Women founders receive 2% of investments and start their business with half the capital of their male counterparts.
Founders of color receive less than 1% of venture funding and face systemic barriers to securing alternative forms of capital.
Studies have shown that founding teams with gender and ethnic diversity perform significantly better than the national median industry average.
Lunar Startups supports growth, connection, and innovation for women, people of color, and other high potential entrepreneurs.
We provide several benefits to startups and entrepreneurs including:
Dedicated office space for you and your team
Access to investors locally and nationally
$5,000 travel, technology, and marketing reimbursement fund per startup
Access to as expert network of professionals providing pro-bono support (legal services, financial consulting, pitch deck review, and more)
Access to state-of-the-art equipment for video conferencing, podcast development, etc.
Weekly startup-specific programming based on the needs of the cohort
Stewardship and peer mentorship
Regular media and promotional visibility
Mail room and printing services
Coffee, tea, and full kitchen
An inclusive community dedicated to seeing you succeed
MEET THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES
Lunar Startups knows that social capital is a key ingredient to the success of any startup. We’re dedicated to building the peer and professional networks of the founders and startups that participate in Lunar to help engineer their success during and after the program.
Recently, we launched the Lunar Expert Network, a dedicated community of professionals, entrepreneurs, experts, and advisors who are contributing to the success of our participants.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY
Supporting entrepreneurs that reflect the rich diversity of our community starts with our Cohort participants and continues with our vendors.
Lunar Startups is dedicated to hiring contractors, vendors, and service providers who are womxn, people of color and indigenous peoples (POCI), LGBTQIA+, and veteran owned businesses.
Here are our targets for vendors that choose to disclose their identities:
50% of vendors identify as womxn owned
32% of vendors identify as womxn and POCI owned
50% of vendors identify as POCI owned
30% of vendors identify as LGBTQIA+ owned
Want to expand your own list of vendors? We’re happy to share our networks and make new connections. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more info.