Angel Investors Looking for Women Entrepreneurs Now!
Check out this listing of women’s investor circles (or groups specifically interested in investing in women entrepreneurs) and find the perfect one to help accelerate your business!
(listed alphabetically by region)
Kenya and Southern Africa
- Kenya Women Investment Company: This group of female investors in eastern and southern Africa invests primarily in real estate to help provide financial independence to its shareholders and to help influence economic development.
- Kenya Women Microfinance Bank Limited (KWFT), a product of Kenya Women Holding: KWFT is the largest regulated financial institution in Africa that serves only women. It provides savings and loan products to more than 600,000 clients and has a bold mission to partner with poor women and help them create wealth.
- The Women’s Investment Fund: As Nigeria’s first and only gender-specific investment fund, WIF launched in 2008 with the goal to encourage an investment culture among women, advance the financial and entrepreneurial position of women in Nigeria and help women-owned businesses. WIF is managed by the Chapel Hill Denham Group, which has offices in Nigeria and Ghana. For more info on the fund, send an email to email@example.com.
- Women’s Investment Portfolio Holding Limited: The Women’s Investment Portfolio is an investment company that is owned and managed by black women in South Africa. Focused on mining, infrastructure and financial services, it is the first women’s group to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
- Angel Investor Network Indonesia, a program of GEPI: ANGIN is an angel investor group focusing on promoting female entrepreneurs and empowering women to increase overall participation in the Indonesian economy. ANGIN provides seed funding between US$10K and US$50K, mentorship, and networking for early-stage businesses. Funding is either in the form of equity, no-obligation interest or collateral/guarantee.
- Aspire: The Women’s Enterprise Task Force lobbied the British government for a women’s investment fund, and they won. Aspire is run by Capital for Enterprise LTD. To qualify for an investment, you must be incorporated in the UK, fit within the EU definition of a small, medium enterprise (SME) and maintain operations in the UK.
- Incito Ventures: This female-focused investor network dedicates social impact funds to support female entrepreneurs and early-stage enterprises. They also offer a social impact accelerator. If you wish to submit your business plan for the accelerator, or would just like more information, email Mark Bickford, Senior Fund Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01276 607304.
- Investing Women: Investing Women is a growing community of high-net-worth women and women entrepreneurs intended to grow the Scottish economy, build investment knowledge and access for women and encourage and support scalable businesses.
- 37 Angels: 37 Angels invests between $50K and $150K of seed capital in early-stage ventures. It holds pitch forums five times a year. Deadline to apply is April 1.
- Astia: This innovative, global not-for-profit organization propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses around the world. Companies can be female-led or male-led, but they must be valued between $2 million and $5 million and be looking to raise between $500K and $1 million. Applications should include a 1-2 page executive summary with specific talking points outlined on website.
- Golden Seeds: Golden Seeds members and its venture funds have invested over $60 million in high-potential, women-led businesses. Golden Seeds charges a non-refundable $100 fee to review and consider your application. Applications are generally reviewed for two weeks. All applicants receive a reply, and many will be asked to attend a screening meeting at one of their locations (New York, Boston or Silicon Valley).
- Pax World Global Women’s Equality Fund: This global equity fund seeks to grow capital over the long term by investing in the common and/or preferred stock of companies that are leaders in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Pipeline Fellowship: This angel-investing boot camp for women investors accepts applications around the country. They also hold Pitch Summits at the end of each boot camp for U.S.-based, female-led for-profits with a social and/or environmental mission. There is a non-refundable $40 application fee to participate in the summit.
- Springboard Enterprises: Springboard invests in women-led, high-growth technology-oriented companies. Springboard’s accelerator programs, which have so far raised $6.2 billion, have industry-specific or geographic-specific criteria.
- The JumpFund: A new fund launching this year, The JumpFund invests women’s capital in early-stage, female-led LLC or C-corporations in Chattanooga, TN or the southeast region of the U.S. Although it is not a requirement, they encourage entrepreneurs to consider doing business in Chattanooga where they are based. Apply year-round.
- Women’s Donor Network: WDN members individually and collectively give away close to $200 million a year to advance the movement for social change. At least $25K goes to progressive nonprofits, issues and causes annually.
- Women’s Venture Capital Fund: With a focus on investments in digital media (software solutions, mobile products, social media and digital content) and environmental sustainability, Women’s Venture Capital Fund likes early-stage companies based on the west coast that can scale quickly.
To increase your chances of finding individual angels not be a part of a specific network, check out these listing services:
- Angel List: Angel List is a robust platform for startups and angel investors to connect with each other.
- Angel Investment Network: Angel Investment Network is a web-based, London-based matching service for angel investors seeking investment opportunities and entrepreneurs seeking capital.
- Max Impact: Max Impact is an impact investing network designed to increase the depth and effectiveness of impact investment across the globe. It operates as a secure listing service that allows entrepreneurs, intermediaries and funders to share information about impact investment deals online. (Note: girltank is a partner with a page on the site.)
- WeXchange: WeXchange unlocks the potential of women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean with opportunities to meet and pitch to investors at their annual conference. The conference offers workshops, conferences, networking and a pitch competition.
Female Angels and Investors to Know
You can also research individuals by checking out these lists:
- “105 Female Investors You Should Know” (from Tech Cocktail)
- “Female Investors” (from The Next Women)
(Did we miss any angel or venture capital funds or connectors focused on women entrepreneurs? If so, let us know at email@example.com. We’d love to build a comprehensive list to help women around the world attract funding.)
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