We believe in co-creating local innovation ecosystems for women that reflect their needs, that fill the gap and respect the diversity and uniqueness of the founders and communities where they are located; that leverages collaboration with local start-up communities and public/private partnerships. We also believe companies with triple-bottom line values drive a sustainable, thriving, global economy.
Each year, through an open application process, we recruit a small cohort of new companies (up to 5) in each city where we operate. For a complete, current overview of our application process, please visit here.
“Women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieve 35% higher returns on investment, and when venture-backed, bring in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies.”
FourthWave evaluated female-led focused accelerators and incubators tied to conscious leadership, and we found one in particular that is enjoying both higher performance metrics and significant attraction from investors and entrepreneurs as a result of their approach. We thank MergeLane and their team for their inspiration, advice and encouragement! (You can explore their values here).
A conscious leadership model produces diversity. SHE, the new Gender Diversity Index Fund, empowers investors to encourage more gender diverse leadership and support better long-term social and economic outcomes in support of gender diversity. FourthWave’s goal is to offer investors, cities, and women-led companies opportunities to meet these requirements. Our conscious leadership programming is “how” we do that. (SHE Diversity Fund Index)