will allow you to collect customer feedback that will prepare you for manufacturing or a tech build.


$100 from every “Investor” and “Support Services” membership is allocated to The Startup Ladies Fund. Grant amounts are based on the number of memberships closed within a grant cycle.  


If more people invested in startups at this stage, it would grow the pipeline for angel investment firms around the world.


Applications are rolling and grants will be made twice a year.