What We Do
You have the business. We have the network and curriculum to get you funded.
Join our 12-week accelerator program for high-potential female founders to get investment ready.
A hands-on programme connecting female founders with the skills, mentorship, and network they need to raise a seed or Series A investment.
WHY WE DO IT
Startups founded by women receive less than half as much funding as male-founded startups while generating more than twice as much revenue per dollar invested (BCG).
Data shows that a warm introduction to a VC is 13 times more likely to lead to an investment than a cold pitch, but women are far less likely to have a warm introduction than all-male teams.
Female founders are strong, capable, and good for business – but they’re not getting the help and resources they need. We’re here to bridge that gap.
HOW WE DO IT
We are female founders, and we have experienced first hand the pains of raising funds and taking our company to the next stage. This is why we have created a 12 week hands-on programme for high-potential female founders. Our expert-led curriculum teaches you how to pitch effectively, negotiate powerfully, and put your business in the best possible position for funding success. We then give you access to a network of investors seeking startups just like yours.
Throughout the programme you’ll have world-class mentorship, a supportive and engaged community, and a unique hands-on practice program to get you investment ready.
The 200BnClub funding initiative commits to supporting the progression of women led startups from early stage to Series A to intelligently decrease the gender gap prevalent in the investment landscape by initially targeting Stage 1 (Deal Flow) and Stage 2 (Pitch) of the investment process.
Female founders are good for business, they’re good for investors, customers, for profitability and workplace cultures, including achieving better balanced workforces.
Just in the UK 33% of entrepreneurs are women, we see untapped economic potential for growth that could add 1.1 million new businesses.
What’s in it for you?
VC’s and Angel investors interested in female founded startups face a lack of qualified deal flow.
On average only 5% of pitchdecks reaching VCs are from all-female teams and 20% from mixed gender teams. The remaining 75% of pitchdecks are from founding teams with no women. (British Business Bank Report).
Every quarter, we will source for you a deal flow made of pre-vetted female founded startups that have gone through our training program and are intelligently matched to your selection criteria.
You can be an angel investor or a VC and join our investment committees.
Committees will be divided by industries and you will only be introduced to those startups that fit your investment profile.
We have experienced first hand the fundraising process ourselves as startup founders but also as investors.
We understand the shortfalls, recognise the benefits and potential returns.
We’ve been working with women to open up access to female friendly investors since 2017.
To join our committee and get access to a pre-qualified deal flow of female founders click below and complete your details.
OUR VC PARTNERS
What our VC Partners have to say
Globally only 20% of startups have at least one female founder. Conscious efforts must be made by everyone to encourage women into this space, by providing equal opportunities, initiatives, and support. Having women founders should be the norm, not the exception to the rule.
Oana Botez, Community & Events Manager at Point Nine Capital
As VCs, we are in the privileged position of making investments that have a real impact on the world we live in. But I believe we can do more to find and invest in founders that reflect our diverse society. Addressing female under-representation not only makes business sense but will also enable the next generation of founders to see themselves in the tech leaders of today. Partnering with the 200bn Club can help us shape a new generation of female leaders.
Edel Coen, Head of deal flow at Molten Capital
Having previously ran my own community organisation focused on female founders and creatives, I’ve seen the possibilities for women when equipped with adequate resources. Similarly, the 200BN Club mentoring early-stage female-led teams is crucial as the journey becomes more difficult at growth stage. Their ‘no one left behind‘ motto is encouraging as it shows genuine interest in mobilising female founders in the Tech and VC industry.
Esther Akpovi, Venture Scout at Ada Ventures
There are plenty of high potential women out there with strong aspirations to become entrepreneurs, but some of them are lacking access to peers and mentors who can share their experiences, and learnings, and with whom these future entrepreneurs can share their hopes and fears. I'm a strong believer in the power of community - rising tides raise all ships - and initiatives such as the 200bn Club are great ways to give them a nudge to jump into the water.
