Tag: women entrepreneurs

Austin-Based Notley Expands Programs to San Antonio
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Austin-Based Notley Expands Programs to San Antonio

Notley, a philanthropic organization that leverages funding from traditional investments in real estate, venture funds, startups, and donations to support social impact innovation, has set its sights on San Antonio. Founded by BuildASign co-founder Dan Graham, nonprofit executive Lisa Graham, and entrepreneur Matt McDonnell, Notley is a new type of philanthropic entity that brings entrepreneurial thinking and approaches to connecting for-profit and nonprofit spaces. Notley has run Philanthropitch San Antonio for the past three years, a fast-pitch competition created for nonprofits. This year’s event will be held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on October 12 with support from the Mays Family Foundation.  Read more: Youth Code Jam Pitch Perfect at Philantropitch San Antonio ...
Beam Angel Network For Female-Owned Startups Launches Across Texas
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Beam Angel Network For Female-Owned Startups Launches Across Texas

A new investor network is looking to close the massive gender funding gap for female-run startups. Women@Austin, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting female entrepreneurs, is launching the Beam Angel Network, the first Texas-based angel network for women-founded companies. Investors will fund early-stage, Texas-based, women-founded companies with high potential. Beam will aim for diversity and equity within their investor community, deal flow, founders, and community partners, said Jessica Gaffney, CEO  and executive director of Women@Austin. The share of venture capital or VC dollars that flowed into startups founded by a woman or a group of women in 2019 was $3.54 billion—only 2.7% of total VC investment. Yet, companies with a female founder perform 63% better than all-male f...
Pros and Cons of Startup Financing Sources
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Pros and Cons of Startup Financing Sources

Margot Slosson is director of the LiftFund Women’s Business Center, a program of LiftFund, the largest micro and small business lender in the U.S. The nonprofit organization is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and provides loans and business training to enterprises of all kinds—from startups to established businesses—in 14 different states.As director of the Women’s Business Center, Slosson helps entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow their businesses with individual consultation, training, and targeted programs. She shares insights into the pros and cons of financing sources for startups or small businesses.Whether you are launching a new business or growing an existing one, capital is essential to success. Founders have a growing number of funding options available—but whi...