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Fueling Female Founders: Early Stage Venture Funds to Know

Whether 2021 is your year to launch your business or your next great idea is still percolating, it’s always good to know where to look when you need a little help (read: $$$) to get your dreams off the ground.  

Research shows that companies with female founders perform 63 percent better than startups with all-male founders. And yet, according to Crunchbase, women only receive about 3 percent of business investment. Good news, though—VC firms dedicated to funding early-stage, female-founded ventures are cropping up all across the country. 

It should come as no surprise to this community that women invest in women. In fact, female VC partners invest twice as much in female founding teams at the early stages. So, many of these “funds to know” are led by female VCs who saw a need, both for more female decision-makers at the table, and more dollars to female founder teams. 

If you’re considering raising capital, find a firm that supports ventures like your own. Take a look at each portfolio to see if your business fits within the focus represented. There are so many funds out there—which is great news for female entrepreneurs! So to get started, choose a few to really get to know. These five early stage firms might just be the perfect place for you to start. 

BBG Ventures 

New York, NY

Focused on consumer tech businesses, BBG Ventures is an early stage fund that backs imaginative, entrepreneurs who are meaningfully redefining how we work, play, and live. 

 

Female Founders Fund 

New York, NY

Female Founders Fund is a seed stage venture fund that invests exclusively in female-founded companies. We believe strongly in the exponential power of exceptional female talent. We invest in e-commerce, media, platforms, advertising and web-enabled services businesses.

 

Golden Seeds 

Atlanta, GA, and other locations throughout the U.S. 

With a chapter in the Southeast and locations across the country, Golden Seeds is a discerning group of investors who invest in women-led businesses with high potential.

 

Halogen Ventures 

Los Angeles, CA

Based on the West Coast, Halogen Ventures invests in early stage consumer technology businesses with at least one female among its founding members.

 

SoGal Ventures 

New York, NY

SoGal Ventures, part of the SoGal Foundation that supports diverse entrepreneurs, invests in early stage companies with diverse founding team members across the U.S. and in Asia. 

 

Are you a female entrepreneur who raised capital to start your business? We’d love to hear your story.

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