2019 marks Golden Seeds’ 15 th year of investing in women-led companies. It has been exhilarating to see the emergence of large numbers of impressive women entrepreneurs. This issue of our newsletter includes tips for a strong board of directors and effective due diligence. Also, see below articles featuring three impressive Golden Seeds companies: Oculogica, ZineOne and Acivilate. 

At the annual Golden Seeds Summit in January, Golden Seeds reflected on 14 years of funding women-led companies. We are proud to have done so at a scale that is unmatched in our industry. And we are thrilled that the investment potential of women-led companies is now widely recognized. It is no wonder. We have entered the era of the woman entrepreneur. Today, there are record numbers of women entrepreneurs in the US. In 2017, women-owned businesses were 40% of all companies. That compares to just 29% in 2007. During this time, women-owned companies grew by 58%, compared to 12% for businesses overall.*

Since 2005, Golden Seeds has invested over $115 million in over 150 companies. These investments have been made by over 800 Golden Seeds investors, many of whom actively participate in screening companies, conducting due diligence and serving as advisors and board members. We celebrate the remarkable women entrepreneurs who have come to Golden Seeds with innovative ideas, determination and vision. 
 *American Express’ State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, 2018

What are the key traits of a strong board of directors? Golden Seeds Managing Partner Peggy Wallace offers examples to make the most of this relationship when getting your startup off the ground.

Golden Seeds Managing Director Merle Sprinzen Tessier shares the golden rule that angel investors should follow and the question that every entrepreneur should be able to answer.

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Debjani Deb, CEO & founder of ZineOne, shares what it takes to create a new realm of AI-driven personalization and a company Gartner designated a “Cool Vendor”.

After working in aerospace, Louise Wasilewski turned to more traditional technology, helping to create digital TV and securing five patents. But what she dreamed of doing was providing people released from incarceration a second chance.

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Golden Seeds pursues investment returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and those who invest in them. We offer an environment in which exciting women-led businesses receive capital and connections to grow and successfully exit.  The group is headquartered in New York City, with active chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston and Silicon Valley. One of the largest angel networks in the United States, Golden Seeds has more than 275 members nationwide and has invested over $115 million in more than 150 companies. Plus, the organization has a relationship with three funds with committed capital of $36 million. We aim to achieve market returns for our investors while at the same time creating lasting impact.

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