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Funding Opportunities

Our goal is that funding opportunities are boundless for women entrepreneurs. To help change the current paradigm, we share as many programs as we find with our community. If you know any opportunity that EnrichcHER can share with our community, or you have won an award or reached a milestone that we can highlight in our newsletter, please contact us

***This list is updated weekly***

Ongoing

  • TheJumpFund The JumpFund invests in early-stage, women-led, high-growth ventures. We seek strong female business leaders who are starting or growing scalable companies which have a business plan and the market opportunity to grow revenue to at least $20 million over 3-5 years. Ongoing due date.

june 2018

  • Women's Digital Accelerator - Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) returns with the 2nd annual digital startup accelerator program to be hosted in 7 global regions. In 2016, 500 companies across 63 countries completed GSE’s digital accelerator program. As the first and fastest growing digital accelerator in the world, GSE seeks 700 innovators for the 2017 series which will be facilitated by over 50 global speakers. Due June 1st

March 2018

  • CivicX Accelerator - The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures who are disrupting digital literacy and technology skills training among those in underserved and low-income communities.VC Due March 2nd
  • Growth Circuit VC is a global early stage investor operating in San Francisco, Turkey and London. Growth Circuit Accelerator starts with a program built in partnership with UC Berkeley and selects startups from emerging ecosystems building scalable technology based startups. GC Accelerator provides 4k$ at the initial stages of the accelerator and after 2 months (April-May) selects a minimum of 10 startups to continue to the second Stage of the program operated in partnership with Draper University and ABC Accelerator in Silicon Valley. We invest upto 21k$ worth of cash & services investment at this second stage and bring startups to Silicon Valley for a 5-8 week program focusing on customer acquisition and growth. Due March 9th

  • Hillman Accelerator focuses on companies led by underrepresented individuals in tech by developing venture backable companies. Established in 2017, this statewide effort will display how the state of Ohio strives to move the needle on diversity with this new program to address the lack of capital and business education that limits our ability to maximize the economic benefits of women and minority led tech startups. Due March 18th

  • Startup Co. Accelerator - Focused exclusively on B2B software and hardware solutions, Memphis’ first accelerator and venture development organization has helped fund, mentor, and launch over 100 emerging technology companies since 2011. We invest in diverse founders wanting to tap into the rich environment of our accessible customers and resources in logistics, agriculture, healthcare, education, and more. Due March 21st

