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The 2019 Resource Guide For Female Entrepreneurs

If you’re launching a startup, we know you have a lot of needs. Here’s a resource guide for female entrepreneurs who need to know the places to go to get what they need.

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

ACCELERATORS/INCUBATORS

Note: Accelerators with an asterisk (*) are women-only.

500 Startups – California

*Aviatra Accelerators — Ohio / Kentucky

AZ TechCelerator – Arizona

Backstage — Multi-State

*BIG – Georgia

Change Catalyst — California / Multi-State

Code2040 – California

Dreamit Ventures – Multi-State

Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator – New York

*Equita — California (Tech)

Foodx – New York

gener8tor – Minnesota

*Hera Labs — California

Launch Tennessee – Tennessee

Mass Challenge – Massachusetts

*MergeLane – Colorado

New Venture Challenge – Illinois

reSET – Connecticut

Sephora Accelerate – California (beauty)

SheEO — Global

*Springboard Enterprises – Washington, D.C.

Startup Space — (Global, online)

Store No. 8 —New York (retail)

Techstars – Colorado

*The Refinery – Connecticut

The South Florida Accelerator – Florida

Valley Venture Mentors – Massachusetts

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program — Multi-State

*Women’s Startup Lab – California

Wyoming Technology Business Center – Wyoming

Y Combinator – California

Yield Lab – Global (food)

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

ANGEL INVESTORS / VENTURE CAPITALISTS

37 Angels

500 Women

AccelFoods

AngelList (find an investor)

Astia

Belle Capital

Built By Girls Ventures

Crowdfund Main Street (alternative funding)

Female Founders Fund

Forerunner Ventures

Golden Seeds

Global Invest Her

MassNextGen

Pipeline Angels

Plum Alley Co

The Portfolia FemTech Fund

Women’s Venture Capital Fund

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

COMPETITIONS / GRANTS

Amber Grant (monthly grant/scholarship giveaway)

AMPLIFY (tech pitch competition)

Cartier Women’s Initiative  (solving global challenges)

CodeLaunch (seed accelerator competition)

Draper Competition (Smith College collegiate women entrepreneurs)

Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant Program (grants)

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Government Challenges (list of open challenges by federal agencies)

Halstead Grant (jewelry grant award for emerging designers)

JCK Industry Fund (jewelry)

Mentor Capital Network (business plan competition)

Ms. Foundation (organizations serving women and girls)

Open Meadows (gender/racial/economic justice)

Shereos (business plan competition)

The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition (global startup competition)

Women Startup Challenge (tech)

Women Startup Competition (London competition)

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

CONFIDENCE

Addicted 2 Success

Fearless Motivation

Keep Inspiring Me

Learn Out Loud (free audio and video self-development)

Marie Forleo

Motivating Daily

National Association for Self Esteem

selfdevelopmentsecrets.com

The Daily Motivator

The Invisible Mentor

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

FREE COURSES AND GUIDES

50 Startup Founders Reveal Why Their Startups Failed (ebook)

Blogging (beginners guide)

Building A Startup That Matters (ebook)

Charge What You’re Worth (multi-course on pricing)

CodeLab (learn to code free)

College Courses

Dash (learn to code websites)

EdX (more free college courses)

Essential Digital Marketing Tool (digital download)

How To Build A Startup  (Lean Launchpad)

How To Get Sponsorships (courses on landing sponsors)

Intercom On Customer Engagement (ebook)

Introduction to Public Relations (online course)

Keep Your Friends Close (ebook on acquiring customers)

Landing Customers Before Having A Product (course)

Primer (marketing lessons)

Hubspot Public Relations (guides)

Sales Bootcamp

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MARKETING

Adobe Spark Post (free graphic design software)

Buffer (social media management)

Canva (free design templates)

Design Evo (free logo maker)

Email Marketing Scorecard (see how your emails stack up against others)

Facebook Page Barometer (examine Facebook page metrics)

Fiverr (marketing services starting at $5)

Foto Jet (free design templates)

HooteSuite (managing social media accounts)

HubSpot Marketing Grader (see how strong your website is)

Infogram  (create infographics)

MailJet (email solutions)

Moo (business cards & postcards)

Press Release Template

PrLog  (free press release distribution)

Similar Web (see how your competitor’s website matches up)

Stencil  (image creation for social media)

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

PHOTOS

CreateHer

Death To Photo Stock

Foodies Feed

Free Pik

Free Photos

Magdeleine

Nappy.co

Pexels

Stock Up

Unsplash

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MONEY / SOCIAL MEDIA

Accion (affordable financial services)

ChallengeHER (federal contracting)

DailyWorth (see where you are financially)

Digital Scoop (latest digital marketing trends)

FundingSage (how to be more investable)

Indiegogo (crowdfunding)

Kickstarter (crowdfunding)

Napkin Finance (money in 30 seconds or less)

Social Triggers (social media help)

The Balance (understanding money)

The Penny Hoarder (personal finance tips & deals)

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NEWS / TRENDS

Center for Women Entrepreneurial Leadership

Forbes Woman

Lioness Magazine

On Mogul

Women2.com

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PODCASTS

Build Your Tribe (online business & list building)

Game Changers (inspiration)

Glambition Radio (daily biz news)

Lean The F*ck Out  (successful female entrepreneurs)

On Behalf Of All Women (the truth about being a female founder)

Nerdette (tech, science, history)

Radio Cherry Bombe (food industry)

Recode Decode (tech & business)

That’s So Retrograde (wellness)

The Lively Show (inspiration)

Women In Tech (women in tech)

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup

STARTUP 

Alice  (business advisor)

Business Forms & Templates

Business Model Canvas  (map out your business)

Founder2Be (find a cofounder)

How-Tos (startup DIYs)

Lane (where to hire women in tech)

The Lean Launchpad  (what you need to launch)

Tips & To-Do Manager  (keep track of and rank your priorities)

Startup Library (tips, ideas and startup basics)

Startup Resources  (a list of resources you may need)

Startup Stash  (a list of resources)

Startup Templates

Valuation (calculate startup valuation for free)

Women Who Startup (education, resources)

QUICK LINKS: Accelerators & Incubators // Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists // Competitions & Grants  // Confidence // Free Courses & Guides // Marketing // Photos // News // Trends // Podcasts // Startup