For years, I saw great business ideas being funded but most of them didn’t include women

Nicole Denholder

So, why aren’t women being funded like men?

There are a whole lot of reasons including the obvious institutional bias and discrimination but a lot of the time women aren’t aware of all their funding options.

As a consultant at PWC for more than 10 years, I saw plenty of successful business ideas, including ones that reached IPO, the problem was, so few of them were being led by women. So, it got me thinking, how I can I help female founders get the funding they need to realize their business goals? That’s when I started Next Chapter Crowdfunding, the first platform of its type in Hong Kong and the first chapter in our story. Two years in, we’ve seen plenty of success stories but these women still have more funding questions; What happens when I bring on an investor? How do I value my business? How do I know which funding option is right for me?

So, pun intended, we knew that our next chapter was to build Asia’s first dedicated community bringing together female founders with savvy investors and advisors. The end result? Creating a pathway to capital for these women need to launch and grow successful businesses.

There are many funding sources available but when it comes to venture capital, the numbers have always been challenging. These figures haven’t moved substantially over the past decade. Next Chapter Raise is here to change all that and help women get funded faster. We are here to help you plan and execute your funding journey.


Of VC capital went to all female founding teams


Of VC partners are women


Women start with 50% less capital than men

Raise /reɪz/ verb

“To cause something to increase or become bigger, better, etc.”


A world where women entrepreneurs can achieve funding parity


To help female entrepreneurs achieve their funding goals while redefining what it means to invest in women


To raise awareness, ambition and access around female funding

“Raising investment is like another world and the terminology is like another language
– you need to learn it.”


“Our studies show that emerging companies that start with a strong foundation of capital are far more likely to be successful than those who are poorly capitalized.”