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IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards 2022

The Fund Forward Awards are our biggest annual funding program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary women entrepreneurs who have proven product-market fit, driven growth, and demonstrated a meaningful impact through their businesses. 

This application is now closed.

Calling all extraordinary women founders!

Through this one-of-a-kind funding program, qualified entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win a $100,000 equity investment, access to premium educational resources, and cash grants!

Program Criteria
  • Business must be owned & operated in the United States
  • Must have been in business on or before March 8, 2021
  • Must be solving a compelling problem in an innovative way
  • Must have a strong pitch and story of entrepreneurship
  • Must have a strong digital presence and visual media
  • Must demonstrate meaningful impact, product-market fit and business growth
  • Must be willing to pitch your business in front of an audience as part of the Fund Forward Awards program and selection process.
Prizing
  • One (1) Grand prize winner will receive a $100,000 equity investment in their company (Yes, IFundWomen will be on your cap table) plus one (1) year of educational services & resources
  • Six (6) Business Category winners will each receive a $5K cash grant plus one (1) year of educational services & resources
Business category

Women-owned small businesses in the following business categories will be eligible:

  • Beauty
  • Tech
  • Community Impact
  • Health & Wellness
  • Business Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Art, Media, & Entertainment
Timeline

Applications will be open between International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2022 through June 30, 2022. The application period will be followed by closed door deliberations and selection of Fund Forward honorees through the Fall of 2022. The grand prize winner will then be decided and announced on November 16, 2022 through a live pitch competition during the culminating celebratory event. More details to come!

 

Meet the fund forward awards grand prize winner 2021

Arion Long

FOUNDER OF FEMLY

After experiencing a cancer-scare and learning that 80% of women lack feminine care access at some point in their lives, Arion launched Femly. Femly is a hi-tech feminine care company that increases access to healthier personal care alternatives. In 2018, they launched their first line of pads and panty liners made with 100% certified organic cotton that's grown sustainably in the United States. 

 

 

Meet the honorees

Amy Hsiao

Kitsby is a baking kit company, with an Asian-inspired dessert bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their kits and mixes are sold on their website, with a selection of original recipes for desserts that are more adventurous than your typical brownie, with Kitsby, you can make cookies and cream puffs, matcha brownies, maple bacon pecan praline cookies, and more! 

Wanona Satcher

Makhers Studio is a green manufacturing and design-build firm that specializes in modular shipping container real estate, and revitalizes blighted properties into micro-manufacturing facilities. Their impact focus is solving the affordable housing crisis with sustainable construction and providing local workforce opportunities to marginalized communities. 

Cheryl Ingram

Inclusology is the only all in one DEI, (diversity, equity, and inclusion) is platform on the market. They help companies reduce bias in the workplace and increase employee retention through eLearning, assessments, benchmarking, and strategic planning.

Keely Cat-Wells

C Talent represents high profile Deaf and Disabled artists, athletes and influencers globally with the goal of normalizing disabled people being experts in subjects beyond disability. C Talent also provides disability and accessibility consulting for the entertainment industry and Fortune 500 companies. 

Kim Roxie

LAMIK Beauty is a tech-enabled clean color cosmetics company focusing on women of all diverse backgrounds. They have created an entire makeup line made with safe ingredients that fit every different skin tone. They have developed software with partner Algoface, that allows customers to virtually try on makeup for shade matching and best recommendations. 

Kristina Jones

Kristina Jones a 2x tech founder built Guardian Lane, the first on-demand content platform for children's counseling to help 14.3 Million affected by adverse childhood experiences and find fun ways to release toxic stress to avoid future mental and physical health issues. Guardian Lane sources counselors and therapists from across the country to create content children, families, schools and hospitals can use the moment they need it. 

FAQs

Have a question about the IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards that is not answered below? Send an email to help@ifundwomen.com and we’ll get it sorted out.

What are the IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards?

The Fund Forward Awards are our biggest funding program yet that rewards and celebrates extraordinary women-owned businesses who have proven product-market fit, driven growth, and demonstrated a meaningful impact through their businesses.

What if my business doesn't fit into one of the eight business categories?

Pick the one that feels most like your business. Feel free to add a note explaining in one of the essay questions that follow in the application

WHAT IS THE GRAND PRIZE FOR the IFUNDWOMEN fund forward awards?

The IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards grand prize winner will receive a $100,000 equity investment from IFundWomen–that's right, IFundWomen will be on your cap table!

What is an equity investment?

An equity investment is when an individual or a company invests money into a private or a public company to become a shareholder. In this case, IFundWomen, inc. will make a $100,000 investment into the grand prize winner’s company.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY COMPANY AND HOW MUCH ARE THE SHARES WORTH TO IFUNDWOMEN?

The value of your company can depend on a number of factors, like: 

  • If you already have equity investors in your company, IFundWomen will purchase shares at the fair market value of the company at the time of investment, using your standard term sheet and subscription agreement that your other investors used. 
  • If your company has never taken on an equity investor, IFundWomen will work with you and your lawyers to create a founder-friendly investment vehicle for your business, at this stage.
     
IF MY BUSINESS STATUS DOES NOT CURRENTLY MAKE ME ELIGIBLE TO TAKE ON EQUITY INVESTMENT, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE?

Yes! If you are an LLC or a C-Corp, you are already eligible to receive equity investment. If you are a sole proprietor, non-profit, general partnership, or an S-Corp, you can simply change how your business is registered and then collect your $100k equity investment prize if you are selected! 

WHEN WILL THE WINNER OF The IfundWomen Fund Forward Awards BE ANNOUNCED?

The winner of the IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards will be announced on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the program’s culminating celebration.

When is the application deadline?

The IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards application will be open until June 30, 2022.

 

Are you ready to raise capital for your business? 

 

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Check out the IFundWomen Fund Forward Awards 2022 Terms & Conditions for more details.