- The company is looking for startups with B2B or B2B2C models that have women with at least 20% shareholding and in leadership positions;
- WE Impact gathers investments from several corporations and does not seek a majority stake in invested startups.
WE Impact, a venture builder dedicated to women founders of startups, has just started a new entrepreneurs’ selection process to receive investment and support in the development of their businesses.
The company is looking for startups with B2B or B2B2C models that have women with at least 20% shareholding and in leadership positions. Also, startups must have embedded technology, hardware, or software. Registration takes place here until December 12th. WE Impact has already invested BRL 1.2 million in technological female entrepreneurship and worked in the development of 18 startups.
After the investment, WE Impact carries out a follow-up and development work – called Venture Management -, working together with the founders, their partners, and main executives to take startups to the next stage of development.
Through an activist management methodology and a qualified network of partners and mentors, the venture builder supports the growth of women entrepreneurs in the three main pillars for the success of startups: specific knowledge, networking, and access to capital. In other words, it helps invested startups to structure their businesses, make better decisions, and solve real large-scale corporate problems, promoting a direct connection between them.
This connection takes place through the company’s partnership with WE Ventures, the first fund dedicated to investments in women in technology in Latin America, created by Microsoft, which has Flex, Sabin Group, and Multilaser as investors, in addition to a network of advisors. WE Impact also has an operational partnership with Microsoft and Flex to improve the technologies used in invested startup solutions.
Unlike the traditional venture building model, the company gathers investments from several corporations and does not seek a majority stake in invested startups, dedicating itself to supporting the structuring of the business and helping it prepare for the next round of investment.
“It’s not just about business. It is about building an environment that is welcoming to women, putting their needs first. We need to have women interacting with women, investing in women, watching women – it’s about breaking the paradigms of venture capital, bringing a new way to build and live the startup ecosystem. Only in this way will we have real innovation ”, comments Lícia Souza, CEO, and founder of WE Impact.
The company aims to make Brazil a reference in female entrepreneurship in technology. “We are looking for entrepreneurs willing to lead innovative companies that solve real problems on a significant scale. We are betting on their startups and the impact that their solutions can generate on the market and society as a whole”, concludes Lícia.