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IFundWomen of Color


The go-to funding resource for diverse, early-stage entrepreneurs. 

IFundWomen of Color was created with our founding partner Caress to help diverse entrepreneurs bring their dreams into reality through raising capital via crowdfunding and providing grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses. 

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What is IFWOC?

IFundWomen of Color is the platform for women of color to raise capital through crowdfunding, grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses. This is the go-to funding ecosystem designed specifically for women of color who are early-stage entrepreneurs.

What you get:

IFundWomen of Color is here to provide you access to: 

get-go-coaching membership

Get unlimited access to semi-private workshops & classes and guidance through the IFundWomen Crowdfunding eCourse & Toolkit.

Exclusive Networking Opportunities

Opportunities in key markets where our entrepreneurs are so you can learn and build your personal networks.

access to a private slack community

Accepted members will have access to a private Slack community - a safe space to discuss their challenges and obstacles and collaborate with peers and coaches for solutions.


Gain exposure and grow your audience through IFWOC as we share the story of you and your business.

How to apply

We want to learn more about you & your business and help you make your dreams into reality. Apply to IFundWomen of Color by completing this form. 


Meet your squad

Melanie Fernandez
Founder of House of Lilac

Melanie is disrupting the flower industry and raised $52K in cash through crowdfunding to fund the growth and expansion of her concept. And through IFW she scored a major global interview with Telemundo. 

Kalilah Wright
Founder of mess in a bottle

From raising $5K to reopen her shop to winning $10K at the IFundWomen Maryland Pitch Competition sponsored by the Baltimore Ravens, Kalilah has taken her t-shirt company, Mess in a Bottle, all the way to BET. 

Deepti Sharma
Founder of FOODTOEAT

Deepti is on a mission to create opportunities for women and minority-owned food companies. She applied for an IFW Visionary Women Grant and won $5k plus a 2-hour coaching session with legendary entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran. 

Laura Clise

Laura is transforming the consumer shopping experience by giving people tools to spend it like it matters. She received coaching and then crowdfunded $37K on IFundWomen, won an IFW Pay It Forward Grant, and has been featured in over 350 press articles including Geekwire and The Seattle Times. 

Naj Austin
Founder of Ethel's Club

Starting with the simple concept of creating a private social club in Brooklyn for people of color to connect, Naj Austin raised $25k through crowdfunding and an IFW Pay It Forward Grant and then a $500k VC round with investors like Roxane Gay behind her. 

Meet Olivia Owens

IFWOC Creator & General Manager

Hi, I’m Olivia and I am so excited to welcome you to iFundWomen of Color! I created this platform, with the support of my team, because I know that accessing funding is extremely difficult for women of color. At iFundWomen, we are on a mission to close the funding gap and here’s what we know works: human to human coaching, network building, and a community of like-minded women in the hustle. Through iFundWomen of Color, you will get access to all of that and more to support you on your journey to launching and growing successful businesses. Have questions? We’re here for you! Send us a note at

Free resources

New to crowdfunding? Take a few hours and watch The IFundWomen Method eCourse. It’s free and chock-full of detailed information on how to rock your raise. 

IFundWomen Crowdfunding eCourse