Starting this May in Atlanta, Female Founders have a new resource–an chance to gather monthly to support each other’s business growth and success. The Female Founders Meetup features a powerful monthly program of founder networking, introductions to resources for female founders, and personal and as well as business growth opportunities.
Sponsored by this magazine nationally and locally by Write2Market, one of the top 10 tech public relations agencies in the United States, the group’s vision is to give female founders a high growth, performance-enhancing resource system.
Says Lisa Calhoun, a founding member of the Atlanta group and publisher of FemaleEntrepreneurs, “I’ve personally gotten so much out of Entrepreneur’s Organization, a group of 10,000 founders globally, that I’m inspired to extend some of that inspiration to women founders. EO has been game changing for me in a great way–but it’s also opened up some insights around optimal entrepreneurship culture. Women are developing our own definition of what entrepreneurship looks like.”
It’s also true that while women employee a third of America, female-started businesses tend to be started without venture and in services sectors. “We start from a different block. We create profitable, capital efficient enterprises with kind work cultures. The world has a lot of big problems to solve–female founders are a big part of that. This group will help bring their voices to the table.”
Free membership–founders only
Membership in the Atlanta Female Founders MeetUp group is free–meetings cost $10 to attend.
Early Atlanta members include Andrea Busse, CEO of Circle, Stacey Eames, founder of Highland Bakery, Stacy Williams, founder of respected SEO agency Big Drum (formerly Prominent Placement), and Sue Fonseca, founder of Singularity University and Women at the Frontier, recently funded by Invest Atlanta to research high performing female achievers.
Apply to the Atlanta Female Founders Group
To be approved to join the free Female Founders group, women have to be founders, own 50% or more of the business, and have a minimum of either 3 employees or $500,000 in capital raised. “Whether a woman is running a startup with early traction or managing a seasoned fifty year old firm, this group can help her grow at her own pace, in her own style,” says Lisa.
In future months, Female Founders chapters are rolling out in cities across the Southeast, including Chattanooga, Nashville, Savannah and Charleston.
- Apply to join the Atlanta Chapter of the Female Founders MeetUp.