Women are making their mark on the entrepreneurial landscape, launching successful businesses in every industry from healthcare technology to education. According to BusinessInsider, the number of startups led by female founders has doubled since 2009, but we still have a long way to go. Despite progress over the last few years, there are still more men named John running big companies than there are women.
On November 18, we celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day to commend female founders, entrepreneurs, makers, and technophiles who are hustling to disrupt industries across every sector. To help women business owners get the support they need the other 364 days of the year, we put together a list of some of our favorite resources. Here, we reviewed some of the best books, podcasts, and websites that serve the quickly-growing population of women founders.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg
In Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reveals the differences in how women and men experience the workplace and offers suggestions for how to adjust for those differences to be more successful. Sandberg’s book gives a practical framework that can help women achieve satisfaction and fulfillment in both their personal and professional lives. A mix of personal stories, research studies, and data, this book provides female entrepreneurs with advice on how to negotiate the difficulties of balancing career and private life, and how to set boundaries to find success in both
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder
by Arianna Huffington
Thrive is a New York Times Bestseller that details Arianna Huffington’s personal experiences with entrepreneurship and her abrupt realization that the way the way we define success is literally killing us. When Huffington collapsed out of exhaustion and broke her cheekbone, she started a journey to find a definition of success that goes beyond traditional metrics of money and power to include happiness and wellbeing. Her book is deeply personal and absolutely relatable for entrepreneurs who are working hard to scale their businesses.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business
by Barbara Corcoran
In Shark Tales Corcoran shares her personal experiences—both good and bad—along her path to success. She recounts her journey from a brief career in education to the rise of her company, The Corcoran group, which sold for $66 million in 2001. She discusses the recent fame she’s acquired as a judge on Shark Tank and shares the most important entrepreneurial lessons she ever learned—many of which came from her mother. Corcoran’s practical advice and honest, uplifting storytelling will inspire anyone looking for a way to blaze their own path in business.
Women Who Startup
with Lizelle Van Vuuren and Krista Morgan
Women Who Startup was launched in Denver, Colorado in 2013 by marketing guru and entrepreneur Lizelle Van Vuuren. It has since grown into a global movement with chapters all over the world and over 3,500 members. It offers a community of support to women in all fields of business and bring them together through networking events, a Slack channel, workshops, and summits. Their podcast, Women Who Startup Radio, is hosted by Van Vuuren and P2Binvestor’s own Krista Morgan. The radio show allows entrepreneurs from all over the world to join in the conversation about how to find success in diverse fields with a focus on women who code, work in tech, or are founding businesses of their own. You can listen to the podcast here.
This Girl Means Business
with Carrie Green
Carrie Green founded the Female Entrepreneur Association, a site dedicated to empowering women in business, in 2011. The group offers videos, online classes, blogs, and a free magazine, all of which contain resources and tools to help women grow their companies. Green’s short, weekly podcasts are energizing and informative, offering advice on self-development as well as success stories from other female entrepreneurs. The show is available for free on iTunes.
Lady Business Radio
with Jessica Kupferman
This twice-weekly show covers topics ranging from parenting and personal development to technology and money. Kupferman started the podcast after she recognized that while there were many podcasts focused around entrepreneurship, there were few that focused on the issues important to women entrepreneurs. Lady Business Radio features interviews with women founders and provides expert advice on a variety of topics including copywriting, marketing, finding clients, and balancing personal and professional life. Check it out on iTunes.
Chic CEO offers a wealth of resources for women navigating the ins and outs of starting a business. They provide tutorials that are easy to follow and implement, as well as more concrete resources, like downloadable contracts and business plan templates. You’ll also find information on creating partnerships, launching podcasts, building traffic to your business, and more. The site is one of the most comprehensive platforms for someone trying to launch a new business. It also provides an extensive community for women entrepreneurs to plug in and find support.
Founded by two women who have extensive knowledge in scaling a startup, Women 2.0 is another great resource for female business owners. Women 2.0 started in 2006, and was one of the first companies to address the issues that women encountered working in the tech sector. Since then, they have become one of the leading brands supporting women in technology. Women 2.0 offers conferences and events around the world and has run a startup competition and several incubator programs. Entrepreneurs can also take part in “Jumpstart Your Startup,” a 10-week educational program for new business owners.
Ladies Who Launch is a great resource for women who are just getting started on their entrepreneurial journey. It offers inspirational stories from successful female founders, as well as practical, actionable steps to help get your business off the ground. On the website you’ll find business templates, mentorship, and expert advice on starting a business. The founder, Victoria Colligan, also published a book that outlines their program and gives women a tangible approach to taking those first steps in launching a business. The company also offers workshops throughout the nation to assist with ongoing support.
The Circular Board is an accelerator for women entrepreneurs who have their sights set on launching high-revenue, high-growth businesses. The site is geared toward women starting companies that aim to do at least $50 million in revenue. Accelerators offer a variety of services to support entrepreneurs, including mentorship, office space, and access to capital and investment. In return, the program receives equity in the company. Carolyn Rodz officially launched the program early in 2016 and was recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a “Woman to Watch” shortly afterward. The online platform gives women access to courses and guidance from professional mentors and focuses on a different skill for each of the 12 weeks of its duration. Not only does the site offer valuable training, it also connects founders with potential investors through virtual networking.
Mergelane runs a 12-week accelerator program that pairs high-growth startups with top industry mentors. The organization was founded by Sue Heilbronner and Elizabeth Kraus, two active angel investors who have extensive experience in launching and growing successful businesses. Mergelane provides seed investment up to $125,000 in exchange for equity to companies who have at least one female on their leadership team. They also provide a leadership camp for women who are interested in becoming more dynamic, innovative leaders as well as a variety of content to help support women entrepreneurs throughout their startup journey.
If you’re a female founder working to launch a business, it’s important to get connected to the tools and communities that can help you be successful. We hope you check out some of these resources for women entrepreneurs and use them to navigate the growth of your company. We also hope you’ll join us and women all over the world on November 18, as we celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.