The Ultimate Guide for Female Tech EntrepreneursBy Amanda Lewan on February 10th, 2014 /
Calling all female entrepreneurs. Though you may get to call your own shots as a boss, there is a different type of glass ceiling you will face. Women frequently receive less investments working on a tech startup, and still have to work harder to stand out.
Below is our guide of resources, information, advice, funding and more available for you if you’re a woman business owner. We hope this list helps make it a little easier for you.
Let us know what we’re missing and we’ll add it below.
The Ultimate Guide for Female Tech Entrepreneurs
1. Women 2.0 – This national organization provides online content and community for female entrepreneurs. You’ll also find Women 2.0 Female Founder Friday events around the country, and locally in Detroit. It’s a great way to connect with other entrepreneurs, share advice and insights, and access startup events. Check out their Founder Labs program, perfect for the first time entrepreneur.
2. Girl Develop It – This international organization is certified by the Board of Education to host web development and design classes. Through classes, community, and resources, this group is empowering women of all backgrounds to enter the software industry. Check their website to find a local chapter near you.
3. TEDWomen – We all need inspiration at times. Women just as much as anyone need to be reassured they can and will succeed. TEDWomen is group of inspirational and educational talks great for the business owner. They hosted a conference in 2013, and will hopefully host another one soon.
4. Office of Women Business Ownership – Through the U.S. Small Business Association this chapter focuses on helping women owned businesses succeed. There are helpful resources listed on their website that are great for a female entrepreneur.
5. Digital Undivided – This program aims to grow women in the digital workforce. They have a whole series of workshops aimed at urban entrepreneurship, helping women get started starting up. They also have a special pipeline fellowship worth checking out.
6. L’Oreal NEXT Lab – The lab program and L’Oreal award focuses on grants for women led and co-led companies developing innovative technology initiatives in partnership with L’Oreal. It could be a really great opportunity if you see synergy with this corporation.
7. Startup Weekend – Global Entrepreneur’s Week Women’s Circle is a special competition for women entrepreneurs who win at a Startup Weekend.
8. Change the Ratio – One woman’s quest to change the ratio of women working in technology, Rachel Skylar’s blog has been noticed by the likes of Mashable and The Knight Foundation. It may be one to add to your reading list.
9. Mom Biz – An online community full of business mentorship, resources, and support for the mom entrepreneur.
10. The BOSS Network – Dedicated for “bringing out successful sisters” this network is on a mission to promote and encourage women entrepreneurs by providing support online and through events.
11. Chic CEO – Online resources aimed at empowering female entrepreneurship. Their blog is also featured in Forbes.
12. Project Eve – This is a great resource full of insights for women business owners, covering everything from business finance to maintain a healthy work-life balance. It is definitely worth checking out and adding to your reading list.
13. Ladies Who Launch – You’ll find members of this group all over the country, and active online too.
14. Women Entrepreneur – A great section of Entrepreneur.com covering startup stories, female leaders, and happenings.
Resources In Michigan
1. Inform Michigan – A professional Women’s Alliance in Michigan, this group is aiming to accelerate women owned business in the state. I’ve heard nothing but great things about their programs.
2. Michigan Women in Tech Council – Women need mentors to help them grow and learn along the way. The Michigan Women in Tech Council helps connect all women professionals in the industry with great mentors. The group also has online educational resources and plenty of great networking events.
3. Entrepreneur in YOU – This competition awards female entrepreneurs across lifestyle, high growth, and social entrepreneurship categories. Hosted annually, the competition is coming up this March.
What else would you add to this list of resources? Share with us below.
Special thanks to Monica Wheat for her contributions on this post.
Photo via Women 2.0.