Fem-preneurs and Equity Crowdfunding

It’s 2017, and just 17% of startups have female founders. But with equity crowdfunding at play, things are beginning to shift.

As a gender-neutral platform, crowdfunding has the potential to be a catalyst for change in the venture ecosystem. Crowdfunding allows female entrepreneurs like me (and you?) to compete more equitably in funding our ventures and seeing them through to success. In fact, a recent study by consultancy firm PwC and The Crowdfunding Center found that over the past two years, female-led crowdfunding campaigns around the world were 32% more successful at reaching their funding targets than male-led campaigns. This report suggests that the main reason women are leading the way is because crowdfunding itself attracts more women backers than traditional venture capital, where just 7% of partners at the top 100 firms globally are women.

We’re just starting to see how equity crowdfunding is influencing female entrepreneurship. There are still very few funding portals with female founders, but Small Change is helping lead the way.

We may soon see an industry full of Women Women, disrupting the status quo and making the world a better place through innovation.

An Interview Jenny Kassan: “Ask yourself what makes you come alive.”

Have you seen this inspiring interview with Jenny Kassan? The Bay Area social entrepreneur and financial innovator spoke with The Courage to be Happy Community ezine about the obstacles she’s faced along the way, and how she’s overcome self-doubt.

Reading the interview, it’s clear just how giving, honest, and positive Jenny is. She’s all about empowering entrepreneurs to help one another, and motivating women to figure out the things that—in her words—”make your heart sing.”

The Yale and Berkeley-educated attorney and advisor also shared one of her favorite quotes, from civil rights leader Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Are you ready to make your heart sing, and help your business come alive?

Jenny will be in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 21 to present her “Fund and Fuel Your Dreams” workshop, which she recently gave as a three-day version in San Francisco. One of the most knowledge sources when it comes to creative capital-raising for social enterprises and small businesses, Jenny will help you learn to:

  • Take your business to the next level.
  • Make an impact doing what you love.
  • Avoid pitfalls and stay in control.
  • Find investors that are the right fit for you.
  • Get clarity and support in a community of inspiring women.

Join us for this special one-day workshop, and learn the tools and strategies for raising capital on your own terms.

Fuel and Fund Your Dreams

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. (registration) – 5 p.m.,
Location: The Shop, 621 N. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Price: $99, includes reception following workshop