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The evolution of women in entrepreneurship has some of the best, brightest and most influential at our side, taking a stand for progress and smart economics. But finding these powerful resources is often easier said than done. I am regularly asked, “Where do I find help with…?” So I am building and organizing a list to help you easily find valuable resources.

Funding (Financial Capital)

Astia

Astia’s model is designed to change the way our ecosystem looks at and evaluates high potential organizations, increasing the recognition of and investment into women entrepreneurs and their teams.

http://astia.org/

BBG Ventures

BBG Ventures is an early stage fund focused on consumer internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder.

http://www.bbgventures.com/

Bond Street

Entrepreneurs are the foundation for growth in our economy and yet today’s banking system has left them behind. We’re building a better future where acces to capital is simple, transparent and fair.

https://bondstreet.com/

Female Founders Fund

Women experience greater success – and fewer failures – than their male counterparts. Yet traditional venture capital does not reflect this. Female Founders Fund was founded to change that.

http://femalefoundersfund.com/

Female Funders

We help women get funded. We empower angel investors to write their first check and give female founders the tools, access and confidence they need to raise.

https://www.femalefunders.com/

Golden Seeds

One of the nation’s most active early stage investment firms. Golden Seeds is focused on the vibrant opportunities of women-led businesses.

http://www.bbgventures.com/

Halogen Ventures

Halogen Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund focused on female founded consumer technologies.

http://halogenvc.com/

Intel Capital Diversity Fund

The Intel Capital Diversity Fund is the largest venture capital fund ever created to focus on female and underrepresented minority entrepreneurs.

http://www.intelcapital.com/advantage/diversity-fund.html

LINC by the Small Business Administration

Connecting Borrowers with SBA approved lenders.

https://www.sba.gov/tools/linc

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The SBA has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

https://www.sba.gov/

Springboard Enterprises

Springboard is a highly vetted network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women.

https://sb.co/

The Vinetta Project

We source high potential female founders with proven business models and offer them unprecedented access to proprietary events, resources, exclusive networks, and capital from vetted investors.

http://www.vinettaproject.com/

True Wealth Ventures

True Wealth Ventures is a venture capital firm designed to invest in women-led companies with products and technologies in the consumer health and sustainable consumer sectors that more efficiently address the next generation of challenges.

http://truewealthinnovations.com/

Mentoring & Support

Empower Women

Empowering Women in dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential by inspiring both women and men to become advocates, change makers, and leaders in their community. We equip them with resources, opportunities and a global platform that facilitates networking, learning and sharing experiences.

https://www.empowerwomen.org/en

Entrepreneurs Daily

Motivation from one entrepreneur to another. @entrepreneurdly

https://twitter.com/entrepreneurdly

Female Founder Stories

Female Founder Stories is a collection of interviews with some of Y Combinator’s female alumni. Learn about thing like how they got started, their experience as female founders, their experience at Y Combinator, and what they wish they’d known when they were younger.

http://www.femalefounderstories.com/

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs

Programs and events at FWE are designed to support and mentor women who are venturing into new business opportunities or are ready to ramp up and grow their existing business. From startup advice to specific tips and tricks, FWE leaders, advisors and business professionals are ready to share their expertise.

http://www.fwe.ca/

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over 50 years. Because our work is supported by the Small Business Administrations, and thanks to or 11,000 volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no or very low cost.

https://www.score.org/

Small Giants

Small Giants is a community committed to the development of values-driven business leaders. We take entrepreneurs on a journey, supporting them at each step of the way with the resources, events, mentorship and connections needed to take their business to the next level and make their vision a reality.

https://www.smallgiants.org/

We Festival

The Women’s Entrepreneur Festival is a premier event organization solely committed to bringing women entrepreneurs together to connect and be heard – to support and inspire each other to be impactful leaders and to propel their businesses forward.

https://wefestival.com/

Women Evolution

Helping women take ownership of their careers by teaching them the tangilble skills to be more confident, engaged and equipped.

http://womenevolution.org/

Women in Leadership Conference

Women in Leadership is an annual conference to empower women in business to achieve their greatest potential.

http://www.wilconference.org/

Partnership and Networks (Social Capital)

American Business Women’s Association

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, and networking support. ABWA offers national organization with local connection.

