Business Funding

If you want information about small business funding, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the most common sources of funding for startups, from friends and family money to Kickstarter campaigns, from SBA loans to venture capital. You'll also find some information about small business grants for women.

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Business Funding

If you want information about small business funding, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the most common sources of funding for startups, from friends and family money to Kickstarter campaigns, from SBA loans to venture capital. You'll also find some information about small business grants for women.

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Other Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA offers information on financing a business, including SBA-backed bank loans, bonds and government grants that may be available to you. Your local SBA Women’s Business Center may be able to help you access these funds.

Grants for Women

The SBA annual InnovateHER competition awards grants to companies with “innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.”

Cartier Women’s Initiative awards $600,000 to six businesses on six continents a year.

Eileen Fisher awards $100,000 to 10 businesses a year.

Girlboss Foundation awards one $15,000 grant to a creative entrepreneur biannually.

IBM Global Entrepreneur offers SmartCamp, a 28-city program with mentoring, networking and a pitch competition for $25,000, a spot in an incubator and investor attention.

The Refinery’s Fueling the Growth pitch competition splits $120,000 between five tech-driven companies.

Toptal, an online platform that connects businesses with freelance workers, offers a global scholarship program to emerging women founders and leaders. Selectees receive a $10,000 grant and year of one-on-one mentoring from a Toptal expert.

Women’s Funding Network is a group of more than 160 organizations that help finance women’s initiatives around the world.

Rewards-Based Crowdfunding

CrowdRise facilitates crowdfunding for charities, nonprofits and personal causes.

iFundWomen focuses on women-owned businesses exclusively and offers participants campaign coaching.

Indiegogo, co-founded by a woman, started the crowdfunding movement. Projects receive as much money as they raise, irrespective of their set goal.

Kickstarter is a platform for funding creative projects. Funds are disbursed only if a campaign reaches a set fundraising goal.

Start Some Good is a crowdfunding platform for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.

Equity-Based Crowdfunding

AngelList allows anyone to invest in startups and own a piece of a company, and helps startups find and recruit potential employees.

CircleUp focuses on investments in innovative U.S. consumer-products companies.

Crowdfunder funds high-growth ventures by tapping a network of over 130,000 entrepreneurs and investors. It enables direct online investment in single ventures as well as diversification into a broad portfolio of startups

EquityNet helps startups and mature businesses that want to raise equity capital from accredited investors. Entrepreneurs can also use it to optimize their business plans before they engage investors..

Indiegogo in partnership with MicroVentures gives entrepreneurs the option of offering backers equity stakes in addition to traditional perks.

WeFunders enables anyone to invest in startup companies.

Angel & Venture Capital for Women

37 Angels is a community of women investors that educates early stage investors and takes founder pitches.

BBG (Built by Girls) Ventures is an early-stage fund investing in internet and mobile startups with at least one female founder.

Female Founders Fund is an early-stage fund that invests in and advises startups “led by talented female founders with disruptive and innovative ideas.”

Golden Seeds, an investment firm that supports women entrepreneurs, has angel network of 250 men and women, a venture capital group focused on early-stage companies, and trains investors.

Plum Alley helps individuals, especially women, invest in companies led by women entrepreneurs and gender-balanced teams.

Portfolia is a venture investing platform designed for women and minority investors who want to invest in companies run by diverse leadership teams. It also trains investors.

StarVest Partners is a women-owned VC that invests in expansion stage technology-enabled business-to-business services companies.

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