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Organizations & Resources that help Female Entrepreneurs by Eden Godsoe

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Career & Money

It is an exciting time to be a female entrepreneur. There are incredible organizations and resources that help women start and scale their start-up including media platforms, investment firms, conferences and awards programs. I have accessed many of these and wanted to share with other female entr... More »

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Media Platform: Women 2.0

Women 2.0 is a emerging global media company for aspiring and current...more

Women 2.0 is a fantastic resource. I regularly visit their website to discover interesting posts from (mostly) female entrepreneurs and investors. I have also written a post for Women 2.0 and attended their annual PITCH conference, which was an amazing event.

bodysculpter: I agree, I am a member also and love reading the posts. It seems there is a never-ending list of smart women in this group.

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Media Platform: DailyWorth

DailyWorth is a community of women who talk money. We deliver...more

Fantastic website and daily emails that have actionable recommendations. Much of their content is more generally focused on women and money but they have a section dedicated to work and entrepreneurship.

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Media Platform: Daily Muse

Smart content, career advice, and community for young professional...more

The Daily Muse has interesting and insightful articles targeted at career women - from startups to larger companies. I particularly like their 'Lessons to My Younger Self: A Series by Inspiring Women' series.

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Media Platform: The Next Women

The Next Women is the Female Business Brand for entrepreneurs,...more

This is a new discovery for me. The Next Women's website includes articles focused on female entrepreneurs, investors and other leaders. They also host pitch events, networking opportunities and various workshops.

bodysculpter: I haven't heard of this one yet, but definitely deserves a check out.

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Media Platform: VitaminW

Your daily dose of women's news, philanthropy and business.

VitaminW rounds up news on health, politics, business and more all related to women or through the eyes of women. I just discovered them and already love them!

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Media Platform: News on Women

News on women in business, science, technology, education and the arts...more

News on Women is focused exclusively on sharing exciting news on female leaders and entrepreneurs. You can submit news of promotions, funding, etc and they will showcase you and your company.

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85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are...more

I've been a member of 85 Broads for a few years. They run local events in most major cities but also showcase female leaders across the US and the rest of the world. You need to apply for membership but it appears that you can qualify by being an entrepreneur, working at select big name companies or going to a top school.

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Membership Networks: Alley To The Valley

Alley to the Valley is a community of the world’s most influential...more

While Alley to the Valley doesn't focus exclusively on entrepreneurship, it is a high-powered membership organization that included many female entrepreneurs and VCs. They host summits and other events that enable women to network and bring their businesses to the next level. Membership ranges from $350 to $3,500 annually.

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Membership Networks: Watermark

A Watermark Experience for Entrepreneurs – For Women, By Women

Suggested by Maria Sipka

Some of the most respected women I know belong to this organization and after attending a brief networking event one evening I met some incredibly inspiring women that I have been meeting on a regular basis. Their line up of events are outstanding!

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Membership Networks: Ladies Who Launch

Join the world's largest community of women entrepreneurs.

Ladies Who Launch connects women both online and offline through their website and local events. I have heard a lot about this organization but am not yet a member myself nor have I attended any of their events. I'd love to hear from women who have joined since membership costs $200 to $400/year.

bodysculpter: I am on their group on Linked in, they really do help with your business. THere is a local one that meets here in Atlanta, but I have not had the chance to attend an event.

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Project Eve is a social media platform that connects women to the...more

Suggested by Project Eve is a social network that connects women across industries and geographies allowing them share their expertise and knowledge. Eve creates a positive forum for women to ask questions, share ideas, get constructive feedback and make business connections.

Lane Kennedy-Levy: this is a great budding community! Love being a part of it.

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Membership Networks: Sharp Skirts

Tired of the same old women’s network? Don’t want to talk about...more

Sharp Skirts positions itself apart from other women's networks (as you can tell by their description above.) They are free to join and you can network with other members via their Facebook page (they have about 300 members) or at various online and offline events. If anyone is active in Sharp Skirts, please do share about your experience.

