Women have historically found it more challenging than men have to raise venture capital. But that's changing, as D.M. Osborne notes in "A Network of Her Own," a story in the September 2000 issue of Inc. magazine. More women are getting M.B.A.s, and the Internet is leveling the playing field -- which means women are increasingly parlaying their business experience into VC-attractive entrepreneurial endeavors.

At the same time, women are also gaining recognition as VCs and advisers themselves, creating what some are calling a "new-girl network." Here's a list of venture funds, angel investor groups and networking resources targeted to women business owners.

VENTURE FUNDS

Axxon Capital
28 State St.
37th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
617-722-0980
www.axxoncapital.com

Ark Capital Management
150 North Walcher Drive
Suite 2360
Chicago, IL 60606
312-541-0330
www.arkvc.com

Fund Isabella
312 Walnut St.
Suite 3540
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-721-7110
www.fundisabella.com

Inroads Capital Partners
1603 Orrington Ave.
Suite 2050
Evanston, IL 60201
847-864-2000
www.inroadsvc.com is under construction.

New Vista Capital
540 Cowper Street
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-329-9333
www.nvcap.com

Viridian Capital
220 Montgomery St.
Suite 946
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-391-8950
www.viridian-capital.com

WomenFirst Capital Fund
P.O. Box 7505
Portland, ME 04112-7505
207-828-1077
www.womenfirstcapital.com

Women's Growth Capital Fund
Canal Square
1054 31st St. NW
Suite 110
Washington, DC 20007
202-342-1431
www.wgcf.com

ANGEL GROUPS

Angel2Angel
www.Angel2Angel.com

Renaissance Ventures
Boston, MA 02120
617-536-0700 x240
www.cweboston.org(Look in the "Financing" area of the CWE site.)

Seraph Capital Forum
PMB 395
227 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
annak@woodscreek.com
www.seraphcapital.com

WomenAngels.net
202-342-1627
1054 31st St. NW
Suite 110
Washington, DC 20007
www.womenangels.net

NETWORKING AND SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Center for Women and Enterprise
1135 Tremont St.
Suite 480
Boston, MA 02120
617-536-0700
www.cweboston.org

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
1207 Indiana St.
Suite 2
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-970-9000
www.fwe.org

Financial Women's Association of New York
215 Park Ave. S
Suite 1713
New York, NY 10003
212-533-2141
www.fwa.org

U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Women's Business Ownership
Washington, DC
202-205-6673
www.sba.gov/financing/special/women.html