Check out all of our press coverage and some of the highlights from this year.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

City's First-of-its-kind Crowdfunding Program For Women Entrepreneurs Celebrates 100th Loan

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The City of New York is Investing $10M in VC Firms to Support Female Entrepreneurs

AlleyWatch | August 14, 2018

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Loan program to help women expand their businesses launched by city

amNewYork  |  April 19, 2018

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New York City Is Giving Zero-Interest Loans to Women Business Owners

NY Mag  |  March 13, 2018

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2018

Women’s Wear Daily  |  March 7, 2018

Theory Collaborates on Limited-Edition T-shirts Helping WE NYC

Honoring International Women’s Day, Theory has partnered with Prinkshop, the “wear what you care about” apparel and accessories brand that turns bystanders into activists. Together, they have collaborated on four limited-edition T-shirts that inspire women to use their voices. The shirts, which sell for $40 on theory.com and in Theory stores, will be available through the month. READ MORE

 

Vogue | March 7, 2018

Female Entrepreneurs Gathered at Theory’s Be Heard Panel

In honor of International Women’s Day, yesterday Theory celebrated the power of female leadership with a panel discussion, as part of the brand’s women’s leadership initiative, Be Heard. It was held at Theory’s headquarters in New York City’s Meatpacking District, and there was no shortage of inspiring women in the room. Guests included La Ligne’s Meredith Melling, Valerie Boster, and Molly Howard; the New Potato’s Danielle Kosann and Laura Kosann; and this year’s featured founders: Susan Lyne of BBG, Amanda Hesser of Food52, and Shan-Lyn Ma of Zola. The conversation that ensued centered on how women are driving gender equality by building their own businesses and playing by their own rules. But before attendees headed downtown for dinner at the West Village’s Beatrice Inn, many took a beat to preview Theory’s new capsule collection—a line of four limited-edition tees made in collaboration with Prinkshop, the proceeds of which will go toward a donation to WE NYC, a New York City–based initiative dedicated to helping women launch and grow their own businesses. The overarching message was do good, look good. It was the ultimate way to close out a stylish evening in support of female trailblazers.

 

China Press  |  March 20, 2018

Small Business Bureau pushes two projects to help small businesses (Figure)

*This article has been translated using Google translate. Please excuse any errors or inconsistencies.

Representatives from the Municipal Small Business Bureau recently introduced two projects that can help small businesses in the Queen’s Quarters Office. One is “WE NYC” to help women start businesses, and the other is a free legal advice project for renting leases for small businesses. “Commercial Lease Assistance ".

According to Alexandra Ruiz, director of business development and strategy at the Small Business Administration in New York City, about 200,000 women entrepreneurs in New York City contribute about $5 billion a year to New York City, but men have 1.5 times as many business sites as women. , and has 3.5 times the number of employees, but also generate 4.5 times the income. In May 2015, New York City launched a project called “WE NYC” that includes raising credit, securing funding, strengthening leadership, attending events, and finding their own mentor.

 

Hamptons Magazine  |  March 6, 2018

THEORY CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH WITH PRINKSHOP PARTNERSHIP

To celebrate Women's History Month, fashion brand Theory has teamed up with prinkshop to release a limited edition four-shirt set of graphic tees that empower women to "wear what you care about." The shirts, now available on theory.com and in stores nationwide, are available for $40. A portion of the proceeds from the shirts will fund a donation to WE NYC, an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses.

 

Gotham  |  March 6, 2018

THEORY CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH WITH PRINKSHOP PARTNERSHIP

To celebrate Women's History Month, fashion brand Theory has teamed up with prinkshop to release a limited edition four-shirt set of graphic tees that empower women to "wear what you care about." The shirts, now available on theory.com and in stores nationwide, are available for $40. A portion of the proceeds from the shirts will fund a donation to WE NYC, an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses.

 

Coveteur  |  March 8, 2018

19 THINGS TO BUY RIGHT NOW TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S CAUSES

In my opinion (and hopefully everyone’s) there needs to be more women-run businesses. Theory is working to help make this happen, with proceeds from the sale of this In My Opinion tee going towards WE NYC, an initiative that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses.

 

Harlem World Magazine  |  March 2, 2018

WE Connect Event: Goals To Growth From Harlem To Hollis

Celebrate National Women’s History Month with Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC)! Join us for a half day event to learn how to achieve your goals and take your business to the next level. Setting the right goals can be hard and achieving them even harder, but WE NYC is here to help.

 

Fundera  |  March 8, 2018

15 Small Business Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

WE NYC is a networking group for women entrepreneurs specifically in the New York City area, but has resources useful for women business owners anywhere. With a number of programs, mentors, and events, WE NYC seeks to lend a supportive hand to all women looking to start their own business. In their effort to support women entrepreneurs, WE NYC recently opened their own crowdfunding initiative called WE Fund Crowd. We Fund Crowd, similar to GoFundMe or Kickstarter, is designed specifically for women entrepreneurs to source the funding they need. As a bonus, the New York City government promises to pledge 10% (or up to $1,000) to every We Fund Crowd user’s first campaign to get you started on the right foot.

 

Lendio  |  March 21, 2018

WE NYC Gives Female Entrepreneurs a Boost

Last summer, New York City was named the “Best City in the World for Women Entrepreneurs.” Now, the city’s initiative, WE NYC, is further validating the title with WE Fund: Crowd, a crowdfunding program designed to champion women business owners. Through Kiva, a not-for-profit crowdfunding platform, any female can apply for a zero-interest loan of up to $10,000, and the city will contribute the first 10% towards their goal. The $3 million program plans to help 500 women launch their businesses over the next three years. “70% of women entrepreneurs in New York City cite access to capital as a major challenge as they launch and grow companies,” said the mayor’s office. About half of female entrepreneurs in New York City need less than $10,000 to launch their business, but poor traditional loan options and steep interest rates make this money hard to come by.

