Female Founder Feature – Akilah Releford, Mary Louise Cosmetics

Akilah Releford is the Founder of Mary Louise Cosmetics. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? I started my company in my dorm room at Howard University. I’ve always been obsessed with skincare and beauty products and would often create formulations in my free time and share them via social media. […] [...]

Female Founder Feature – Justine Barone, Gearo

Justine Barone is the Founder & CEO of Gearo. Tell us about your company. What inspired you to start it? Gearo is an outdoor gear marketplace that partners with retailers and connects them with adventure seekers looking for gear to rent and buy. I was inspired to start Gearo after several failed attempts to try […] [...]

Press Release: Female Founders Alliance Welcomes Third Cohort of its Accelerator Ready Set Raise

Focus on Highly Scalable Startups Founded by Women and Non-Binary Individuals. Today we are proud to announce the Ready Set Raise Class of 2020.  Eight outstanding companies were selected to participate in an eight week program that kicks off today. The teams will work one-on-one with specially selected mentors and investors to refine their pitch […] [...]

FFA Insights: The Pandemic’s Effect on New Founders

Seven months ago, our lives were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we have clear evidence that the brunt of its economic impact in the United States has been borne by women.  Last month, 865,000 women left the workforce – four times more than the equivalent number of men. Venture funding for women-founded companies has […] [...]