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North America is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage women entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Female Founder Startup Ecosystem Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v2 below! It was developed by the Founder Institute's Female Founder Initiative and it's co-creators, Rachel Sheppard, and Megan Todd.

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you a Female Founder looking to build a startup? Then apply to the Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. Elegant Entrepreneur
    2. Female Founder Initiative Newsletter
    3. Female Founder Space
    4. Female Founders Alliance Blog
    5. Female Founders Fund Blog
    6. Ladies Who Launch Newsletter
    7. Startup Digest (Diversity & Inclusion)
    8. Startup Digest (Women Entrepreneurship)
    9. Tech.co - Diversity
    10. TechCrunch Include
    11. Women 2.0
    12. Women Tech Founders Blog
    13. Women Who Startup - Blog
    14. Women Who Tech Newsletter
    15. Y Combinator - Female Founders
  • Inspirational Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. BlackByte
    2. Cosmopolitan Lesbian Society
    3. Creative Female Entrepreneurs
    4. Entrepreneur in High Heels
    5. Fearless Female Founders
    6. Feminist Hack ATX
    7. Future Founders Conference
    8. Lesbians Who Brunch - LWT NYC
    9. Project Entrepreneur
    10. Startup & Startout HackOut
    11. Startup Weekend Women
    12. StartupChicks
    13. Startups In High Heels
    14. TC Sessions: Justice 2021
    15. TechFam
    16. Techqueria
    17. WiSE24
    18. Women in Product Conference
    19. Women Techmakers
    20. WomenTech Global Conference
    21. Women's Entrepreneurship Day
    22. Young Female Professionals & Entrepreneurs

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. Brown Girls in Tech
    2. ChickTech
    3. Detroit Black Tech
    4. Female Founders
    5. Founder Institute’s Female Founder Initiative
    6. Founders
    7. Ladies Who Launch
    8. Mentorkind
    9. PyLadies
    10. Startup Grind
    11. Tech Inclusion
    12. The Business of Women Entrepreneurs
    13. Women Entrepreneurs of Los Angeles
    14. Women Founders Network
    15. Women in Tech
    16. Women Tech Founders
    17. Women Tech Leaders
    18. Women Who Startup
    19. Women Who Tech
    20. Women's Startup Lab
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development organization that are either 100% focused on women, or have specific programs geared towards increasing women in entrepreneurship. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. 500 Female Forces
    2. Ada Developers Academy
    3. Advancing Women in Technology
    4. App Camp for Girls
    5. Black Female Founders
    6. Black Girls Code
    7. Bloc New Relic Bootcamp Diversity Scholarship
    8. Code Fellows
    9. Codebar
    10. CodeChix
    11. Coffee & Coded
    12. Data Science Women
    13. Dev Bootcamp
    14. Django Girls
    15. Female Founder School
    16. Female Founder Space
    17. Female Innovators Lab
    18. Founder Institute (Female Founder Fellowship) 
    19. Galvanize
    20. General Assembly
    21. Girl Develop It
    22. Girls in Tech
    23. Girls Who Code
    24. Grace Hopper Fullstack Academy
    25. Grand Circus
    26. Hack Reactor/Optimizely: I/Own It 
    27. Hackbright Academy
    28. Hear Me Code
    29. Immersion: Women Founders
    30. Launch Academy
    31. Lesbians Who Tech
    32. Metis
    33. MotherCoders
    34. NYU Female Founders Fellowship
    35. Pipeline Angels Bootcamp
    36. Rails Girls
    37. RailsBridge
    38. She's Coding
    39. Skillcrush
    40. TechGirlz
    41. The GUILD
    42. We Can Code IT
    43. Women in Big Data
    44. Women in Product
    45. Women in Tech Allies
    46. Women Who Code
    47. WomenLaunch
    48. Women's Venture Summit Ad Astra Bootcamps
    49. Women's Voices in Tech

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Beacon
    2. Black Business Women Rock
    3. Black Career Women's Network
    4. Black Female Founders
    5. CRAVE
    6. Ellevate
    7. eWomenNetwork
    8. Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide
    9. Female Founders Network
    10. Girls in Tech
    11. Hive Founders
    12. National Association of Women Business Owners
    13. Network of Entrepreneurial Women
    14. NYC Fintech Women
    15. Seattle Latino/a Networking Professionals Meetup Group
    16. Sophisticated Women with Alternative Goals
    17. The Female Entrepreneurs Network
    18. The GUILD
    19. The Queens Business Networking Group
    20. The Women's Entrepreneurial Network
    21. TheLatinaPro: The Latina Professional Network in Miami
    22. WiNGs
    23. Women 2.0
    24. Women Who Cowork
    25. WomenTech Network
    26. Women's Power Networking
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build (i.e. hackahons and other builder-focussed evens and resources).
    1. AthenaHacks 2021
    2. Black Girls CODE Hackathon
    3. Brown Girls in Tech Hackathons
    4. Double Union
    5. FemmeHacks
    6. Hack The Paygap
    7. Hackermoms
    8. Hacking for Diversity & Inclusion in Tech
    9. Inclusive Tech Hub
    10. Pearl Hacks
    11. Prototype PGH
    12. Tech Lady Hackathon
    13. Technica All Women Hackathon
    14. The Women's Center for Creative Work
    15. UA Women's+ Hackathon
    16. WiCHacks
    17. WiCS Hacks 2021
    18. WiDS 2021 Datathon
    19. Women Techmakers Hackathons
    20. Women Who Code Hackathon Atlanta