Carla Thompson: Thanks so much for listing us! Just wanted to boast that we have just over 1000 members now. : )

Eden Godsoe: Carla - Congrats on reaching 1000! And welcome to SkinnyScoop. Would be great to have SharpSkirts create some lists of their own so do feel free to create a branded SharpSkirts account to share your expertise.

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Membership Networks: Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network

The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) event spotlights female...more

I was invited to DWEN though I have yet to attend any of their events - the annual conference or smaller local networking events. I am still trying to figure out how to best leverage this group of talented women

Stephanie Goodell: Hi Eden, We're honored to be here and work with many of the organizations mentioned. We encourage you join the conversation via Twitter (#dwen/@dellbizwomen) and LinkedIN (Women Powering Business). To get more active in the community, you can attend regional DWEN events (which we have in 10 countries and many cities) which are posted on the forum. Our yearly global DWEN event is an intimate, invitation-only gathering. For those interested, email me!

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Membership Networks: WomenCentric

Best Business Networking for Job Seekers, Entrepreneurs, Experts,...more

WomenCentric is a hip directory and connection hub for women professionals, experts, authors, entrepreneurs, activists, speakers, artists and job seekers.

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Accelerator Programs: Astia

Astia is a community of experts committed to building women leader and...more

I know many women who have either volunteered at Astia or taken their startup through their accelerator program. Everyone has good things to say about their experience. An accelerator program is not right for every startup (it didn't make sense for SkinnyScoop) so do the research before committing.

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Accelerator Programs: Springboard Enterprises


Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where...more

Springboard offers a variety of programs targeted at female entrepreneurs including forums, educational programs and a bi-annual invitation-only conference. It was a post from Joshua Henderson of Springboard that inspired this list.

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Accelerator Programs: Women Innovate Mobile

Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) is the first startup accelerator and...more

I've been seeing a lot in the news lately about WIM. If you are considering a startup focused on mobile, they are worth checking out. They recently announced their first accelerator class -

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Investment Firms: Golden Seeds

Golden Seeds is an investment firm that is dedicated to delivering...more

Golden Seeds is a well known investment firm focused on female entrepreneurs. Since 2005, their angel fund has invested $27.5MM in 42 companies (avg $572K.) They also have a two VC funds with $30MM committed to 24 companies (avg $1.3MM.) Investments include gDiapers, Lark and Honestly Now.

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We invest in women entrepreneurs....more

WVCF has a team of 3 powerhouse women - Monica Dodi, Edith Dorsen and Helen MacKenzie - from different backgrounds. They primarily focus on digital media and sustainability along the Western Corridor.

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BELLE Capital is an early stage angel fund focused on building great...more

I hadn't heard of Bell Capital but that is likely because they focus on investments in the Midwest and South (I am in the Bay Area.) They require a C-level founder or the willingness to recruit one with funding.

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The Women’s Capital Connection (WCC) is an angel investor network...more

To date, this group has invested more than $1 million in five women-led businesses. One investment criteria is that the start-up must be within 150 miles of Kansas City. You can find more from their FAQs -

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Investment Firms: VC/Angel Funding Femanomics

Amazing Google Doc that lists 250+ women VCs and angels.

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Awards: FORTUNE Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs

The premiere gathering of its kind, the Summit—now in its 14th...more

FORTUNE hosts the annual "Most Powerful Women" summit that includes recognition of outstanding female entrepreneurs. Past winners include Lynn Jurich from SunRun, Sheila Lirio Marcelo from, Alexa Hirschfeld from Paperless Post; and Jennifer Hyman & Jennifer Fleiss from Rent the Runway.

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Awards: Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program is a...more

Women can submit an application or nominate another women through the link above. 2011 winners came from a diversity of industries and states, and included respected companies such as BlogHer and Learnvest -

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Awards: Cartier Women's Initiative Awards


The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an international business...more

Women entrepreneurs apply for this award by submitting business plans. The finalists are then invited to present in France. I like that they choose winners from around the globe. Last year's North American winners were Benita Singh & Summer Rayne Oakes of Source4Style.

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 So many wonderful resources thank you for sharing