She's the Boss

Getting Your Ideas Funded

Katherine Hague, founder of  Female Funders.  Photo by Pam Lau.

Katherine Hague, founder of Female Funders. Photo by Pam Lau.

According to recent research, millennial women entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges due to being both young and women. These challenges include difficulty with business planning, lack of confidence, and lack of financial literacy, but the greatest among these challenges is limited access to venture capital. When I read these facts, it was almost like reading a checklist of my past experience with entrepreneurship. This is why I started the empowerment project a few months ago. Through this project, my hope is to connect Canadian millennial women to resources that will help women start and grow prosperous businesses.

As mentioned earlier, securing enough funding for a business idea is often a challenge. While looking into ways to fund my project, I came across the inspirational story of Katherine Hague. Katherine is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and the founder of Female Funders, an online destination dedicated to inspiring and educating the next generation of female angel investors. She is also the author of O’Reilly’s upcoming book, Funded: The  Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Your First Round. (I am looking forward to announcing a special project that involves Katherine’s book in a few weeks, stay tuned!)

As Canadian business prodigy, Katherine is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University, and was recently listed among the “7 Canadian tech stars to watch” by the Financial Post. Only 23 years old, Katherine is the co-founder of ShopLocket, an eCommerce platform, which successfully raised a $1 million seed round to expand its business. Next week, Katherine will be sharing her expertise on venture funding through an online course that helps explain the process and shows what you should do to get your business successfully funded. Katherine’s online course will be live and hands-on. By the end of the course you will have a clear understanding of core venture capital concepts and an effective fundraising plan for your company. You will also develop an expertly-honed investor pitch and the confidence to negotiate the key terms of a funding deal. Katherine’s course will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016. Individual tickets are $299. If you are interested in the course you can register here:

To help prepare for the course, you can also listen to a sneak peek on Sound Cloud and check out these “6 Question Every Founder Should Ask Before They Raise Capital.”