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Law firms & banks for startups with programs specifically targeting minorities in startups
    1. Adrienne B. Haynes ESQ
    2. Baker Donelson
    3. Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC
    4. Cooley
    5. Davis Wright Tremaine
    6. DLA Piper
    7. Dorsey and Whitney
    8. Hanson Bridgett LLP
    9. Herwitz Law
    10. Hinshaw and Culbertson
    11. Hogan Lovells
    12. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    13. Kabbage
    14. KMR Law Group
    15. Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
    16. Lewis Rice
    17. LiftFund
    18. Littler Mendelson P.C.
    19. Meyer Law
    20. Paladin
    21. PNC
    22. Quarles & Brady LLP
    23. Reed Smith LLP
    24. Richards, Layton & Finger
    25. Schiff Hardin LLP
    26. Sidley Austin LLP
    27. Silicon Valley Bank
    28. Smith Shapourian Mignano PC
    29. SRD Legal Group
    30. SunTrust Bank
    31. Union Bank
    32. TD Bank
    33. The Law Offices of Kelly D. Shapiro
    34. WE Legal
    35. White & Case LLP
    36. WilmerHale
    37. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces with programs specifically targeting minorities in startups
    1. Charley Co.
    2. Collective615
    3. coworkHERS
    4. Double Union
    5. EvolveHer
    6. Hera Hub
    7. Impact Hub
    8. JoyCo
    9. Modernwell
    10. New Women Space
    11. Paper Dolls
    12. RISE
    13. Sesh Coworking
    14. She Works Collective
    15. SheSpace
    16. Sky Oro
    17. The Assembly
    18. The Coven
    19. The Emerald
    20. The Hivery
    21. The Nook
    22. The Perlene
    23. The Riveter
    24. The Wing
    25. The Women's Center for Creative Work
    26. Thrive
    27. WeWork
    28. Women in Tandem

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups, with programs sspecifically targeting minorities in startups  
    1. AccountHer
    2. Amy Northard, CPA
    3. And One Marketing
    4. Andiamo Creative
    5. Bechtel CPA
    6. Blue Daring
    7. Brainchild Studios
    8. Carminati Consulting
    9. Creative Juice
    10. Crossfire Consulting
    11. Denny Mountain Media
    12. Employers Advantage
    13. Enthuse Marketing
    14. FlexProfessionals
    15. JLM HR Consulting
    16. Kruze Consulting
    17. Marcum
    18. Metalogix
    19. Moxy Accounting
    20. Navitance
    21. Pacific Crest Group
    22. Redhead Web Design
    23. Singlebrook
    24. Spinelli CPA
    25. Tech Ladies
    26. The Sax Agency
    27. Weller Consulting
    28. Witty Kitty
  • Prepare for Seed: Incubatorss and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup TEAMS)
    1. AccelerateHER
    2. ARA
    3. Beam
    4. Bridge for Billions
    5. Change Catalyst
    6. Connect All
    7. digitalundivided
    8. Female Founders First
    9. FemGems Club
    10. Halo Incubator
    11. HerCorner
    12. Kota Alliance
    13. Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
    14. The Refinery
    15. WESST
    16. Women's Business Incubator
    17. Youngstown Business Incubator Women in Entrepreneurship Program

C. Launch

  • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. 1871 Women Influence Chicago Accelerator
    2. Aviatra Accelerators
    3. DivInc
    4. EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women
    5. Female Founders Alliance Accelerator
    6. Female Founders Fund
    7. Get Sh!t Done Accelerator
    8. Google for Startups: Women Founders Accelerator
    9. Hello Alice
    10. MergeLane
    11. NewME
    12. Prosper
    13. Springboard
    14. Stella Labs Business Accelerator
    15. Techstars
    16. The Capital Network Fellowship for Female Founders
    17. TUMML
    18. Women's Startup Lab Accelerator
    19. XXCELERATE Fund
    20. Y Combinator
  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase startups for investment.
    1. 1776NY’s Women’s Demo Day
    2. Equalize 2021
    3. Golden Seeds Office Hours 
    4. KiwiTech Female Founders Demo Day
    5. Pipeline Angels Pitch Summit
    6. The Capital Network Female Founders Demo Day
    7. WiSE24
    8. Women 2.0 Female Founder Pitch Competition
    9. Women Founders 2021
    10. Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Competition
    11. Women Founders Represent
    12. Women's Venture Summit Pitch Competition

