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The 2021 Resource Guide For Female Entrepreneurs

We’ve updated the Lioness Resource Guide to help female entrepreneurs in all stages of the entrepreneurial process. Here, you can find marketing tools, financial guides, and anything you may need for your business journey.

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

ACCELERATORS & INCUBATORS

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

500 Startups – California

AlphaLab – Pennsylvania

Aviatra Accelerators* – Ohio / Kentucky

AZ TechCelerator – Arizona

Backstage — Multi-State

The Brandery – Ohio

Capital Innovators – Minnesota

Change Catalyst – California / Multi-State

Code2040 – California

Digital Undivided* – Georgia/New Jersey

Dreamit Ventures – Multi-State

EforAll – Massachusetts/Colorado

Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator – New York

Foodx – New York

gener8tor – Minnesota

Impact 307 – Wyoming

Innovation Depot – Alabama

Launch Tennessee – Tennessee

Mass Challenge – Massachusetts

MergeLane* – Colorado

NewME – Colorado

New Venture Challenge – Illinois

reSET – Connecticut

SheEO* – Global

Springboard Enterprises* – Washington, D.C.

Start.coop – Multistate (co-operatives)

Startup Space – (Global, online)

Stella Labs* – California

Store No. 8 —New York (retail)

Techstars – Multistate

The Refinery* – Connecticut

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)

Want more accelerator resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

ANGEL INVESTORS & VENTURE CAPITALISTS

Note: Angel Investors/Venture Capitalists with an asterisk (*) are women-only.

37 Angels

AccelFoods

AngelList  (find an investor)

Astia*

Built By Girls Ventures*

Female Founders Fund*

Female Funders*

Forerunner Ventures

Golden Seeds*

Global Invest Her*

Hustle Fund

MassNextGen*

Pipeline Angels*

Plum Alley Co*

Portfolia*

Valor Ventures

Women’s Venture Capital Fund*

Want more funding resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

COMPETITIONS & GRANTS

Note: Competitions/Grants with an asterisk (*) are women-only.

Amber Grant* (monthly grant/scholarship giveaway)

Arch Grant Competition (global startup competition)

Cartier Women’s Initiative*  (solving global challenges)

CodeLaunch  (seed accelerator competition)

Collision PITCH (startup pitch competition)

Draper Competition* (Smith College collegiate women entrepreneurs)

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Halstead Grant (jewelry grant award for emerging designers)

Hatch Pitch (pitch competition for cybersecurity companies)

JCK Industry Fund (grants for sustainable companies in the jewelry industry)

MIT $100K (three contests; pitch, accelerate, and launch)

Ms. Foundation* (organizations serving women and girls)

SXSW Pitch (startup pitch competition)

U.Pitch (pitch competition for collegiate founders)

Women Startup Challenge (tech)

Want more contest resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

FREE COURSES & GUIDES

50 Startup Founders Reveal Why Their Startups Failed (ebook)

Building A Startup That Matters (ebook)

Charge What You’re Worth (pricing guide)

CodeLab (learn to code for free)

Dash (learn to code websites)

Digital Marketing Guide (digital download)

Elevate Customer Interaction (ebook on acquiring customers)

Guide to Customer Engagement (ebook)

How To Build A Startup  (Basics of customer and market place feedback)

How To Get Sponsorships (courses on landing sponsors)

How to Start a Blog (a beginners guide)

How to Start a Business (template)

Introduction to Public Relations (online course)

Primer (marketing lessons)

Public Relations Resources (guides)

Startup Guide

Want more how-to resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

MARKETING TOOLS

Adobe Spark Post (free graphic design software)

Agora Pulse (Facebook engagement barometer)

Buffer (social media management)

Campaign Monitor (email marketing analysis)

Canva (free design templates)

Design Evo (free logo maker)

Fiverr (marketing services starting at $5)

Foto Jet (free design templates)

Hootsuite (managing social media accounts)

Infogram  (create infographics)

MailJet (email solutions)

Marketing Grader (see how strong your website is)

Moo (business cards & postcards)

Press Release Template

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

Stencil  (image creation for social media)

Want more marketing resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

PHOTOS

CreateHer

Death To Photo Stock

Foodies Feed

Free Pik

Free Photos

Magdeleine

Nappy.co

Pexels

Pikwizard

Stock Up

Unsplash

Want more image resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

FINANCIAL GUIDES & TOOLS

Accion (affordable financial services)

ChallengeHER (federal contracting)

Launchopedia (how to be more investable)

Indiegogo (crowdfunding)

Kickstarter (crowdfunding)

Napkin Finance (money in 30 seconds or less)

The Balance (understanding money)

Intuit Quickbooks (free invoice generator)

Want more money resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

Career Contessa

Classy Career Girl

Create & Cultivate

Forbes Woman

HER Magazine

The Lily

Lioness Magazine

Women2.com

Want more news resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

PODCASTS

Brown Ambition (balancing life and career)

Build Your Tribe (online business & list building)

The Femails (deep dive into the world of women and work)

Game Changers (inspiration)

Glambition Radio (Interviews with  women entrepreneurs)

Goal Digger (workshop-style business podcast)

HerMoney (focused on improving women’s relationship with money)

Radio Cherry Bombe (food industry)

Side Hustle Pro (spotlighting black female entrepreneurs)

Women at Work (dealing with discrimination in the workplace)

Want more podcast info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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

STARTUP RESOURCES

Business Forms & Templates

Business Model Canvas  (map out your business)

Forge (manufacturing startup support)

Hello Alice  (business advisor)

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)

Want more startup resource info for female entrepreneurs? Here you go.

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