AWE Ventures Founders Support Valuable Women-Led Enterprises in Philadelphia

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The Celebration of Founders, held at Philadelphia's own Benjamin's Desk, was an exciting evening for women-led companies and investors in the Philadelphia region. AWE Ventures Powered by Ben Franklin is pleased to have its Founders list include Penn Mutual, PACT, Benjamin's Desk, Safeguard Scientifics, and Charisse Lillie. In just four months, AWE Ventures has engaged the community and raised over $100,000 to be matched dollar for dollar by Ben Franklin.  More

About AWE Ventures

By using an innovative model that draws on crowdfunding and donations, everyone can be involved in supporting women-led ventures.  AWE Ventures — Powered by Ben Franklin is built from three major components:

  1. A crowd-funded, donation-driven capital pool exclusively in support of women-led startups and emerging enterprises. AWE and Ben Franklin will work together to engage donors in the world of investments in early-stage women-led enterprises. *Ben Franklin will match* contributions up to $250,000 to form a total contribution pool of $500,000, and will manage the process of investment in these companies.

  2. Mentorship programs that combine Ben Franklin’s world-class model for due diligence with the experience of the AWE community, to provide hands-on support for entrepreneurs from both organizations’ shared networks of capital, counsel and connections.

  3. Events​, workshops and published content to empower potential entrepreneurs and investors with stories of success from each organizations’ network of leaders, celebrating the progress of women in entrepreneurship and investing.

AWE and Ben Franklin have joined forces to shape the culture of  investing and entrepreneurship for women-led high growth technology enterprises in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Donate Today!

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Meet the 2015 Companies

MilkCrate - CEO Morgan Berman
MilkCrate is a pre-revenue company that has created a mobile app that provides a central digital hub for municipalities, businesses and organizations to reach conscientious consumers who want to live more sustainably.  The company is currently in the sixth class of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator program managed by Ben Franklin and housed within the offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

LIA Diagnostics Inc. - CEO Bethany Edwards
LIA Diagnostics is a seed-stage diagnostics company currently focused on developing a flushable, biodegradable, urine-based diagnostic pregnancy test.

ROAR for Good, LLC - CEO Yasmine Mustafa
ROAR is a pre-revenue company that is currently finalizing its suite of products. ROAR is a graduate of DreamIT Ventures Philadelphia and the Project Liberty Digital Incubation program run by the Knight Foundation and Ben Franklin. The product helps reduce the incidence of attacks against women while addressing the underlying causes of violence. The company has built working prototypes of fashionable self-defense wearable jewelry with embedded logic that when activated (by pressing a button on the jewelry) sound an alarm.