- XXcelerate Fund Launch during PDX Startup Week. Watch the livestream.
- "XXcelerate Fund: Women funding women," Business Tribune, 2/2/17
- "Female entrepreneurs launch XXcelerate Fund to help women-led startups access capital," GeekWire, 1/30/17
- "Accelerating and funding incredible women entrepreneurs in Oregon: XXcelerate Fund," Silicon Florist, 1/24/17
- "New loan fund to invest in women-led companies," Portland Business Journal, 1/24/17
- "Nonprofit XXcelerate Fund will support women entrepreneurs in Oregon," 1/24/17
- Oregon-Wide Women Entrepreneurs Create XXcelerate Fund, Press Release (PDF), 1/24/17
- "Wyden asks Oregon banks for information about loans to women business owners," Portland Business Journal, 12/1/16
- "Female CEOs talk challenges of finding capital," Portland Business Journal, 10/16/16
- "Sex & Startups" and "Gendered Ventures," Oregon Business, 11/4/16
- A 2016 study by Oppenheimer Funds found that women start new businesses at twice the rate of men.
- The Illuminate Ventures study of US businesses found that women-led, venture-backed companies were less likely to fail, used less capital, and had 12 percent higher annual revenues than those led by men.
- The Dow Jones study of 15 years of venture-backed companies showed that a company’s chances of success increase as the percentage of females holding executive positions increases.
- First Round Capital analyzed a decade's worth of data from 300 of their portfolio companies and learned that startup teams with at least one female founder performed 63 percent better than all-male teams.
- The Albina Opportunity Corporation, which extends loans specifically to disadvantaged businesses and local small businesses owned by women, has experienced three women-involved defaults of 75 loans.
According to “Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital,” a 2014 review of venture financing published by Babson College, 2.7 percent of venture-backed companies were led by women (conversely, over 97 percent of financed companies were led by men).
According to a Senate report, “21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship,” businesses owned by women receive only five percent of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans.
According to Project Diane's report, “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Women Founders,” when you add race to gender, the statistics grow more dismal. Only 11 African-American women in the US have received venture capital exceeding $1 million.