February 2018

  • Boomtown Accelerator - Boomtown strives to be the world’s most innovative and effective start-up accelerator. We own this by having kick ass curriculum, super genius mentors, and a leadership staff that is insanely passionate about what they do. All of this centred within Boulder, CO, a freakishly awesome place that the New York Times called the new Madison Ave.Teams will leave after the 12 weeks with their mind blown, butt kicked, ego shattered, and the feeling that they can accomplish anything. Due February 1st
  • Lab Coat of the Future - The Lab Coat of the Future Challenge – the first in the Champions of Science “What’s New?” QuickFire Challenge series – will kick-off on October 30, 2017 and run through February 2, 2018. Participants will be invited to transform the age-old, often stereotyped symbol of science – the white lab coat – into a symbol of breakthrough innovation in the 21st century. World renowned entrepreneur and Shark on ABC’s four-time Emmy Award winning series, Shark Tank, Daymond John will serve as a judge at a live event in March 2018. Due February 2nd
  • Kairos Fellowship - The Spring 2018 Kairos Fellowship Equity Cohort is a full-time paid eight-month fellowship for emerging civic tech and online organizers of color. If you are a field organizer, writer, media-maker who wants to learn more about online organizing and tech skills, this is the program for you! Due February 2nd.
  • New Media Ventures is a seed fund and angel network investing in media and technology startups that support advocacy movements, create new narratives, and drive civic engagement. The NMV Innovation Fund finances early-stage, for-profit and nonprofit startups with seed funding ($50-250K). Selected startups receive virtual acceleration support and have access to NMV’s network of angel investors for follow-on capital, connections, and advice. Due February 2nd.
  • Pitch Black - On Sunday, March 11, exemplary Black female founders and co-founders will take the stage at The JW Marriott Austin to present their business ideas for a chance to win an investment of $10,000 from Silicon Valley-based VC firm Backstage Capital. Due February 4th.
  • VC FinTech - The VC FinTech Accelerator is a 12-week, intensive program designed to accelerate the growth of early stage financial technology companies. The VC FinTech Accelerator - Empowered by FIS Global - is seeking early stage financial technology companies that are innovating in core banking services, wealth management, wearables, wallets, back office, compliance, AI, data analytics, payments and other areas of the financial services industry. In addition, companies leveraging emerging technologies in IoT, cognitive computing, enterprise blockchain, and neural networks should also apply. Due February 6th.
  • SixThirty is recognized as a leading FinTech seed fund and business development program. We work in a collaborative manner with the most promising FinTech startups from around the world and connect them with our corporate partners, including UMB Bank, Edward Jones, StateFarm, Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), EY, Twain Financial, Village Capital, Cultivation Capital, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.  Due February 6th
  • WomenIN, a Purdue Foundry initiative to assist women entrepreneurs in the state of Indiana, is hosting the WomenIN Tech Pitch Competition on March 6th, 2018. The WomenIN Tech Pitch Competition is looking to showcase and help fund early-stage, women-led technology startups. Competitors may submit startup ideas or already launched companies from all areas of STEM, including agriculture, augmented reality, bio/health tech, education, energy, IoT, robotics, space, transportation and/or virtual reality. Due February 11th
  • Backstage Capital - Backstage Capital has invested more than $2M in 50+ companies led by underrepresented founders. They are opening up their review period for new founders on February 15th.
  • Accelerate Baltimore is a 13-week accelerator program for for-profit entities where they select 6 companies to receive $25,000 in seed funding (convertible note) and at the end of the program we award an additional $100,000. It’s great for a company that has an MVP or is in the process of testing in the market and are looking to launch in 2018 OR someone who thinks $25,000 can get them to beta launch. They keep it open ended! Click here to apply by February 18, 2018.
  • Pipeline AngelsWomen and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs are invited to apply to present at a 2018 Spring Pipeline Angels Pitch Summit. Approximately 8-10 social enterprises will be invited to present at each event. Some of the men- and non-binary femme-ed for-profit social ventures that have secured funding from Pipeline Angels members after applying to a Pipeline Angels Pitch Summit can be viewed here. Due February 19th
  • The Challenge, led by Fannie Mae, is making an investment to attract and advance innovative ideas that can help it address the nation’s affordable housing issues. Specifically, Fannie Mae is seeking proposals from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to effectively advance access to sustainable communities that it and others can ultimately scale. Due by February 23
  • The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program (WBENC SEP) fosters growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses. Since its inception in 2008, nearly 200 students from 60+ colleges and universities across the country have graduated from SEP. Due by February 23
  • Techstars - Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund. Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program supercharges success and Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Venture Capital Fund invests in the most innovative and disruptive Techstars companies to fuel their success. Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships helps brands create world-changing products and services. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $10.2 Billion.  Due February 26th
     