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
    1. 37 Angels
    2. Allraise
    3. ASTIA
    4. Beam Angel Network
    5. Broadway Angels
    6. Elpha
    7. Female Angel Investor
    8. Female Funders
    9. Girl Capital
    10. Golden Seeds
    11. Impact America Fund
    12. JumpFund
    13. Northern New England Women's Investor Network
    14. Pipeline Angels
    15. Portfolia
    16. SoGal
    17. Startup Runway
    18. The Marathon Foundation
    19. Topstone Angels
    20. Women Investors & Founders Summit
    21. Women's Capital Connection
    22. Women's Venture Summit
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
    1. Advocate
    2. Bizwomen
    3. Black Enterprise Magazine
    4. Bustle
    5. Diversity Inc.
    6. Diversity Woman
    7. Enterprising Women
    8. ForbesWomen
    9. Girlboss
    10. Latin Business News
    11. Lean In
    12. Lioness Magazine
    13. Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine
    14. Professional Woman's Magazine
    15. Refinery29
    16. Sass Magazine
    17. The Everygirl
    18. Women Entrepreneur
    19. Women Leadership Magazine
    20. Women's Business Daily
    21. YFS Magazine

B. Funding

  • Women Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs. 
    1. Aileen Lee
    2. Alicia Syrett
    3. Allison Thoreson Bhusri
    4. Alyse Killeen
    5. Amy Banse
    6. Amy Lameyer
    7. Amy Nam McCullough
    8. Ana Díaz-Hernández
    9. Anarghya Vardhana
    10. Andrea Barrica
    11. Andrea Zurek
    12. Angela Lee
    13. Ann Lamont
    14. Ann Miura-Ko
    15. Anu Duggal
    16. Arian Simone
    17. Arlan Hamilton
    18. Beth Seidenberg
    19. Bonnie Beeman
    20. Brianne Kimmel
    21. Caterina Fake
    22. Christine Hahn
    23. Christine Lu
    24. Christine Tsai
    25. Deborah Jackson
    26. Edith Dorsen
    27. Elizabeth Galbut
    28. Hope Cochran
    29. Jenny Lee
    30. Jess Lee
    31. Julianne Brands
    32. Kirsten Green
    33. Lauren Flanagan
    34. Martina Welkhoff
    35. Mary Meeker
    36. Masha Drokova
    37. Megan Quinn
    38. Pocket Sun
    39. Rebecca Lynn
    40. Sandra Stone
    41. Sarah Kunst
    42. Shradha Agarwal
    43. Stephanie Palmeri
    44. Talia Goldberg
    45. Theresia Gouw
    46. Tina Eskridge
    47. Tina Sharkey
    48. Trish Costello
    49. Vivy Chao
    50. Xandra Laskowski 
  • General/ Other Diversity Angels 
    1. Aydin Senkut
    2. Benjamin Ling
    3. Chamath Palihapitiya
    4. David Lee
    5. Dharmesh Shah
    6. Harj Taggar
    7. Jerry Yang
    8. Max Levchin
    9. Naval Ravikant
    10. Ram Shriram
    11. Steve Chen
  • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond (Women Organizations)
    1. 11.2 Capital
    2. AmplifyHer Ventures
    3. Aspect Ventures
    4. Aviatra Accelerators
    5. Backstage Capital
    6. BBG Ventures
    7. Belle Capital
    8. Bumble Fund
    9. Chloe Capital
    10. Cleo Capital
    11. Cowboy Ventures
    12. Day One Ventures
    13. DYVVYD
    14. FEARLESS FUND
    15. Female Founders Fund
    16. Fika Ventures
    17. Forerunner Ventures
    18. Glasswing Ventures
    19. Halogen Ventures
    20. Illuminate Ventures
    21. Intel Capital
    22. January Ventures
    23. JumpStart Focus Fund
    24. Merian Ventures
    25. New Voices Fund
    26. Plum Alley Investments
    27. Rethink Impact
    28. Rev1 Ventures
    29. SoGal Ventures
    30. StarVest Partners
    31. The WXR Venture Fund
    32. Urban Innovation Fund
    33. Valor Ventures
    34. Women’s VC Fund II
    35. Worklife Ventures 
  • General/ Other Diversity Organizations
    1. Blue Run Ventures
    2. Catalyst Fund
    3. Felicis Ventures
    4. Floodgate
    5. Kapor Capital
    6. Lowercase Capital
    7. Ribbit Capital
    8. Sequoia
    9. Social Capital
    10. Uncork Capital

