Four years ago, on a hot summer day in a Union Square coffee shop, ten female founders gathered to brainstorm how to support each other and create a more collaborative funding environment. Fast forward to today, since SheWorx’s founding in 2015, we’ve empowered over 20,000 female founders to build and scale successful companies through a powerful community, hosted more than 300 internationally recognized events, expanded to hands-on education in skills like fundraising, marketing, and management, and helped founders in our community raise over $50M in cumulative funding
I’m proud and humbled the SheWorx values - Ambition, Action, and Altruism - have reached hearts and minds in dozens of cities, as well as outlets like The Atlantic, WSJ, and the Washington Post.
Through it all, our team focused on moving the needle in funding female founders. Increasingly, we saw that an equitable future of funding could only be possible if the investor landscape became dramatically more democratic - and that’s how we met the incredible team at Republic, the leading equity crowdfunding platform.
While women receive less than 2.2% of VC funding, female founders actually outperform men by 30% in crowdfunding - largely due to its community-oriented nature and the ability for non-accredited investors to invest as little as $10. Republic leads the industry: 40% of all investments on Republic have gone to female-founded startups, and since 2018, Republic has facilitated $165M in investments for +100 startups through both accredited and unaccredited investors.
Today, I’m proud to announce SheWorx joins Republic to make the best of equity crowdfunding accessible to the most ambitious, action-oriented, and altruistic female entrepreneurial community there is - you. I’ll remain an advisor to Republic to help them continue to serve the SheWorx community, and we’ll continue our monthly events, starting with San Francisco and New York.
You can read our official statement on the acquisition here and our first coverage here.
It’s incredible how quickly the last four years has flown by. What will always stay with me are the true friendships I’ve found on this journey and the confidence I’ve gained in my own ability to lead. Many of you have inspired me, and I’m changed for it. The greatest privilege of building SheWorx has been doing it alongside all of you - and along the way, finally coming to feel whole and enough.
Founder & CEO, SheWorx