Female Founders: Why You Shouldn’t Worry if Your Startup Doesn’t Have Funding

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YouNoodle, a startup recruitment platform, revealed some key findings in a new study that focused on the top 1,000 entrepreneurs and ideas from female founders.

By Jordan Hunter (Editorial Intern, Women 2.0)

There once was a time -- not too long ago -- when hearing about a female-founded startup was rare. But that’s changing. Women are just as entrepreneurial as men, and female-founded startups are becoming more of a norm. They’re winning startup competitions, too.

YouNoodle, a platform for startup competitions, recently released the results of their YN1Kwomen study. These findings analyzed 1,000 female entrepreneurs who had won startup competitions powered by YouNoodle. From these, 29 percent of winners came from North America. YouNoodle also discovered that many female entrepreneurs start young, with the youngest founder being 17 and the oldest being 67.

“Increasingly, and encouragingly, women all over the world are stepping up to the plate and hitting home runs with innovative ideas that are attracting attention from the business and investment communities,” said Rebeca Hwang, co-founder of Rivet Ventures and co-founder of YouNoodle. “YN1Kwomen is shedding light on the profile of these women and has given them a more powerful voice in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Female-founders showed that higher education will get you further in the business world with 36 percent holding post-graduate degrees.

So what about funding? Not necessary. Of these 1,000, only 39 percent receive funding, showing that to curate a successful idea, money is not necessarily the main focus.

“The more we know about the profile of the female early-stage entrepreneur, the more we can work to remove barriers for ambitious women in the global startup ecosystem,” said Torsten Kolind, co-founder of YouNoodle.

Female-founded startups in the commerce, services and life science industries were found more likely to be successful in competitions, rather than in industries such as IT and software.

See more of YouNoodle’s findings about female-founded entrepreneurs in this infographic.

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About the author: Jordan Hunter (@wannabe_wintour) is an editorial intern at Women 2.0. She is in her last year at San Francisco State University where she is pursuing a B.A. in journalism and a minor in political science and was the former Print Managing Editor of the campus newspaper. She loves everything to do with grammar and blogging about beauty.