At Female Funders, we value inclusion, diversity, measurable impact, and transparency in the finance industry. Our mission is to increase diversity in the investment and tech ecosystems by empowering female leaders to become investors. Demystifying the path to becoming an investor is an important first step.
Women have the expertise and the capital to make an impact. Through education, access to investment opportunities, and a global community, Female Funders is giving them the tools to become early-stage investors — and ultimately shaping the future of funding.
What began as a desire to increase diversity in the financial and tech industries led to Female Funders founder Katherine Hague setting a goal of supporting one thousand women in making their first angel investment. That BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) evolved into a community for aspiring angel investors to learn, connect, and invest. The first Angel Academy class graduated in December of 2015.
In 2017, Female Funders was acquired by Highline BETA, a venture capital and startup co-creation company, with the intention of evolving the Angel Academy curriculum and expanding the Female Funders community to help even more women make better investments and generate solid returns.
Although women are mentors, advisors, and champions, we often don’t self-identify as investors. Today, women have the opportunity to put our capital to work – and shape the future of innovation – as investors. Female Funders is proud to work with the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) and many of North America’s top venture capital firms to support education and increase access for women.