Top 3 obstacles entrepreneurial women must overcome

It's worth noting that while startup life is obviously never easy, tackling it head-on as a female entrepreneur presents its own unique set of challenges. Thankfully, we are at the cusp of a shift, and these obstacles should soon be a thing of the past. But until then, here are three hurdles worth looking out for, and how to leap over them.  ​[Read full article on Entrepreneur]
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The five barriers to women in business

The UK economy stands to benefit from a £250 billion ($326 billion) boost by closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship. Following independent research into the barriers women face to starting a business, the UK treasury is planning to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in the UK by 50 per cent. While the recommendations call for greater transparency to combat gender bias in funding, lack of finance isn't the only challenge facing female entrepreneurs. Here, successful women share ...
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Calling all women founders: Participate in Inc.'s 2019 female entrepreneurship survey

Inc. and Fast Company want to hear from female entrepreneurs for their 2019 survey on the State of Women and Entrepreneurship. Last year 279 female founders shared their experiences and opinions about financing, business culture, identity, politics, personal sacrifices, and more. And the results of the joint survey revealed some surprising findings. The results of the new 2019 survey will be featured in the October print issues of both magazines, as well as appearing online, and participants can...
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4 things we can learn from the fastest-growing women-led small businesses

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise and some of the fastest growing businesses are either founded or co-founded by women. Geri Stengel, founder and head of a New York-based research firm, says women business owners tend to be good at allocating capital, collaborating inside and outside their companies, and listening to the needs of others. As a result, "they tend to be rated as better managers than men." To help you create winning strategies for accelerating your own company's growt...
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Jane VC wants to make it easier for female founders to pitch for funding

Despite their growing numbers, female entrepreneurs are still struggling to attract the same level of funding as their male counterparts. Networks play a crucial role in raising capital, yet women often find it difficult to access the right kind of networks to establish their credibility and get in front of the right investors. Here, Cari Sommer shares how the founders of a new venture capital fund are helping female entrepreneurs overcome the additional hurdles they face by building "a new inve...
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Tackle negotiations as a woman entrepreneur


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New accelerator launched for female entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Applications are now open for a new accelerator programme that aims "to equip female entrepreneurs with the skills, resources and support needed to rapidly grow and scale their companies in emerging African markets." Greenhouse Capital, launched by Nigerian VC firm Venture Garden Group, is offering an intensive three-month programme to help startups validate their ideas, bring their products to market and attract investment. The firm is inviting applications from early stage startups—with at lea...
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Turning tables on female boundaries

Being a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry can be challenging and "the trick to breaking the mould is to know what you are doing, have a good track record within the industry and maintain a good relationship with your clients," says Lucy Agwunobi, co-founder of Arredo by TRT. To help you become successful in less time, Agwunobi shares here the key lessons she learned during the early years of running her own business, how to speed up your learning curve and the best way to avoid fa...
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Cartier is looking for innovative & impact-driven women-led businesses

 Female entrepreneurs representing 7 regions—Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Far East Asia, and South-East Asia—are invited to apply for the 2019 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. The judges are looking for female-led startups that are financially sustainable, socially responsible and have potential for significant growth. During the first round, 3 finalists from each region will receive one-to-one business coaching and attend ...
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Women-only coworking spaces take on the boys' club of business

In business meetings or at networking events, it can be difficult being the only woman in a room full of men who tend to dominate discussions. "The world is a men's club," says The Wing cofounder Audrey Gelman, and this can make women feel unwelcome and uncomfortable. For New York-based The Wing, the solution is to provide coworking spaces for female professionals that are open to women only. In the UK, AllBright cofounder Anna Jones and We Heart Mondays cofounder Layla Rivelino are following su...
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