Investing in female founders

Investing in female founders

Partnering with Angel Academe

Angel Academe partnership

Angel investors are critical to the startup ecosystem and can provide a wealth of experience and connections alongside seed money. Choosing the right investors is key to the growth and success of your business. It is a long-term relationship and you want the type of investor that understands your business, your industry sector and provides the right network for you as a female founder.

To support you on this journey we have partnered with Angel Academe, a fast-growing and award-winning angel investor network with over 400 registered investors focused on female founded technology businesses. Through this partnership female founders within the Rise and Eagle Labs community now have the opportunity to apply for investment and be fast-tracked1 through to the screening process.

Angel Academe helps female founders who can demonstrate some commercial success with their technology business to access a unique pool of engaged, mainly female investors, who have collectively invested in more than 30 diverse businesses.

For further information, and details of how to apply, visit the Angel Academe Criteria and Process page. You can also find more information about fundraising with Angel Academe, and other related topics, by visiting their blog.

1Fast-tracked means any applicant from the Rise and Eagle Labs ecosystem will be put forward for a screening call with angels to receive verbal feedback and won’t be filtered out at application stage. Moving to the next stage (an Angel Academe pitch event) is based on an assessment of quality and fit relative to the other applications Angel Academe receive. Please remember to add Rise and Eagle Labs in the application form which asks how you heard of Angel Academe.

Sarah Turner, CEO and co-founder of Angel Academe, discusses the importance of networking in trying to secure investment in your business.

Additional resources

Find out more about how Barclays, Rise and Eagle Labs are committed to supporting female founders. 

Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO of Stemettes

How to encourage more women into tech careers

Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE  discusses what needs to change to attract more women to STEM-related careers, the challenges they face, how Covid-19 has changed things, and much more.

Female Innovation Lab

Helping female founders thrive

Barclays, Rise and Eagle Labs are committed to supporting female founders, through programmes, events and connections.

Priya Sharma, Co-Founder of ZestMoney believes that it’s never too early to start building a diverse culture

What founders can do to attract more women into tech

Priya Sharma has always loved tech. It was when she started working with tech startups that everything fell into place. She is now Co-Founder and CFO of one of India’s biggest FinTechs.

What it's like to lead a highly talented team

Katrin Herrling, CEO and Co-Founder of Funding Xchange, on gaining a Highly Commended accolade in the 2019 Rise FinTech Awards.

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