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GingerBread Capital

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How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
New York, New York
Year Founded
2017
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Led by Linnea Roberts and Ita Ekpoudom, GingerBread is named for Roberts's mother, Ginger Conrad. Conrad was the founder and publisher of MBE, a magazine that promotes business ownership among women and minorities as a route to economic empowerment. The name is particularly fitting given that GingerBread is backed by a family office, rather than a group of traditional limited partners. GingerBread, which backs women founders and co-founders across industries, has the flexibility to invest from Series A up through growth capital. Its portfolio includes home-renovations platform Sweeten, women-focused co-working space the Riveter, and edtech company ThinkCerca.

GoldenSeeds

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How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
New York, New York
Year Founded
2005
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Golden Seeds was one of the first angel groups to invest exclusively in women-led companies. It's now one of the biggest and best-known, with headquarters in New York City and chapters in five other locations. Golden Seeds also runs three venture funds and has invested more than $100 million since 2005. Its portfolio com­panies include Poshly, Tot Squad, and Cognition Therapeutics.

Halogen Ventures

Jesse Draper, founding partner of Halogen Ventures.
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How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
Los Angeles, California
Year Founded
2016
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Jesse Draper's credentials include being a former Nickelodeon star and the creator and host of the Emmy-nominated talk show The Valley Girl Show. She also happens to be a fourth-generation venture capitalist. In 2017, Draper -- great-granddaughter of VC pioneer General William Draper, granddaughter of Bill Draper III, and daughter of Tim Draper -- raised $10.4 million for Halogen Ventures, which invests in female founders in consumer technology. For Draper's commitment, she also demands one in return: that eventually, these entrepreneurs will also invest in other female founders. Draper's early investments include direct-to-consumer window coverings company Barn and Willow; Werk, a platform and marketplace for those seeking flexible work; and online logistics company Shipsi. The fund has also had at least four exits: Eloquii, Laurel & Wolf, Vida, and Clover.

Harbinger Ventures

Megan Bent, founder and managing partner, and Seth Beers, managing partner.
Company Information

How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Location
Boulder, Colorado
Year Founded
2016
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Megan Bent, the founder and managing partner of Harbinger, spent 10 years investing in consumer brands before starting her own fund. One thing she noticed during that time: "Without purpose and intention, you often ended up without enough women at the table, and you missed the opportunity to create more authentic innovation." Now Harbinger is investing out of its second fund, targeting consumer-focused companies with a woman founder or co-founder. To encourage collaboration between its entrepreneurs, Harbinger reserves 10 percent of its own promote to be shared among its portfolio companies. "That really drives value creation among the entrepreneurs, but also the firm," says Boulder-based Bent. "They're our best source of new deal flow." The fund's investments include period products company Cora, baby food upstart Once Upon a Farm, and baking mix company Miss Jones Baking Co.

Harlem Capital Partners

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How the 2019 The Fundery Companies Were Selected

The Fundery includes venture capital funds that take equity stakes in women entrepreneurs or women-led companies as the execution of all or part of their investment theses. It does not include angel networks (unless they also run a venture capital fund) nor does it include special purpose vehicles.

Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Industry
Financial Services
Year Founded
2018
Data as of Publication on May 13, 2019
Company Description

Nearing the end of his time at Harvard Business School, Henri Pierre-Jacques had an uncomfortable realization: He didn't want to work for a "non-minority-owned" firm. His background was in private equity, and minority-owned financial firms are rare. Already an active angel investor, he decided instead to start his own business. Teaming with colleagues Jarrid Tingle and Brandon Bryant, as well as entrepreneur John Henry, Pierre-Jacques founded Harlem Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in female, black, and Latinx founders. As of March 2019, Harlem Capital had closed on about $7.5 million of a proposed $25 million fund. The company now has four portfolio companies: men's skin care company Pangaea; health tech company Moving Analytics; supply chain software Sudu; and menstrual products maker Aunt Flow. The long-term goal: to raise a billion-dollar fund and invest in 1,000 diverse founders in the next 20 years.