Supporting Female Entrepreneurs
Providing the right solutions to help female-led businesses to scale.
HSBC research* has shown that female entrepreneurs receive five percent less funding than male entrepreneurs, globally. The biggest barriers to female entrepreneurs accessing capital are:
- Access to networks - a lack of peers and mentors is limiting female entrepreneurs in terms of growth
- Role models - female entrepreneurs are more likely to be inspired to start their business by other women in their industry or female role models
- Overcoming bias of investment panels
- Lack of investment knowledge - female founders want more transparent investor criteria and constructive feedback
At HSBC we are committed to helping female entrepreneurs overcome these barriers. Read on for more information about how we are doing this.
Female Entrepreneur Fund
Our Female Entrepreneur Fund of $1billion is more than just a source of capital investment. We want to build a true partnership with you that could help take your business to the next level and fully realise your personal ambitions.
- HSBC's global network of experts providing you with the full support you need
- Practical guidance from established female business owners
- Open the door to a community of like-minded female entrepreneurs from around the world.
Why not register your interest today? It’s easy
To help scale your business to the next level and realise its potential, why not register your interest in the fund today by selecting your location below.
(The fund is only available in select countries and territories and is subject to criteria).
Insights and inspiration from like-minded female entrepreneurs
Raising investment can seem difficult. But, according to successful entrepreneur Crystal Pang, the key is to make the most of every opportunity.
When consultant Jasmine Crowe-Houston wanted to fight hunger in America she approached it differently.
An entrepreneur wears many different hats when launching and growing a business. But for Freddie Harrel, Founder and CEO of RadSwan, an important part of building your own company is not letting any one role define you.
Pitching your business to investors can be an incredibly nerve-wracking process. Hear from an expert on how you can create a standout pitch and improve your chance of success.
Our recent research has shown that female entrepreneurs receive 5% less funding than male entrepreneurs, globally. In a bid to try to rectify this discrepancy, we seek guidance from some standout female founders.
Today, more than 400 million women are entrepreneurs or business operators. And yet, women receive 5% less funding than male entrepreneurs. Adrianna Samaniego – an investor at Female Founders Fund – shares her tips for those looking to right this wrong.
We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Why is this notion such a popular one? Data scientist entrepreneur Edwina Dunn OBE, offers up some examples of when and why strong connections are a necessity.
HSBC’s own insight and experience tells us that getting in front of the right people is vital for the success of any entrepreneur, but we know that for women, this isn’t always as easy as it sounds. We spoke to CEO and Founder of Landit, Lisa Skeete Tatum – to gain tips on how to get the audience and attention you need to succeed.
From taking the time to know who you are, to how to effectively juggle your priorities, Rachel Lim, Founder of Love, Bonito, offers her top tips.
Shradha Sharma, Founder & CEO at YourStory Media, an influential news, events and networking site, talks to us about building a business from the ground up, the importance of purpose and her experience as a female entrepreneur in India.
Entrepreneur Paula Quazi, Co-founder of smol, offers her top tips on all things growth related.
Michelle Cordeiro Grant is the Founder and CEO of Lively, a lingerie brand so successful that she sold it for $105 million after just three years. Here, she tells us how she achieved success, and what she learnt along the way.
Scaling up: Key steps for reaching your growth goals
Connections, consistency and crunching your numbers are just some of the ways in which you can help your business achieve its growth goals.
Evolving your business: Key tips for female entrepreneurs
Re-invention, re-framing failure and re-addressing your approach to risk could help your business stand out from the crowd and blossom into an exciting phase of growth.
Trust your instincts: tips for realising your growth goals
Whatever your business growth goals, following your intuition can play a big part in making them a reality.
Leaning in: How embracing female strengths could help you secure capital
Exploring under-served markets, tapping into gender-based strengths and being bold in your goals for success are just some of the ways in which female entrepreneurs can win over investors and secure game-changing funding.
Trading up: How female entrepreneurs can tap into shifting investment strategies
Here, we explore how shifting priorities for forward-thinking investors are creating new opportunities for female entrepreneurs to source capital, and how mapping your capital requirements can help you achieve your growth goals.
Capital gains: Navigating the pitch landscape
Turning weaknesses into strengths and finding new ways to bridge the gap between your business and investors can be invaluable skills for female business leaders looking to secure new sources of capital.
Legacy: working smarter and the culture of success
Are you keeping your customers at the heart of your business strategy? Sahar Hashemi OBE tells us why it’s vital for future-proofing your business – and how to build a company culture that will help nurture success.
Legacy and leadership: Building your team for tomorrow
Business is, at the end of the day, about relationships. Here, we learn about how putting people at the heart of your strategy can pay off in the long run, and how to weigh up the risks and opportunities of going against the grain.
Profit with purpose: Uncovering the values of success
Success in business is often about finding the ability to learn from your mistakes, dust yourself off and try again. Here, serial entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow OBE explains why grit is so important in creating a thriving business – and how building a strong network can help you create a bright legacy for future.
Financial Alliance for Women
Financial Alliance for Women (FAFW) is a leading network of financial services companies dedicated to championing the female economy. HSBC has signed up to become a Group-level Sponsor further demonstrating our support to female entrepreneurs around the globe.
We were delighted to sponsor the FAFW 2021 Annual Summit which took place from 5 to7 October. The key theme for this year was “Investing in Women, Transforming our World.”
A number of our senior leaders took part discussing a wide range of topics including coaching for female entrepreneurs, women and wealth, gender intelligent fintechs and building the JEDI workforce of tomorrow.
To watch highlights from the summit and to find out more about FAFW go to https://financialallianceforwomen.org
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