Women-led startups deliver twice as much per dollar invested vs those founded by men (78% per dollar versus 31%) but receive only about 2.8% of all venture funding despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country. To address these disparities, VentureCapital.Org launched WeROC® in 2017 to assist women gain access to capital, provides them with startup business education, networking opportunities with active investors, mentorship opportunities, and the tools to succeed in their startups. To date, the program has empowered more than 50 women-owned and operated businesses and utilized a nationwide network of approximately 500 mentors. Further details of the program are provided below. Only 2.8% of investment capital awarded in 2018 went to women-founded or women-led companies. We look to radically change that by fueling, promoting, and empowering women-led companies.
WeROC® is a one-day event held twice a year. It features several keynote speakers and panels who have recent experience overcoming access to capital and other road-blocks women-led/founded companies must overcome. The WeROC® event targets female & male startups, influencers, and investors who have an interest in investing in women-led companies and women entrepreneurs looking to overcome the hurdles of raising equity for their startups.
WeROC® also includes a two-track Deal Forum® featuring 6-8 women-led startups that will pitch to panel of active angel and venture investors. The panel will provide candid, direct feedback to help the startups refine their presentations and ultimately raise funds. Each startup will have participating in 4-8 weeks of mentoring through the VentureCapital.org mentor program. The WeROC® Conference will end with a networking reception where conference attendees will be able to make new connections and discuss conference topics.