The Golden Seeds Vision
The achievement of lasting impact by propelling women entrepreneurs. A sterling opportunity for investors.
Women’s entrepreneurship is booming! As of 2018, it is estimated that there are now 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States. Between 2007 and 2018, the number of women-owned businesses increased 58%, compared to a 12% increase among all businesses – a growth rate of nearly five times times the national average.*
Women entrepreneurs are often determined innovators who have the potential to scale their businesses and contribute to the economy in countless ways. However, ultimate success requires access to capital and influential networks to propel growth – the same qualities that build market-leading companies.
When Golden Seeds was founded in 2005, women entrepreneurs represented less than 3% of all companies receiving start-up capital. The goal was to raise substantial capital for women entrepreneurs and to encourage both women and men to become active venture investors, by providing a venue where they could learn and work together. At Golden Seeds, investors review hundreds of investment opportunities each year. The companies are actively vetted, coached and advised by our network. We offer an environment in which today’s most exciting women-led businesses receive capital and connections to grow and successfully exit. We aim to achieve market returns for our investors while at the same time creating lasting impact. **
In 2018, women-led companies represented 20% of all companies receiving early-stage funding, a substantial increase since our founding in 2005. Golden Seeds is proud of its contribution to the growth and vitality of women entrepreneurs. **
* 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report, American Express
** University of New Hampshire, Center for Venture Research