The JumpFund: Establishing the Southeast as the best place for a woman to invest in or grow a business.
WHERE IS TENNESSEE'S FEMALE FOUNDER ECOSYSTEM?
The three of us have many things in common, one being our shared commitment to building and supporting the entrepreneurial community. We are also newcomers to Nashville, Tennessee, having moved here in 2017 without knowing one another previously. It is in Nashville where we first connected and discovered our common vision for community building and supporting the next generation of women pursuing entrepreneurship and/or venture capital as careers. However, we came to find in our interactions with entrepreneurs and investors another common thread -- we are often the only women present in meetings...more.
IN THE SOUTHEAST, FEMALE-LED INVESTOR GROUPS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE REPRESENTATION
January 17, 2019
A number of reports have highlighted the Southeast as a good place for high-potential female entrepreneurs, thanks to its proximity to high-quality tech education, talent, support organizations, and mentorship. What’s less discussed is the other side of the equation: the state of the region’s female investor population...more.
JUMPFUND DOUBLES CAPITAL WITH SECOND ROUND OF INVESTMENTS
July 27, 2018
One of the first all-female venture capital funds in the South has raised another $5.2 million for investments in women-headed companies...more.
SOUTHEASTERN FEMALE-FOCUSED VC FIRM THE JUMPFUND RAISES FUND II, BACKED BY CITY OF ATLANTA
July 12, 2018
Female and southeastern-focused venture capital firm the JumpFund has raised its second fund of $5.2 million, more than double their first fund. JumpFund I invested in 18 early-stage companies with female founders or leadership...more.
YEAR STARTS ON EXCITING NOTE FOR THE JUMPFUND
February 4, 2018
It’s been a good start to 2018 for the women behind The JumpFund. While some of the good news was contained in our just-completed outlook series on angel and venture capital, we wanted to separately highlight a couple of the items. As many of our readers know, the women-led angel investment group was established in Chattanooga four years ago with a focus of investing in early stage, female-led, high-growth ventures. It was a bold move for the region and a fairly early trendsetter for the nation...more.
GENDER LENS INVESTING
The JumpFund was included among 58 private equity, venture and debt funds investing through a "gender lens" in the first global scan conducted by the Wharton School's Social Impact Initiative. Project Sage highlights investors and fund managers who identify as gender lens investors with a focus on increasing women’s access to capital, developing products or services for and by women, or increasing women’s presence and value whether as entrepreneurs, co-founders, leaders, employees, or customers in the value chain.
THE JUMPFUND TO BRING "SHE STARTED IT" TO CHATTANOOGA
October 7, 2016
The JumpFund will be hosting a one-time screening of “She Started It” at the Chattanooga Public Library 4th floor on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 PM. SHE STARTED IT follows five young women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again. SHE STARTED IT takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook. Help us inspire the next generation to dream bigger, and urge today’s generation to support women entrepreneurs...more.
WHAT'S GENDER BIAS GOT TO DO WITH IT? ALMOST EVERYTHING FOR WOMEN SEEKING VENTURE FUNDING.
October 2, 2015
On the heels of the recent announcement that a new Atlanta venture fund has been created specifically to fund women-owned startup businesses, it made me think, “Why haven’t we moved the needle more in funding women-owned early-stage companies? And, do we still need venture funds whose specific mission is to provide capital to women only?”...more.
TIFFANIE ROBINSON WANTS TO TURN CHATTANOOGA INTO THE NEXT SILICON VALLEY
July 2, 2015
Silicon Valley in California is the center of the tech startup world in the United States, and it appears to have the monopoly on cutting edge innovation. Home to revolutionary companies like Google and Facebook, entrepreneurs flock to the region in hopes of creating their own tech giant to add to the history books. But if Tiffanie Robinson has her way, Silicon Valley will soon be competing with Chattanooga, Tennessee, for top tech talent...more.