January 2018

  • Startup In Residence: The mission of Startup in Residence is to bring together cities and startups to explore how they can use technology to make government better.Since the program’s launch in 2014, STIR participants have tackled a variety of pressing civic challenges from including streamlining the process for becoming a foster parent to simplifying procurement through a chatbot. For 2018, 12 government partners have identified 37 civic challenges. Over 16 weeks, startups and cities work together to co-develop a solution that creates real impact. Due January 1st
  • Village Capital Pathways - Village Capital Pathways will help underrepresented founders of high-growth companies in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Atlanta to become investment ready and support the pipeline of diverse startups in these dynamic ecosystems. Through partnerships with local entrepreneur organizations, we will select a cohort of founders in each city to provide hands-on training, mentorship and connections to local capital. Philadelphia/Chicago Due December 22nd + Atlanta Due January 5th.
  • Founders Space Incubator + Accelerator -  Founders Space is dedicated to helping exceptional entrepreneurs grow their startups, get funded and go global. According to Forbes Magazine, Founders Space is the #1 Incubator for startups coming from all over the world to Silicon Valley. With an international network of strategic partners, mentors and investors, Founders Space is the world’s leading global startup community. Due January 15th
  • Pitch ‘N Pint pits entrepreneurs in a real time competition, delivering a 60 second elevator pitch to a panel of judges and a crowd of beer-lovin’ startup folks. Onlookers’ votes are tallied instantly via state-of-the-art, text-your-vote technology. Prizes include $1000 cash! Due January 18th
  • SXSW Release It provides a platform for companies to launch a new and innovative product or service during a pitch competition at the SXSW Conference. A panel of hand-picked judges, comprised of technology industry experts, venture capitalists, and high-profile media, will select the product or service most likely to succeed in the marketplace. Due January 19th
  • Morgan Stanley Innovation Lab -  An intensive 20-week accelerator designed to help build and scale startups, culminating in a showcase presenting each company to the investor community. Due January 19th
  • BCAN Founder Fellowship - Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) in partnership with Creative Startups, is now accepting applications for BCAN's first-ever Founder Fellowship Program, a startup acceleration program designed by and for creative entrepreneurs. If you are determined to grow your creative company, the Fellowship will deliver the knowledge, networks, mentors, and investors to accelerate your success! Due January 21st
  • BIG Incubator - The BIG Incubator is a highly competitive incubator program for tech-enabled companies led by Black and Latinx women. BIG provides a structured Lean Startup curriculum that takes your business from idea to a sustainable tech startup. The program is packed with hands-on labs, pitches, access to 100+ mentors, and networking events to support the growth and development of your company. Due January 22nd
  • Digifest Pitch Competition. In April 2018, ten startups will be selected to pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and judges at Digifest 2018.  All startups have the opportunity to pitch their business idea, convince the judges of its value, and impress the crowd in 5 minutes for the chance to win cash, space along with an opportunity to attend Beijing’s Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference. Due January 28th
  • Women's Startup Lab: The Women's Startup Lab is the leading accelerator program for women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.  Garage Technology Ventures is proud to support the Women's Startup Lab in its mission to enable more women to become successful high tech entrepreneurs. 
  • SXSW Startup Spotlights - Spotlights are casual exhibitions that bring 20 of the most promising startups together in a reception setting with complimentary drinks. At the Tech Startup Spotlight, companies taking the tech world by storm get to pitch their business in a fun, relaxed environment at SXSW.
  • Pipeline Angles. We're changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Pipeline Angels is holding fall pitch summits in the following cities: Asheville-Boone-Charlotte, Atlanta, Bangor-Portland, Boston, Bozeman, Chicago, Dallas, DC, LA, Miami, Minneapolis, NYC, Portland (Oregon), San Juan (Puerto Rico), SF, and Silicon Valley. Due January 29th.

December 2017

  • The Urban Future Competition debuts the world’s most revolutionary smart mobility, smart city, and smart grid technologies by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and corporate sponsors for a prestigious pitch competition in NYC. Thanks to BP, New York Community Trust (NYCT) and NYSERDA, we are able to offer each of three winners a $50,000 cash prize and admission into the ACRE incubator at UFL, NYC’s longest running cleantech incubator program. Due December 1st.
  • Project Entrepreneur is increasing the number of women building high-growth, economically impactful companies. Launched by Rent the Runway Foundation in partnership with UBS, Project Entrepreneur is a national initiative providing women entrepreneurs access to the tools, training and networks to build scalable companies. What will you build? Due December 1st
  • NSF America's Seed Fund - NSF is granting $1.5 Million in funding and taking 0% equity. We support research and development of groundbreaking, high-impact, high-risk technology. As we review applications, we consider your technology’s innovativeness, commercial potential, and possible societal impact. Due December 5th.
  • START100 is part angel fund, part accelerator, and part start-up coach for potential high-growth product entrepreneurs that are great fits for crowdfunding. We invest in product entrepreneurs, help them execute a successful rewards crowdfunding campaign, and build a foundation for long-term success. Due December 7th.
  • 500 Startups - Applications for Batch 23 are Open!Batch 23 begins Q1-2018 at our San Francisco campus. The early application period ends December 15th. Apply early to be considered receive an interview and get your application status earlier than those that apply during the regular application period. Early Bird Due December 15th.
  • Village Capital Pathways - Village Capital Pathways will help underrepresented founders of high-growth companies in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Atlanta to become investment ready and support the pipeline of diverse startups in these dynamic ecosystems. Through partnerships with local entrepreneur organizations, we will select a cohort of founders in each city to provide hands-on training, mentorship and connections to local capital. Philadelphia/Chicago Due December 22nd + Atlanta Due January 5th.
  • Global Women's Startup Accelerator - Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) returns with the 2nd annual digital startup accelerator program to be hosted in 7 global regions. In 2016, 500 companies across 63 countries completed GSE’s digital accelerator program. As the first and fastest growing digital accelerator in the world, GSE seeks 700 innovators for the 2017 series which will be facilitated by over 50 global speakers. Due December 30th

