Topics Under Tag: "Women & Entrepreneurship"

NYC Will Invest in Local Women Entrepreneurs on Kiva

Amy Cortese | November 15, 2017

Women entrepreneurs of New York: your city wants to invest in you. Under a new program, called WE Fund: Crowd, when women entrepreneurs create a crowdfunding campaign on Kiva.org, the city will kick in the first 10% of their goal, up to $1,000. New York City officials hope to support at least 500 women-owned businesses […]

Bay Area Black owned Business

Helping Dollars Circulate in African American Communities

Rani Langer-Croager | August 21, 2017

August is Black Business Month. But we would be honored to run this interview with YaVette Holts any month of the year. Holts is founder of  the Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses and customers who want to keep dollars circulating within the African-American community. BAOBOB’s directory lists […]

Raising capital while female

Raising Capital While Female: Women Investors Offer Advice

Locavesting Staff | April 24, 2017

Raising capital while female. It comes with a unique set of challenges, not least of which is that the investors you’re pitching are likely to be white males with a certain sort of background. Given the tendency of people to invest in and generally gravitate towards others similar to them—a trait known as homophily—women and […]

Three Women-Owned Startups That You Can Invest In Today

Locavesting Staff | March 10, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when it comes to raising capital for their businesses. They’re turned down more often than men and, when they do raise money, they raise smaller sums. (It’s a good thing they know how to do more with less). That’s starting to change, as new funding options that bypass the […]

minorities crowdfunding

Minorities Lag in Crowdfunding, Study Says

Locavesting Staff | February 20, 2017

Women and minority entrepreneurs have long been at a disadvantage when it comes to raising seed and growth capital for their ventures. That’s one reason why there was so much excitement about the JOBS Act. By cutting out the gatekeepers and allowing entrepreneurs to appeal directly to their communities and the general public, investment crowdfunding […]

impact investing

Impact Investing Rise Good News for Women and Benefit Corps

Anne Field | February 8, 2017

Impact investing is expanding, and that is creating new opportunities for social enterprises, including Benefit Corporations, women-led firms and community-based ventures. Those are some of the implications of a recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) Foundation. “There are encouraging signs for social entrepreneurs,” says Meg Voorhes, director of research for […]

A Crowdfunding Site for Women Entrepreneurs That Pays it Forward

Anne Field | November 22, 2016

During many years spent shivering in the stands while watching her kids play on one sports team or another, Maria Valente wished there were a way to get a cup of coffee or hot chocolate without leaving the game. Talking to another young mom, she realized she was not alone in that simple desire. That’s […]

Startups: On the Rise and Increasingly Diverse

Locavesting Staff | August 5, 2016

Startup activity in the U.S. is on the rise again. Three-hundred and thirty out of every 100,000 adults became an entrepreneur last year—translating to 550,000 new businesses a month. A growing number of them were women and Latinos, and most started a new venture to seize an opportunity, rather than out of necessity. These are […]

As Population Becomes More Diverse, Funding Options Grow

Amy Cortese | January 19, 2016

The gorgeous mosaic that makes up the U.S. is becoming more so. African-Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics collectively account for 38% of the U.S. population, and are expected to surpass 50% by 2044. And the Millennial generation is not only large, it is the most racially diverse in the nation’s history. This multi-culti melting pot […]

If Startup Funding is so Plentiful, Why Are Many Women Entrepreneurs Still Struggling?

Jenny Kassan | June 30, 2015

Women entrepreneurs, do any of the following comments sound familiar? “I’m having lots of conversations and none of them are going anywhere.” “I had an investor commit but now he won’t answer my phone calls.” “I got sexually harassed when I pitched the first time.” “An investor asked if I was truly committed to the […]