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15 resources for female entrepreneurs

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today, as we celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of women worldwide, we also reflect on the often complex journey of innovation. For entrepreneurs, it can often be a difficult path to navigate. At L Marks, we recognise the vital role women play in driving innovation forward. Through our range of programmes, we empower and support female entrepreneurs each step of the way. We’ve also curated 15 valuable resources to help you find the network you need to succeed.

5 female oriented VC’s: 

  • Women in VC: The world’s largest global community for women in venture capital to connect, collaborate, and create new opportunities.
  • WOCstar Fund: WOCstar Fund is an early-stage investment fund focused on women of colour tech startups.
  • Serena Ventures: Serena Ventures focuses on early-stage companies, allowing them to be heard. Serena Ventures extends relationships, encourages collaboration among portfolio companies, and expands partnership opportunities across my vast network.
  • HearstLab: HearstLab provides cash investment and services to early-stage, women-led startups innovating across enterprise technology, data analytics, health, fintech, transportation and media. Portfolio companies also benefit from the strategic guidance and resource support of HearstLab Scouts, women leaders across Hearst who share their networks and expertise.
  • Female Investors Network: FIN offers monthly digital Lunch & Learn events, networking meetings, introductions and networking with founding teams, startup audits and more visibility

“Female entrepreneurs bring another level of interacting in business. While often having to work twice as hard to create that space, every single one of them has an amazing powerful story behind their venture.”

– Sian Winfield, Business Coach

5 Programmes supporting female entrepreneurs:

  • The Break Fellowship: A +7000€ worth fellowship programme funded by the EU calling for 280 diverse, creative and collaborative women entrepreneurs and freelancers in the EU.
  • Womenture: pre-accelerator programme aimed at reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape for women across Europe
  • Women Entrepreneurs 4 Good: annual accelerator programme, supporting women entrepreneurs with high-potential ideas in alignment with the European Green Deal strategy.
  • UN She Innovates Global Programme: She Innovates Global Programme aims to support women in innovation by providing access to development tools, programmes, and resources.
  • EIC Women Leadership Programme: The European Innovation Council (EIC), in partnership with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is offering a skills enhancement and networking programme for women researchers and entrepreneurs, the Women Leadership Programme (WLP). 

“Starting as a lone woman in tech, I never felt isolated, but rather empowered by the diverse teams I joined. Witnessing the rise of remarkable women around me, I was struck by their strength and leadership potential. These global figures, balancing families, careers and studies, navigated challenges head-on and emerged as inspiring founders, leaders and experts from the US to Asia. Their journeys prove that with the right support, women in tech can not only thrive but truly change the world. Let’s empower them further through mentorship, resources, and a commitment to building a more inclusive tech landscape, one where their brilliance can truly shine.”

– Dina Karakash, Mentor

5 funds/GRANTS supporting women:

  • Tech4EVA: A global FemTech community and a 6-month equity-free FemTech start-up acceleration programme for companies developing innovative solutions to improve technologies relating to women’s health with international reach.
  • Female Founders Fund: An early-stage fund investing in the next generation of transformational technology companies founded by women.
  • Tory Burch Foundation: The Tory Burch Foundation empowers women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education and community
  • Amber Grant: Amber Grant awards $2000 grants monthly from women-owned businesses
  • The Freed Fellowship Grant: The Freed Fellowship helps small business owners get the resources, mentorship, and community they need to build successful companies that make an impact.

networking events in March