Who We Are:
SheStarts is an organization that helps women entrepreneurs start, grow, and sustain their businesses.
Our vision is to create a world where women-led companies are valued (in every meaning of the word) equally to their male counterparts. We will do this by helping women gain access to the capital necessary to start and scale their businesses, by convening and fostering powerful networks for women, by training, coaching and mentoring female entrepreneurs, and ultimately by busting gender bias.
Since launching in February 2014, SheStarts has held nearly two dozen networking and educational events attended by more than 1,000 people. In 2015, we partnered with the City of Boston to help produce its first ever Women's Entrepreneurship Week. We also hosted SheDemos, which showcased 27 women-led businesses, awarded more than $30,000 in prizes, and was attended by investors, media, and local industry leaders.
Why We Exist:
Why We're Raising Money on Kickstarter:
We’ve got work to do! In 2016, we plan to:
Offer at least 8 new programs for women entrepreneurs on topics such as pitching, marketing, operations, and scaling a business.
Host at least 8 networking breakfasts.
Build an online platform where women founders can connect, publish, and learn via content and webinars.
Hold office hours for our charter members.
Scale SheDemos to feature more women-led business and offer bigger prize packages.
Revamp our website.
Hire one or two team members to help with programming and marketing.
Call out gender bias when and where we see it!
We chose Kickstarter as our initial fundraising platform because we know that the best way to effect change is to work together. We are asking for your support to fund the change you want to see. Plus, we know that women founders do better raising capital with Kickstarter than with traditional forms of investment.
Dipthi Murthy at Stahtup for producing our video
Donna Shervanian for editing our video
Risks and challenges
Overcoming gender bias is hard. In 2016, women continue to face both subtle and inherent biases as well as instances of overt discrimination. Women founders are succeeding today based on grit, moxie, brains, technical know-how, and the support of other women. The challenge is to scale those successes by expanding the circles of influence for women. That requires building a diverse network of allies. And that takes time. But we are in it for the long haul.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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