These 13 accelerators invest in women-led businesses–some designed and founded to do so, some as a part of their regular business practice. We’ve noted location, what level of involvement in female entrepreneurs they have, a sample of their support for women-led businesses from their portfolios, whether or not (and how much) they themselves fund startups in their programs, and whether they trade equity for funding.
Accelerator in Mountain View, San Francisco, and Mexico City. Founding Partner, Christine Tsai; many women on management team. Includes many women mentors from diverse backgrounds. Supports female entrepreneurs like the co-founders of Bucket and Incluyeme.com.
Does some early-stage seed and venture, and later-stage venture in the moble, e-commerce, SaaS, and tribbles sectors. Begun by Google and Paypal alumni.
Pittsburgh-based. Supports female entrepreneurs like the founders of Covey and FutureDerm. Includes some women mentors. Does seed and early-venture investments in software, games, and mobile sectors. Investment: $10-25K/5% equity.
Does no investment. Does provide connections to help with funding.
We need a space where we can unapologetically be ourselves, learn from one another, and share one another’s networks.. This fall Kathryn Finney will be hosting a 12-week world-class business accelerator program for tech-enabled startups led by Black and Latina women. BIG ATL Accelerator Program provides a structured curriculum focused on developing sustainable businesses, mentorship by top leaders, opportunities to pitch directly to investors, and direct access to funding.
Does seed, early-stage venture, and debt financing investments in curated web, mobile, and internet. Investment: $25-50K/6% equity.
Does some seed investments in software, mobile, and social media sectors. Investment: $25-50K/5-10% equity.
Philadelphia-based, though program is run in Austin, NYC, and Baltimore as well. First top-tier accelerator to tackle the challenges female entrepreneurs in particular face. Includes female executives and management. Supports female entrepreneurs explicitly (such as the co-founders of Brideside and the founder of Planana).
Does seed, early-stage venture, and later-stage venture in mobile, curated web, software, e-commerce, healthcare, edtech, fintech, foodtech, and media. Investment: $25-50K/6-8% equity.
Does seed investment in technology sector. Investment: $25-50K.
LaunchTN is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. An impressive 30% of graduates from its recent masterclass, which draws from nine accelerator programs across the state, are female founders.
Does seed investments. Investment: $10-25K/6% equity.
St. Louis-based. Designed to accelerate women-led businesses. Mostly female mentorship and executive level. All-female portfolio. Very small, select classes (12 companies/year).
Initial investment: $50,000. Chance for further investment from Prosper Startup Accelerator fund.
Menlo Park-based. Designed to support women founders. Founded by Ari Horie. Many women in executive positions. Portfolio wholly female-led companies.
Does no investment. However, many of its mentors are angel investors.
Mountain View-based. Holds an annual Female Founders Conference. Co-founded by Jessica Livingston. Has female mentors and executives and supports some female-run or –founded companies, such as HomeJoy.
Does seed, early-stage, and debt financing. Investment: $100-200K/7% equity.