http://www.abwa.org/pages/abwa-home-page

Ellevate Network

Ellevate Network’s mission is to help women advance in the workplace, both for themselves and the greater good. We strive to change the culture of business from the inside out – by investing in women.

https://www.ellevatenetwork.com/

eWomenNetwork

eWomenNetwork is a premier women’s business network. We have a dynamic and diversified culture that celebrates the brilliance of women entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate professionals.

https://new.ewomennetwork.com/

The Founding Moms

Helping moms get down to businesses. The Founding Moms is the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs.

https://foundingmoms.com/

Ladies Who Launch

Victoria Colligan started Ladies Who Launch to provide inspiration and advice to women entrepreneurs during a time when little attention was being paid to their challenges and successes. Victoria and her team built a network of more than 10,000 women and a brand that reached millions through free events, workshops, expert advice and the books Victoria authored to share her learnings from thousands of interviews with women in business.

http://ladieswholaunch.com/

Mogul

Share information with women worldwide. Reach 18 million women per week. Connect, share information and access knowledge from each other.

https://onmogul.com/

National Association of Women Business Owners

Founded in 1975, The National Association for Women Business Owners is the unified voice of over 9 million women business owners in the U.S. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing all women entrepreneurs, with chapters across the country.

https://nawbo.org/

The Crave Company

The Crave Company brings women together to collaborate in business, comingle about life and co-storm to create community.

http://thecravecompany.com/

The Heart Link Network

The Heart Link Network is dedicated to encouraging and empowering women small business professionals to create heartfelt, meaningful relationships with one another that will in turn strengthen their communities.

http://www.theheartlinknetwork.com/

The Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community actively educating, inspiring and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities.

https://www.startupgrind.com/

Women Presidents Organization

The WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents, CEOs and managing directors of privately-held multi-million dollar companies.

https://www.womenpresidentsorg.com/

women2.0

Women 2.0 is the world’s largest brand designed for the next generation of technology leaders. We take an action-oriented approach to directly address the pipeline from all sides: hiring, founding, investing and leading. Our mission is to create and support a future built by women, where gender is not a factor at play.

http://women2.com/

Young Entrepreneurs Organization

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once in a lifetime experiences, and connections to experts.

https://www.eonetwork.org/

Progress & Policy

BusinessUSA

Too often, interactions with the government are burdensome and frustrating. From seeking out financing opportunities to learning about the latest regulations, hard-working businesses are spending too much time navigating the federal bureaucracy. BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them.

https://business.usa.gov/

National Women’s Conference

An empowerment conference that addresses social, economic, cultural and political challenges that women experience through an interactive agenda.

http://nationalwomensconference.com/

The Small Business Council

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council is an influential voice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. We focus on advancing policy and initiatives that encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth.

http://sbecouncil.org/

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce gives voice to the collective strength of women in the economy. Using a platform of influence, innovation and opportunity, we work with and for our members to grow successful businesses and careers.

http://uswcc.org/

Women Impacting Public Policy

The voice for women in business in our nation’s capitol. WIPP is non-partisan public policy organization that advocates for an on behalf of women business owners in the legislative process of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations.

http://www.wipp.org/

Womenable

Womenable’s mission is to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide. We work with the stewards of women’s entrepreneurship – policy makers, multi-lateral organizations, corporate decision makers, entrepreneurial support organizations, and the women’s business community – on efforts that will result in a better environment for the creation and growth of women-owned enterprises.

http://www.womenable.com/

Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Media Center – founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem – has the goal of making women visible and powerful in the media. The Women’s Media Center shows you what you don’t see. If you can see it, you can be it.

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/content

Skill Building & Education (Human Capital)

Bizwomen

Thought leadership and news for women in business.

http://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen

The Chic CEO

At Chic CEO you’ll find easy to understand, easy to implement business knowledge in its most basic form. Best of all, you’ll find other women who are willing to share their advice and experiences, simply because someone else did the same for them.

http://www.chic-ceo.com/

500 Startups

Diversity isn’t just a strategy or a tactic. It’s who we are. With our 4 month accelerator program, you’ll get access to awesome mentorship, hands-on sessions with startup experts, and a great office space where you’ll work with other smart, talented founders from around the world.

http://500.co/

Association of Women’s Business Centers

The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of more than 100 women’s business centers. WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 140,000 women entrepreneurs each year.

http://awbc.org/

Circular Board

Circular Board is a collaborative accelerator for growth-oriented female entrepreneurs who lead or aspire to build businesses with multi-million dollar revenues. We support women in business around the world through content, mentorship, community and capital, and connect founders to the resources they need to fuel growth.

https://www.thecircularboard.com/

DELL Women’s Entrepreneur Initiatives

DELL is connecting female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge and technology, giving them the power to do more.

