More and more companies are founded by women. Now, more and more startup accelerators are here to help that process boost even further. Here is a list of such accelerators you should consider as a hopeful womanpreneur. 

Bad Girl Ventures 

Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) is an educational and micro-finance, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting female entrepreneurs in key areas of their business. What started as an opportunity to help women-owned businesses in one city has grown into a statewide organization, educating hundreds of female entrepreneurs. From its inception in 2010, BGV’s effectiveness has been proven as it rapidly has grown to serve over 600 women throughout Ohio, and help secure nearly $500,000 in loans. One of the most important aspects in our program is the connections that are made and the guidance that is given to each and every student and finalist that comes through the program.

 

Women Startup Labs

WSLab’s famous one-year program begins with a 2 week live-in accelerator immersion in the heart of Silicon Valley.
This program delivers CEO coaching, 120 hours of startup evaluation and strategy sessions with personal attention. The curriculum includes acquiring knowledge and building your funding strategy, creating & managing leads, building a SV pitch, as well as ongoing personal introductions and networking. Together with other female founders you will build an intimate support group, gain access to a prestigious network in Silicon Valley that leads to funding, and join a lifelong startup community.

 

Circular Board 

Circular Board is a virtual accelerator for women entrepreneurs that builds a foundation for growth by creating clarity of purpose, establishing strategic partnerships, and providing access to capital – the three areas women struggle with most in establishing hyper-growth businesses. They’ve brought together a curated group of the world’s most sought-after mentors, investors who believe in the leadership potential of women, and strategic partners who serve as gateways to accelerated growth. The 12-week experience culminates in Virtual Demo Day, but you’ll be supported long into the future through our Alumni Circles, rotating peer advisory boards who challenge your model, commit to the success of your business, and hold you accountable to achieve your vision.

 

Hera LABS

Hera LABS is a unique business accelerator for aspiring entrepreneurial women. The program provides female start-ups, in all industries, a safe place to test ideas and grow their business. This is achieved through specialized, Do-It-Yourself, hands-on LABs at Hera Hub (at Hera LABS classroom); making it a one-stop resource for enterprising women to work, connect, and flourish. The program provides participants with mentoring and resources delivered by accomplished entrepreneurial women in the community. This includes access to experts with industry know-how, labs, tools, and investment capital to efficiently launch and achieve sustainability.

 

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) combines seed capital, hands-on help and a great co-working location with an expert team to positively impact the trajectory of early-stage startups. ERA runs two, four-month programs per year. Located in New York City, ERA provides participant companies with an intensive four-month program with the goal of helping early-stage companies progress rapidly into exciting, viable, venture-scalable businesses. Each accepted company receives an initial $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. All accepted companies are required to locate in-house for the program’s duration in our midtown offices.

 

MergeLane

MergeLane is broadening the onramp for women at key stages of the startup and innovation ecosystem. MergeLane accelerates high-potential female leaders and startups with at least one female in leadership. MergeLane runs one 12-week accelerator each year that pairs a select cohort of high-growth startups with industry-leading mentors to dramatically increase the startups’ growth trajectory. Accelerator companies may receive up to $120,000 in MergeLane investment. MergeLane has 37 portfolio companies, including 27 accelerator cohort alumni. In sum, MergeLane’s accelerator cohorts have raised $23.8 million in funding and created 469 jobs, including 46 leadership roles for women.

 

Capital Innovators 

Capital Innovators provides startups with the resources and connections they need to get to the next level. Through proprietary processes and techniques developed and iterated on over the fund’s 6-year history, the Accelerator Program has consistently been ranked in the top 5% of programs across the country. They’ve expanded to providing later-stage seed funding outside of the accelerator program, developing partnerships with both universities and corporations, and launching verticalized corporate accelerator programs. 

 

500

With their 4-month seed program you’ll get access to awesome mentorship, hands-on sessions with startup experts, and a great office space where you’ll work with other smart, talented founders from around the world. 500 invest $150k in exchange for 6%. They charge a $37.5k fee for participation in the 500 Seed Program. There is also a Series A Program: 500 invest $100-250K on market terms and charge a $25-50k fee depending on geography for participation in this one. You’ll get all the perks of being in 500 too – like access to their vast network of investors, partners and founders.

 

BIG from Digital Undivided


Digitalundivided/didtechnology (DID), a social enterprise founded in 2013, takes an innovative, transformative approach to economic empowerment by encouraging Black and Latina women to own their economic security through entrepreneurship. No other organization captures data on the progress of Black and Latina tech enabled founders from the top of the startup funnel (idea) through the subsequent phases. DID accomplishes this goal by boldly empowering Black and Latina women to think BIG through the BIG Innovation Center, a 4,000 square foot space located in downtown Atlanta in the historic Hurt building, and the BIG Incubator program for high growth companies led by Black and Latina women.

 

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs 

The PWE Startup Accelerator invests $50,000 and provides mentorship for the selected women-led companies through a three-month business development program. The program is offered twice a year with up to 6 companies in each class for a total of no more than 12 companies a year. In addition to capital, the program matches the companies to mentors, networks and other resources that enable their growth.  A specific curriculum is delivered during the program focused on educating the company leadership. In addition to the funding provided in the program, companies are eligible for further follow on funding from the PWE Startup Accelerator fund.  The partners and mentors also actively introduce the companies to other regional funding sources and mentor their approach.

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