Alison Imbert, Partner at Partech Partners
For so long, companies most likely to receive venture backing have been those with good connections in the industry, meaning many top founders and verticals have been overlooked. At Ascension, we screen over 3,000 companies a year and through our impact funds and novel initiatives, such as the Debut Sessions, we are presented with a much wider pool of potential deals. As an investor we feel responsible for expanding the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the UK and beyond. One's gender or race shouldn't impact the way in which investors assess founders in the investment process. We are excited to work together with 200Bn Club to support more female founders in accessing capital.
Iulia Tudor, Portfolio Manager at Ascension
At SuperSeed we are passionate about backing the very best entrepreneurs to create world-changing companies. We joined the £200Bn Club as a founding partner as part of our continued effort to make sure we can meet and invest in the UK’s best female entrepreneurs.
James Sore, Principal at SuperSeed
Fintechs with female founders represent ~15% of all fintechs funded in 2020, yet they received less than 8% of the nearly $17bn deployed in the space last year. This deserves serious attention if we want a diverse talent base building the future of financial services.
Jillian Cohn, Partner at Mouro Capital
At Frontline we strongly believe the best entrepreneurs should have an equal opportunity to receive funding regardless of their gender. Currently, the industry data would say that venture funding is very far from having equality or parity in how it is given out. So along with several other initiatives, Frontline is also very happy to support The200Bn Club.
William McQuillan, Partner at Frontline Ventures
A more diverse, equal, and inclusive startup ecosystem is not only important for funding and empowering more female founders, but for building a more sustainable economic and inclusive society as a whole. It will take a community of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors, like the 200Bn Club, working together to make this mission a reality. I’m delighted to be a mentor promoting female founder potential and moving us one step closer to the positive change we need.
May Wang, Investment Associate at Fin VC
Since launching Female Founder Office Hours in 2019, we've seen the progression from 11 investors in attendance to 90 investors. The support we've received from the VC community has been overwhelming and is a ringing endorsement for the collective drive to rebalance gender inequality in our ecosystem. We hope opportunities such as Office Hours translate to increased investment in diverse founders which we are confident will in turn drive better returns and create a more inclusive environment for all.
Jeevan Sunner, VC Investor at Playfair Capital
At Prefcap we are excited to help turn the dial on overlooked founders by backing start-ups through the 200bn Club – a brilliant initiative to help founders get pitch-ready and in front of the venture investment community.
Jesse Heasman, VC Investor at Prefcap
We use data to remove bias from investing decisions and on this issue it is abundantly clear, startups with diverse founders and teams outperform those without.
Tom Britton, Co-founder at Syndikate Room
Women worldwide historically have been underpaid, undervalued, underfunded, under-represented, and underestimated… and still are. Statistics prove there is no better investment now than to #ChooseWOMEN! Wendy Diamond Founder/CEO LDP Ventures/Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)
Wendy Diamond, CEO at LDP Ventures
Not only do women receive less than 3% of venture dollars, but less than 13% of all investors at venture capital firms are women. We need to equalize the playing field by encouraging more women to become investors and to invest in companies that are led by women.
Elizabeth Davis, Principal at Anthemis
Some Fun Facts
Meet the Team
Dr Amber Ghaddar
Amber is one of the founder of AllianceBlock. Founded in 2018, it rebuilds capital markets with emerging tech. With a $200M+ valuation, AllianceBlock is one of the few successful blockchain projects founded by a woman. Amber spent more than 7 years between Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan London, first in structured solution space and later in trading. She is a thought leader in crypto where she's been quoted on various media (Forbes, Bloomberg, BBC...), a university guest lecturer on the subject of cryptocurrencies, a TEDx speaker and an angel investor.
Bridget is the founder of The Bigger Pie. The Bigger Pie was founded in 2019 and aims to support women in tech through a variety of initiatives from providing a support network, active community, highlighting much needed roles models, leadership skills and getting female founders funded. She has recently founded the 0 to CTO program to respond to both the lack of engineers in Web 3.0 and lack of women by upskilling and reskilling exceptional women developers.
Laura is a growth marketing strategist, coach, and speaker. She runs LightSpire Marketing, helping startups and small businesses create content and product marketing strategies that enable rapid growth. Laura has founded four startups and helped hundreds more through her work with incubators and accelerators in Washington DC and Boston.