Special to The Globe and Mail
Initiatives to increase the number of women in the notoriously male-dominated startup world are catching on around the world.
There are accelerators – such as the S Factory in Santiago, Chile; Upstart in Memphis, Tenn. and Prosper in St. Louis, Mo. – that give women-led startups mentorship and up to $50,000 (U.S.) in seed investment. Co-working spaces for startups with at least one female founder, such as WMN in Israel, exist too. In Canada, the Waterloo-based Communitech’s Fierce Founders programming offers women entrepreneurs hands-on training and funding of up to $30,000 (Canadian).
Then there are the investors and organizations that fund women-led startups, the informal support groups for women and the women-only networking events.