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WBENC Matchmaker Series

Resource: WBENC Matchmaker Series
Hosted by: Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
To learn more contact: http://www.wbenc.org/matchmaker-series/

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council provides formal matchmaking events to connect corporate and government representatives to WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE). Matchmaking events are held two times a year.

Primary Assistance: Networks
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: WBENC-certified as a WBE
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: Yes

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Webgrrls International

Resource: Webgrrls International
Hosted by: Webgrrls International
To learn more contact: https://www.webgrrls.com/member/join/

Webgrrls International is an online and offline networking organization of professional business women focused on propelling their careers and businesses forward. The program focuses on helping participants network and connect with others, leverage technology, learn new skills, find mentors and interns, and gain access to support and information.

Primary Assistance: Networks
Location(s): New York City, NY
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: No

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Small Giants Community

Resource: Small Giants Community
Hosted by: Small Giants
To learn more contact: https://www.smallgiants.org/

The Small Giants Community is a global membership organization focused on the promotion, implementation, and advancement of running a successful values-driven business. Membership in the Small Giants Community grants entrepreneurs the ability to connect with global leaders and access to exclusive events and myriad online forums and resources.

Primary Assistance: Networks
Location(s): Varies over time 
Primary Requirements: None 
Industry Focus: None 
First Step: Register 
Submission or start date: No
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V-Wise Program

Resource: V-Wise Program
Hosted by: Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
To learn more contact: http://whitman.syr.edu/vwise/about.aspx

V-Wise is a program open to all female veterans, active-duty female service members, and female partners/spouses of active-duty service members and veterans who share the goal of launching and growing sustainable business ventures. The program features a 15-day online learning experience and a 3-day training conference as well as ongoing community mentoring.

Primary Assistance: Networks, Technical Assistance, Education
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Vistage

Resource: Vistage
Hosted by: Vistage
To learn more contact: http://www.vistage.com

Vistage is an invite-only peer-advisory group that teaches start-ups and small businesses how to become successful. Vistage offers a variety of services, including CEO and executive coaching, leadership development, business mentoring, peer group meetings, and access to vast online resources.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: $5 million in profit/loss responsibility
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Invitation, recommendation or nomination required
Submission or start date: No

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Vinetta Showcase

Resource: Vinetta Showcase
Hosted by: Vinetta Project
To learn more contact: http://vinettacalendar.strikingly.com/

The Vinetta Showcase is a high-impact pitch and panel series that features female founders who pitch the room and an elite panel of active investors as well as successful startup founders. The esteemed panel offers straight-talk, actionable advice, feedback and connections to make these companies stronger. The Showcase is an opportunity to hear from the most influential investors and entrepreneurs out there.

Primary Assistance: Networks, Technical Assistance
Location(s): NY, CA, CO, D.C.
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Startup Grind

Resource: Startup Grind
Hosted by: Startup Grind
To learn more contact: https://www.startupgrind.com

Startup Grind is the largest independent start-up community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in more than 185 cities worldwide. Startup Grind offers an annual conference and monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Primary Assistance: Networks
Location(s): AZ, CA, CO, CT, D.C., FL, WI, GA, IA, ID, IL, MA, MI, MN, MT, NY, NC, NJ, NV, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WY
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: No

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The Points of Light Civic Accelerator

Resource: The Points of Light Civic Accelerator
Hosted by: Points of Light
To learn more contact: http://www.pointsoflight.org/civic-incubator/civic-accelerator

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator program and investment fund is focused on “civic ventures”—for-profit and nonprofit start-ups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 3-month, boot camp–style program convenes 10 to 15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each start-up to seek investments and scale their social innovation.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks, Finance
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: Operating less than 5 years
Industry Focus: Social Entrepreneurship
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Techstars Accelerator

Resource: Techstars Accelerator
Hosted by: Techstars Foundation
To learn more contact: http://www.techstars.com/

Techstars is a 3-month mentorship-driven start-up accelerator that helps entrepreneurs raise start-up funding and gain critical insight to help launch your business. The program offers office space, capital funding, and access to Techstars’ network of more than 5,000 alumni and mentors globally.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Finance, Networks
Location(s): TX, NY, MA, CO, IL, WA, MO, CA, GA
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Software, Web-based Technology
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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The Dolphin Tank

Resource: The Dolphin Tank
Hosted by: Springboard Enterprises
To learn more contact: https://sb.co/dolphintank/

Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® programs are “helpful feedback-driven” pitch sessions designed to provide entrepreneurs with actionable insights from knowledgeable people. The Dolphin Tank isn’t about Sharks or Dragons or a competition for the best idea, it’s about channeling the expertise of the people in the room to provide connections and advice to help entrepreneurs take the next step.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Technology
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: Yes
Women-Centered: Yes
Access: In-person
Upfront Fees: Inquire with resource