Venture capital · Fundraising

Who are female-friendly investors, Angels and VCs?


August 3rd, 2015

I saw the question about investors to stay away from and it got me thinking, who are the investors that are female-friendly? Not looking for any negative answers here, just curious who people have had good relationships and experiences with? Entire firms, individual angels, or VC suggestions welcome. Ideally, you've had first-hand experience, not just heard. 


August 3rd, 2015

Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures is doing interesting things:

What's probably more relevant than the gender of the VC is finding the people who have funded companies similar to yours. Crunchbase isthetool for that:

The Founder's Network is a great resource, too. A guy who went to Stanford asked me why I was a member of FN. When He realized that as a Stnford alum, he already had a network and didn't need FN. But for me, Founder's Network eventshaveintroduced me to a number of VCs, including some great women:

Helen Adeosun

August 5th, 2015

I second Pipeline as we are funded by Pipeline in Boston and it's a great network that wants to work for the Founder to think through challenges.

Thank you,

Raj Dhonota

August 4th, 2015

The Womens StartUp Lab in Sillicon Valley seems pretty woman friendly :) CF  

Richard Harris Top 25 Inside Sales Leader, Public Speaker, 40 Most Inspiring Leader, Sales Trainer, Start-Up Advisor, SalesHacker

August 3rd, 2015

I would suggest Cindy Padnos from Illuminate. Also Scott Maxwell at OpenView

Barbara Clarke Angel Investor

August 9th, 2015

I'm an angel with Astia ( and we are a group of men and women who only fund seed stage companies with women on the founding team.  We fund companies anywhere in the US and in Europe.  You can apply online.
Other angel groups I would recommend are:
Investors Circle - angels plus a fund (social impact)
Launchpad Venture Group - angels (Boston only)
Launch Capital (VC)
37 Angels 
NY Angels
AIF - Angel Investors Forum (CT)
Belle Capital
Golden Seeds (Boston, NYC, SF) - angels plus a fund
LearnLaunch - if you are edtech that's a connecting point beyond the accelerator
Pipeline Fellowship - nationwide, focused on social impact, women-led
Also there is a new fund via called Rising Tides which is a fund created by 99 women angels (I'm on the investment committee)

Hope that helps.  (Thanks Helen for posting to LinkedIn)

H Workman Founder & CEO // Favore Media Group, Inc.

August 17th, 2015

It’s great to see so many focused on supporting the growth of female entrepreneurs, but if you don’t have a personal connection in some way it doesn’t seem likely you will be considered without an introduction. For someone like myself that lacks any connections to such investment circles, it becomes incredibly challenging (but not impossible). Perhaps this lack of connections for female entrepreneurs plays more into the current investment gap than some believe. 

Mike Downey Writer, Publisher, Curator, Entrepreneur, & Speaker: Music, Film, Sports, & Venture Capital.

August 3rd, 2015

Where are the female investors? 

David Benzaquen Founder & CEO at PlantBased Solutions; Keynote Speaker and Natural Products Expert

August 5th, 2015

Definitely Golden Seeds and also check out 37 Angels.

Patrick Hidalgo

August 4th, 2015

MergeLane out of Boulder.

Scott McGregor Advisor, co-founder, consultant and part time executive to Tech Start-ups. Based in Silicon Valley.

August 3rd, 2015

I also recommend Cindy Padnos from Illuminate.