J. Kelly Hoey


Calling All High Potential Female Founders and Women-Led Businesses!

It’s summer and it’s definitely not the time to be going easy on business or ambition or sunscreen. Information on all of these programs for women entrepreneurs hit my inbox this week….A sign that now is really the time for women entrepreneurs (or simply my connections knowing I needed content for this week’s newsletter). Either way, read on and apply!

​​​​Go BIG!

The BIG Accelerator program (BIG), an Atlanta based 12-week business accelerator program for startups led by Black and Latina women is accepting applications for its first program. BIG provides a structured curriculum focused on developing sustainable businesses, mentorship by top leaders, opportunities to pitch directly to investors, and direct access to funding. BIG is supported by the SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund and the Surdna Foundation. Applications are due by July 31. ICYMI: BIG is the brainchild of Kathryn Finney, founder of digitalundivided and Kathryn is big in my books. She’s a White House Champion of Change & Eisenhower Fellow. She’s also one of the most respected voices in national conversations on innovation and tech. And she knows what it means to be an entrepreneur: she’s the founder of The Budget Fashionista (sold 2014) and was Editor At Large at BlogHer (sold 2015).

Accept the Challenge!

Next: Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) and Breakaway (a Boston-based brand and venture capital firm), have opened 10 additional semifinalist spots in the Babson Breakaway Challenge — the first and only competition to promote gender parity in the venture capital industry.

Why apply? How about a chance to win $250,000 plus in-kind prizes. The challenge is open to U.S. owned and operated consumer businesses of which at least 50 percent of the founding team are women, and active in the company. Your deadline to apply is September 10th, 2016. All semifinalists will be announced on September 15, and a Demo Day at Boston’s District Hall will take place on Friday, September 23. Judges for the challenge include:
  • John Burns (President of Breakaway Ventures, a brand-focused growth equity investment firm),
  • Linda Pizzuti Henry (Managing Director at Boston Globe Media Partners; Co-founder of HUBweek; Director of the John W. Henry Family Foundation and the Red Sox Foundation; Member of MassChallenge’s Board of Advisors; Early-stage impact investor and television producer),
  • Nicole M. Stata (Founder and Managing Director of Boston Seed Capital, LLC), and
  • Alicia Syrett (Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early-stage investments).

Be the next QUEEN BEE!

SWSI’s Queen Bee is headed to TV with BET and they are looking for great women entrepreneurs ready to take their businesses to the next level. If that’s you, get your brag on and apply, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be on your way to being the next Queen Bee.

Get Fierce!

Every female founder can be a fierce founder. Based in Canada’s fastest growing tech community, the Fierce Founders Accelerator is designed to arm you with the tools necessary to build a kickass business. Whether you’re a new grad or a seasoned business professional with a new idea, Fierce Founders can help set you up for success. The deadline to apply is midnight on July 29, 2016.

Pitch Your Social Venture!

Are you a female-founder with a for-profit social venture? Then apply by Monday, July 18 to pitch at one of Pipeline Angels signature pitch events. More information (and pitch summit schedule + locations).

Find Your Angel!

37 Angels is a community of women investors investing $50,000 to $150,000 per investment in early-stage companies. Apply to pitch their network in New York on September 16.

Looking for more?

Then check out the Mogul Chix Weekend Intensive — July 22 to 24 in Miami if you’re in need of an intensive business bootcamp weekend of brainstorming, fellowship, accountability and getting things done.

Apply to attend the July 30 Brand Entrepreneurs Network startup bootcamp in New York City hosted by Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur Christine Souffrant.

PLUS! I’ve written three posts on Inc.com on how, where to find resources for women entrepreneurs (definitely great summer reading and poolside business strategy session material).

This post originally appeared in Innovator Insights, Kelly Hoey’s weekly newsletter. To get insights in your inbox, sign up here.


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