November 2017

  • Code 2040 Fellows Program - As a Code2040 Fellow, you’ll spend an intensive summer career accelerator between June and August. You’ll intern at a top-tech company and participate in a series of evening and weekend workshops designed to equip you with the tools and resources you need to navigate the tech industry and build an exciting career. Due November 19th.
  • 2018 HBCU@SXSW - Student applications are open for the 2018 HBCU@SXSW. Share this opportunity with an undergrad interested in tech. Due November 30th

October 2017

  • The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. Their two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Due October 6th.
  • Techstars - Techstars is the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Locations open: Techstars Anywhere, Techstars Berlin, Techstars Music Los Angeles, Techstars Toronto, Techstars Dubai, Techstars Boulder, Techstars New York City, Techstars Austin, Techstars Boston, Techstars Seattle.  Due October 15th
  • Halcyon Incubator - The Halcyon Incubator is committed to solving 21st-century challenges throughout the nation and the world. By helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, the Halcyon Incubator acts as a catalyst for measurable social outcomes. It's perhaps the most immersive incubator in the world that focuses on both social impact and profit. Due October 17th.
  • Boss Girl Vision - The "Boss Up" Pitch Contest is a "for us by us" creative funding event where funds from Black Girl Vision events create funding for women of color founders. Due October 15th
  • WeWork Creator Awards - WeWork is committing more than $20 million to innovate projects and the creators behind them. This global competition is open to entrepeneurs, artists, startups, and nonprofits—anyone who embodies our mantra, "Create Your Life's Work." Due October 24th.
  • Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green will provide more than $4.6 million in unrestricted seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Over the past three decades, our total investment is over $40 million to more than 700 world-class leaders. Due October 26th.
  • Sephora Accelerate is dedicated to building a community of innovative female founders in beauty. The program begins with a one week bootcamp where founders acquire the necessary skills to create a successful business. Together, they learn from beauty mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs, and prepare for a final demo day in the fall. Due October 31st.

September 2017

  • Civic Innovation Fellowship - The Civic Innovation Fellowship is a 6-18 month leadership and business training program for community leaders and social entrepreneurs with ideas, programs, and services that improve the lives of Atlanta residents. Due September 1st.
  • Conference for Women Pitch Competition.The Indiana Conference for Women, the largest gathering of women leaders and entrepreneurs in the Midwest, has teamed up with The Startup Ladies, a membership organization that seeks to support women entrepreneurs, to host the third annual Indiana Conference for Women Pitch Competition. Due September 1st
  • Watermark Big Pitch - Watermark will select three entrepreneurs to present for five minutes apiece, followed by a three-minute Q&A and five minutes of direct feedback from a panel of expert judges including VCs – the friendly, dolphin kind; no sharks here! Due September 1st
  • 37 Angels. 37 Angels selects 8 women-led businesses to compete for $50-$150k investment every two months. Due Sept 4th
  • Amplify Girls in Tech - AMPLIFY is a ‘must-attend’ startup competition for entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and designers that explores up and coming trends in innovation, technology, and most importantly, showcases the best and brightest female tech entrepreneurs from the region. Due September 5th
  • TED Fellows. Every year the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. Though we target innovators aged 21 to 40, we encourage anyone over 18 years old to apply. Due September 10th.
  • 2017 BioChallenge Startup Competition - The Center supports Louisiana life sciences entrepreneurs through the BioChallenge, an annual competition that has awarded startups over $100,000 in prizes since 2012. As part of the Center’s Innovation Louisiana 2017 series of special events in November, four finalists will pitch for cash and investment prizes in the BioChallenge final event on November 8 in downtown New Orleans. Due September 15th
  • Desert Pitch. Submit your Film or TV pitch to Film Fest Tucson’s Desert Pitch Competition. The Top 10 projects selected will be invited for a one-day intensive (two part) pitch event where you’ll be rubbing elbows with industry veterans on the panel, as you make your pitch. The top 5 chosen will advance to the finals taking place only hours later, but not before receiving some strategic pitch coaching from a producer and professional pitch writer, Scott Manville, on the spot. Also in attendance will be representatives from the Desert Angels, a Tucson venture capital group. Due September 15th.
  • Female Founders Fellowship - The Female Founder Initiative was formed to create more opportunities for female founders through the Founder Institute, and enable women to build successful companies. Due September 17th.
  • Turbocharger Innovation Program 2017. Axiom Product Development, LLC is a leading innovation and product development company that is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and small companies develop their products and launch them in the market. We are partnering with a Global 500 Healthcare products company to launch a Turbocharger Innovation Program which will provide funding and engineering resources/mentorship to accelerate the development of your product. Due September 18t
  • Startup Runway.The mission of Startup Runway is connecting sophisticated investors with high opportunity, high impact startups by sourcing the best of traditionally overlooked technical founding teams. Due Sept 30th
  • Pitch Competition WeXchange 2017-  WeXchange es la primera plataforma de América Latina y el Caribe dedicada a conectar y fortalecer a las mujeres emprendedoras con gran potencial, para que sean exitosas en sus negocios. Due September 30th.
  • WomenHack - The All-Women Hackathon San Francisco - A one day hackathon for women from experienced coders to total newbies. Come with an idea or join a team on-site and spend the day building a great project with enthusiastic, fun people. Due before September 30th Event.

