Raising capital for your business

As a woman in tech, raising capital for your small business or start-up can be incredibly challenging. According to recent research, men are four times more likely to achieve funding for start-ups than women.

While these stats are disappointing, there are organisations out there supporting female-owned businesses, through advice, training and offering ways for you to secure funding. Below are just a few that we would recommend as a starting point.

Funding Circle Transparent


Funding Circle connect creditworthy businesses looking for finance with people and organisations with money to lend. Their platform is more efficient and transparent than traditional lending, and they believe it’s a better system for everyone.


Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s national innovation agency. We support business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions. We help businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem.

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Hatch Enterprise

Since 2014, Hatch has pioneered a unique approach to entrepreneurship support activities, utilising a mix of exclusive events, peer support, hands-on seminars and 1-2-1 skilled support to level the playing field and ensure all entrepreneurs, whatever their background, are given the chance to make their mark.

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The Next Women

The Next Women provides female founders, professionals and investors access to significant knowledge, capital & network. We believe in new opportunities, new ideas, new perspectives and new exciting ventures. It’s our vision that much more prosperity and abundance is possible when we progress into a culture of true equality.

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Beyond HERizons

Beyond HERizons is a 12-month programme that offers a balance of education, support and networking opportunities to our cohort of female founders. Beyond HERizons offers a balance of content, practical support and investor networking opportunities. The programme is curated to be impactful and practical, ensuring that our cohort members receive tangible and sustainable support from experts, our partners and each other.

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AllBright is the world’s leading career network for women. Your destination to connect, upskill and thrive. Whether you’re looking to build your own business, find a mentor, secure a promotion, or even tap into the potential of the metaverse, AllBright provides all the tools you need to achieve your goals. Join a global community of smart-minded women, and gain access to exclusive events, inspiring courses, and unrivalled networking opportunities

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Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund launched in 2014 to address this problem with an opportunity – an investment vehicle focused on investing the next generation of female talent. Over the last seven years, we’ve invested in category-defining female-founded companies like Eloquii, Zola, Maven Clinic, Tala, and so many more. We are tracking cultural shifts and identifying opportunities with greater relevance, and with empathy for the founders’ unique journey and perspective.

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