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance, with programs specifically targeting minorities in startups.
    1. 42Floors
    2. Allstate
    3. Astron Solutions
    4. Athena Alliance 
    5. Atlanta Life
    6. Breather
    7. Cigna Health Insurance
    8. Esurance
    9. General Liability Insurance
    10. Globalization Partners
    11. Instant Offices
    12. JER HR Group
    13. LoopNet
    14. MetLife
    15. Nationwide Insurance
    16. New York Life Insurance Company
    17. OfficeFinder
    18. Out2Enroll
    19. Phillip Rush Center
    20. Regus
    21. Sava Insurance Group
    22. SF LGBT Center
    23. Shaw HR Consulting
    24. State Farm
    25. TechSpace
    26. The Hartford
    27. Turnkey Office Space
  • Expansion: Growth accelerators and consultants, with programs sspecifically targeting minoritiess in startups (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Accenture
    2. AWL Strategies
    3. Bain & Company
    4. Booz Allen Hamilton
    5. Boston Consulting Group
    6. Deloitte
    7. Dynamic Pro
    8. Ernst & Young
    9. Gartner
    10. Her Corner
    11. ILLUME Advising
    12. Kearney
    13. KPMG
    14. L.E.K. Consulting
    15. Luminous
    16. McKinsey & Company
    17. Proko Consulting
    18. PwC
    19. Rebel & Reason
    20. Royal Consulting Firm

4. Female Founder Success Stories

Notable technology companies that were founded by women, or currently have a female CEO. 

  1. Accompany
  2. Affectiva
  3. AppDynamics
  4. Apple Pie Capital 
  5. Bebo
  6. Before Brands
  7. Birchbox
  8. Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce)
  9. Bumble
  10. Care.com
  11. CEEK
  12. Cisco
  13. ClassPass
  14. Ellevest
  15. Eventbrite
  16. ezCater
  17. Fashwire
  18. Femasys
  19. Fetch Robotics
  20. Flickr
  21. Front
  22. General Dynamics
  23. Glossier
  24. Grokker
  25. IBM
  26. inDinero
  27. Instacart
  28. LearnVest
  29. Linkshare (acquired by Rakuten)
  30. Lively
  31. Lockheed Martin
  32. Lola
  33. Maven
  34. Meebo
  35. Nasty Gal
  36. Rent the Runway
  37. Revel Systems
  38. Shippo
  39. SlideShare
  40. Spanx
  41. SSENSE
  42. Stitch Fix
  43. Tala
  44. TaskRabbit
  45. The Muse
  46. The Real Real
  47. TheSkimm
  48. Thrive Global
  49. Tinder
  50. Uncharted Power
  51. Vida Health
  52. VMware
  53. Wildfire Interactive
  54. Zola



Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

A list of potential advisors. Successful female founders who lead the ecosystem and frequently mentor newbies. (i.e. Female leaders who have taken a leadersship position, speak at alot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc.)

  1. Amanda Bradford
  2. Angela Duckworth
  3. Anjali Sud
  4. Anne Wojcicki
  5. Anu Hariharan
  6. Arianna Huffington
  7. Ashley Merrill
  8. Emily Weiss
  9. Erika James
  10. Erin Flynn
  11. Ginni Rometty
  12. Iman Abuzeid
  13. Jasmine Crowe
  14. Jennifer Hyman
  15. Jess Mah
  16. Jessica Alba
  17. Jessica Livingston
  18. Katia Beauchamp
  19. Katrina Lake
  20. Kimberly Bryant
  21. Lisa Barnett
  22. Lisa Lewin
  23. Marissa Mayer
  24. Megan Todd
  25. Meg Whitman
  26. Melinda Gates
  27. Natalia Oberti Noguera
  28. Oprah Winfrey
  29. Payal Kadakia Pujji
  30. Rachel Sheppard
  31. Reshma Saujani
  32. Sallie Krawcheck
  33. Sara Blakely
  34. Shar Dubey
  35. Sheryl Sandberg
  36. Susan Wojcicki
  37. Whitney Wolfe Herd

2. Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development (Women organizations)

  1. ALLinSTEM
  2. Grants For Women
  3. InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge
  4. National Women’s Business Council
  5. SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership
  6. SBA Women's Business Center
  7. U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
  8. United State of Women
  9. Women Impacting Public Policy
  10. Women and Minority Entrepreneurship
  11. Women Presidents' Organization
  12. Women's Business Enterprise National Council

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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the female founder Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

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