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SheStarts is working to create a world where women-led companies are valued equally to their male counterparts.
131 backers pledged $18,775 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

We know that what’s good for women is good for everyone. Gender bias is bad for business. Research shows that teams, companies, economies, all perform better when women are involved. 

We know women entrepreneurs start companies with 50% less capital than male entrepreneurs and that the biggest challenge women face when starting and growing their businesses is access to capital whether that’s due to gender bias, access to networks, lack of training and support, or all of the above.

We also know an incredibly talented, committed, and vibrant community of women founders in Boston and across the country. In 2014 we convened some of these women and watched as deals were done, partnerships were formed, and valuable contacts were made for hiring talent, sourcing materials, and solving other business problems.

Inspired by that initial event and spurred on by the feedback and requests to do more, we can’t stop and won’t stop until women-led companies are valued (in every meaning of the word) equally to their male counterparts.

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.

Special Thanks:

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.

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Sometimes we could use a little confidence. And sometimes we need to make sure we don't have spinach in our teeth before a big pitch. We're solving that problem with a pocket mirror emblazoned with "This is what an entrepreneur looks like."

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    Cheers! Impress your friends with your support for women founders when you open your next bottle of wine or beer with a stylish SheStarts wooden handle corkscrew / bottle opener.

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    "Start up and carry on" with our customized SheStarts tote bag. Great for carrying anything but insecurities.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Become a charter member of SheStarts! Membership will get you special rates on programs, early access to all events, first sign ups for office hours and member programs, exclusive access to our web platform, member benefits, and more.

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    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    You get a charter membership to SheStarts plus one to give away. You will also get a free ticket to SheDemos 2017, our flagship event.

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    You will be named as an Event Sponsor in 2016. Your logo will be on all of the event's marketing material and you will be recognized at the event.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Two event sponsorship package plus a SheStarts charter membership.

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    You will be named a SheStarts Annual Sponsor. Your logo will be on all SheStarts event material and marketing materials throughout the year.

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    Pledge US$ 10,000 About US$ 10,000

    Bring a SheStarts program to your organization or city. We will work with you to develop and execute a customized event at your location that suits the needs of your community. (Continental U.S. Only)

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