August 2017

  • Venture Atlanta is an annual conference that creates opportunities for top tier investors to connect with and fund the region’s most promising technology companies. Companies selected to present at Venture Atlanta pitch their company and solutions to top investors and business leaders representing the entire technology ecosystem. Due by August 4th.
  • Pipeline Angles. We're changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Pipeline Angels is holding fall pitch summits in the following cities: Asheville-Boone-Charlotte, Atlanta, Bangor-Portland, Boston, Bozeman, Chicago, Dallas, DC, LA, Miami, Minneapolis, NYC, Portland (Oregon), San Juan (Puerto Rico), SF, and Silicon Valley. Due August 7th.
  • Invest in HER. The mission of Invest in Her is to support women in business through opportunities that build capacity, connect to resources, and increase capital. One of the ways we strive to fulfill our mission is by hosting an annual Female Business Pitch Competition. This competition serves as a platform for local female entrepreneurs to showcase their business and compete for cash prizes. Due August 7th
  • Atlanta Startup Battle - $100k startup competition. Introductions to strategic partners for growth and follow-up investment. Automatic entry to the Global Challenge Cup. This time there is more reason than ever to get your tech startup in the mix. Due August 18th
  • Roddenberry Fellowship - The Roddenberry Fellowship is a new 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to receive $50,000 each, as well as tailored support, to help implement a project or initiative in one of four areas: Civil Rights, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Immigration and Refugee Rights, LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights. Due August 22nd
  • The NBMBAA® Scale-Up Pitch Challenge - The National Black MBA Association® is proud to announce its Scale-Up Pitch Challenge for entrepreneurs. The Scale-Up Pitch Challenge encourages our members to create startups that are scalable and sustainable. We provide startups the unique opportunity to connect with early stage investors and venture capitalists who are ready to invest. Participants can win up to $50,000 grand prize with prizes being awarded for the top three pitches. If you think your startup embodies a “Big Idea” that can be even bigger, this challenge is for you! Due August 23rd
  • CivicX Fall 17. The Points of Light Civic Accelerator invests in and supports early stage social ventures. In our continuing commitment to experiment and refine our model, our Fall 2017 program will convene the most innovative ventures across the country focused around a common challenge. Due August 25th
  • Inaugural Fire Pitch Competition - The Inaugural Fire Pitch Competition is an initiative to spotlight the nation’s best women-led digital health startups. We hope to build a platform that connects women entrepreneurs and strengthens the healthcare innovation ecosystem by addressing funding disparities between men and women. Fire Pitch Competition is held in partnership with the IGNITE Healthcare Network and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC). We are also proud to have Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute (TMCx) and Houston Technology Center (HTC) as event partners. Due August 31st