 

Women’s Wear Daily  |  March 8, 2017

New York City Aiming to Make 500 Small Business Loans to Women: A city commissioner said it “doesn't take much capital” to get small businesses up and running.

New York City is trying to get more small loans in the hands of women looking to expand their own businesses. Through its WE Fund: Crowd partnership with Kiva, a crowdfunding web site focused on women entrepreneurs worldwide, the city said it’s helped funnel more than $280,000 in zero-interest loans to 40 women in New York since it launched in November, with the loans being a combination of city funds and thousands of outside contributors. “ It doesn’t take much capital for women entrepreneurs to build thriving businesses that support our city’s local economy, communities, and families,” Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services, said: “And it hasn’t taken much time for the city to change the lives of 40 entrepreneurs through WE Fund: Crowd. At this rate, we are well on our way to achieve our goal of reaching 500 businesses over three years and building a more inclusive city.”

 

NY Mag  |  March 13, 2018

New York City Is Giving Zero-Interest Loans to Women Business Owners

Alexis Krase is one of 40 New York–based entrepreneurs who have raised some $280,000 in capital using “WE Fund: Crowd,” a city initiative designed to champion women business owners. Any woman in New York can apply for a zero-interest loan of up to $10,000 on this Kiva crowdfunding page, and the city will fund the first 10 percent of the money she needs — lending with no fees, no interest, and no minimum credit score. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the $3 million program aims to reach 500 women over the next three years.

 

Harlem World Magazine  |  March 8, 2018

Mayor de Blasio On First-Of-Its Kind Crowdfunding Program For NYC Women Start Ups

On International Women’s Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, New York City

WE Fund: Crowd is an innovative partnership between the City and the not-for-profit crowdfunding platform Kiva.org, which helps women entrepreneurs raise crowdfunded loans of up to $10,000. Through WE Fund, the City contributes up to $1,000, or the first 10% of a fundraising goal, per campaign with no-interest repayment terms for up to 42 months. The City has pledged to facilitate more than $3 million in loans – and reach at least 500 businesses by fall 2020. “It doesn’t take much capital for women entrepreneurs to build thriving businesses that support our city’s local economy, communities, and families,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the City’s Department of Small Business Services. “And it hasn’t taken much time for the City to change the lives of 40 entrepreneurs through WE Fund: Crowd.At this rate, we are well on our way to achieve our goal of reaching 500 businesses over three years and building a more inclusive city.”

 

Univision  |  April 22, 2018

Contigo en la Comunidad

 

amNewYork  |  April 5, 2018

Crowdfunding initiative helps NYC’s female entrepreneurs reach their goals

Allen, 35, is one of several entrepreneurs in the city that have found success with WE Fund: Crowd, a city Department of Small Business Services’ program that partners with the crowdfunding platform Kiva to finance interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for female entrepreneurs. Under the arrangement, the city funds the first 10 percent of an anticipated loan, and the remainder comes from the generosity of others. The city has funded 40 entrepreneurs so far, and aims to facilitate more than $3 million in loans for the benefit of at least 500 businesses by fall of 2020.

 

amNewYork  |  April 19, 2018

Loan program to help women expand their businesses launched by city

The initiative, called WE Fund: Growth, will dole out a total of $5 million in low-interest loans, in amounts ranging from $25,000 to $125,000. The city is investing $2.5 million in the initiative and relying on various small business lenders to finance the roughly 60 to 80 loans in question. Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic growth, said the new program builds on the city’s efforts to help women overcome bias in securing capital for their businesses. The city recently started a crowdfunding campaign to help women business executives get microloans. And the city Department of Small Business Services plans to launch an initiative to extend more working capital to women, to help entrepreneurs fund day-to-day expenses without racking up credit card debt.

 

Fox 5

March 31, 2018

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“we are constantly talking to the city, department of small business services, and to the state on how do we create initiatives that are really going to change that, that model that we have right now of our women entrepreneurs”

 

NY1  |  April 24, 2018

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“of programs what we can do for women particularly. just recently we launched two programs and actually put money in people's pockets. crowd funding program where young women entrepreneurs can make the pitch online and raise up to $10,000 to get the 1st business started. this week launched loan fund to borrow $100,000 so they can grow the Business. there's so much data and also when you anecd totaallkly to women they have so much more trouble asking for money, gettinga i loan, raising equity and we want to intervene and do something about that. >> list of so many programs that the city has that help in this. one when we heard a lot about recently with salary history. that can perpetuate one job to another to another and paid parental sick leave you think in particular benefits female entrepreneurs, female employees, universal pre-k on the list as well, something that takes away for obstacles to wom senuc.cess >> attack it from every angle. people on the actual spending $10,000 a year to put kid in preschool and that's $10,000 they could be putting into the own Business and whole way to operate together”

 

Harlem World Magazine  |  April 24, 2018

Sign Up Today For The WE NYC Small Business Funding Expo 2018

We are excited to announce an upcoming collaboration between Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) and New York Women in Business (NYWIB), a SCORE organization. You are invited to attend the 2018 Small Business Funding Expo on April 30, 2018, at the Microsoft Technology Center.

 

2017

WE NYC New Mentors Announcement

WE NYC

WE NYC Op-Ed

DM Glen WE Fund: Crowd Announcement