Being a women who launches her own company means facing particular challenges.
While entrepreneurs saw a pretty normal (even great, in Philly) level of venture capital deals last year, women made up a very small percentage, with VC funding declining for women-led startups. Women with careers have also had difficulties in getting back to work during the pandemic. And even as women have driven recent entrepreneurship growth, accessing biz-saving Paycheck Protection Program loans has been difficult, partly due to a lack of relationships with lending institutions as well as an early (now changed) provision that non-employer firms — disproportionately run by women and people of color — could not apply.
But support exists, especially from other women-led orgs, in Philadelphia and beyond. Below are more than 25 resources we sourced from our reporting and from community members to help women founders boost their businesses. All offer professional development, community connection or tactical support.
And if you know of another resource that should be included here, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll update this list periodically.
Mentorship and peer groups
- Philadelphia Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs
- Women’s Business Enterprise Center East
- All Raise
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- The Fourth Floor
- Mom Your Business
- Great Dames
Meetups and events
Online courses and media
Women to know
- Monique Curry-Mims, founder, Empact Data Solutions and Civic Capital Consulting
- Candice Kenyatta, cofounder, Grovider
- Melody Wright, owner and principal, Say/Do Strategies
- Varsovia Fernandez, CEO, V2 Business Advisers
- Jeanette Chapman, founder, Gogetter Enterprises
For more general but still local entrepreneurship resources, check out Philly Startup Leaders. You can also look to this list of more than 15 resources for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, including The Enterprise Center, the African American Chamber of Commerce and Temple University’s Small Business Development Center. And if you’re looking for more general women-in-tech resources, check out this roundup of 75 (!!!) we put together in 2019.
Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.-30-