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/women-powering-business

Enterprising Women

Enterprising Women readers dare to think big, make the leap and then follow their dreams. Are you an enterprising woman? Then Enterprising Women was written just for you.

https://enterprisingwomen.com/

Forte’ Foundation

The Forte’ Foundation is advancing businesswomen with $110 million in fellowships to 5,000+ MBA women and an organization with over 75,000 members. They are a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into significant, fulfilling careers through access to business education, opportunities and a community of successful women.

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services.

http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/US/

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women

Goldmans Sachs’ 10,000 Women is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital.

http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000women/

Grow Her Business

Offered by the National Women’s Business Council, Grow Her Business supports women entrepreneurs commitment to growing their businesses by providing information on nearly 200 resources to help along the way. Use this site to make strategic decision about what resources to use, and when to use them to stay on track at each step.

https://womenbizinfo.sites.usa.gov/

Hello Alice

Connecting founders with the resources they need to scale, curating mentors, events, tools and resources that are right for your business.

https://helloalice.com/

Hello Fearless

Hello Fearless is The School for Female Entrepreneurs created to help women start, grow and scale companies, while unleashing their full potential as women. Our online educational platform provides women with breakthrough entrepreneurial and personal growth training from the world’s leading experts, mentorship opportunities, best in class resources, in-depth online courses and a supportive community to help them accelerate their business and lives to the next level.

http://hellofearless.com/

Her Corner

Her Corner is a 6-month, in-person accelerator program that meets as a group once a month for a full day. The accelerator locations are currently Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, PA.

https://hercorner.org/

Julia Pimsleur

Entrepreneur, author and creator of a proven master class to help women entrepreneurs reach the $1M revenue mark.

http://www.juliapimsleur.com/

Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation’s vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their community. In service of this vision, their focus in on education and entrepreneurship. It is among the largest private foundations in the U.S. with an asset base of $2 billion.

http://www.kauffman.org/

Merge Lane

Merge Lane discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run.

http://mergelane.com/

On The Dot Woman

On The Dot is the only newsletter of its kind that, at a click of a button, lets you listen to the latest news, stories and commentary about women in business while you focus on your morning routine.

http://www.onthedotwoman.com/

Savor the Success

Savor the Success is a virtual business school, community center and wellness lifestyle hub for women entrepreneurs, makers and creators.

http://join.savorthesuccess.com/

Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center

SBA Women’s Business Centers represent a national network of 100 educational centers throughout the U.S., which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses.

https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/wbc

Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Centers provide assistance to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive.

https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc

U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

USASBE is an inclusive community advancing entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship and practice.

http://www.usasbe.org/?

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

The WBENC is a non-profit organization with the mission to be the leader in women’s business development through access to opportunities by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses. Certification is the cornerstone of WBENC’s value proposition, and its certification standard is the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses.

http://www.wbenc.org/

Women Entrepreneur

News and articles about women entrepreneurs.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/women-entrepreneurs

Women Entrepreneur Institute

Backed by research and findings from leading institutions on women business owners, WEI’s primary goals are to provide: workspace, advanced technology, support, networks, metrics and post-incubation support to its community of emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs.

http://www.weiatlanta.com/

Women@Forbes

From tech and entreprenuers, to leadership and lifestyle, discover the Women@Forbes who are starting up, starting over, and sharing their successes.

https://www.forbes.com/women-at-forbes/#46138caf5d9a

Women’s Startup Lab

A year-long program kicked off with 2 weeks intensive residential program in Silicon Valley with only 9 awesome founders at a time.

http://www.womenstartuplab.com/

Women Taking the Lead

The goal of Women Taking the Lead is to inspire women from humble beginnings to overcome self-doubt, so that they can lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor. We help entrepreneurial minded women who want to Go Big, to develop the confidence to stand out in a crowd.

https://womentakingthelead.com/

Y Combinator

Y Combinator created a new model for funding early stage startups. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money in a large number of startups. The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we intensively work with them to get the company in the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors.

http://www.ycombinator.com/

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