SheEO’s ecosystem-based model aims to dramatically improve outcomes for women entrepreneurs.
- SheEO is a crowd-funded, crowd-supported ecosystem that provides interest-free loans to women-identifying and gender non-conforming entrepreneurs working towards sustainability goals. As the loans are paid back, the funds are re-invested in new ventures, creating a perpetual fund in each country.
- This is important because women-led ventures still only receive a tiny fraction of investment capital – just 2.2% of U.S. venture capital in 20181,2.
- SheEO entrepreneurs are backed by 'activators' – women who support as customers, advisors, network connections and funders. The model is designed to be rooted in each country and leverage the activators' global network to help ventures scale their impact.
- So far, more than 5,000 activators from five countries have invested over USD5mn into 68 ventures, with interest from more than 70 other countries. SheEO say that to date, ventures average triple digit revenue growth, while their portfolio has a 95% payback rate.
- Vicki's accolades include being selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum3, named a Business Leader of the Year4 and winning a Startup Canada award5.
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