In 2015, after exiting her business, Katherine Hague - a Highline-backed entrepreneur, founded Female Funders with the goal of encouraging 1,000 women to make their first angel investment. What began as a mission to increase diversity in the industry and make an impact quickly evolved into a community for aspiring angel investors to learn, connect, and invest. The first Angel Academy class graduated in December of that year.
In 2017, Female Funders was acquired by Highline BETA, a startup co-creation, and new venture development company to evolve both the curriculum and expand membership to help even more women gain access, make better investments, and generate solid returns.
We are thrilled to be working with the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) and many of the top VC Firms across North America to support education and access for women investors.
We know that diversity of thought in early-stage venture funding leads to better outcomes– and yet only 14-20% of investors are women.
Women have the experience, network, and capital to make a real impact on early stage companies and to generate a return. That’s why we’re on a mission to empower thousands of women to become the angel investors of tomorrow.
Through education, access to investment opportunities, and a global community, we’re working to increase diversity in the investment sector.