We Are Stella

Founded in 2012, Stella connects women founders and investors to the right resource–at the right time–in their journeys. From ideation to funding to exit, women founders and investors look to Stella for its powerful constellation of support made up of an inclusive community, courses, access to capital events, advisory services and funding opportunities.

The stars have aligned at Stella.

Help Us Celebrate 10 Years Of Empowering Female Founders

The conSTELLAtion

Stella’s Mission is to inspire, equip, and propel diverse female founders to successfully launch, grow, and sustain their businesses while cultivating a thriving network of investors to increase equality for women-led startups.
Stella Community ladies


Stella’s community is made up of over 5,000 people who believe in equality for female founders. The digital community is free of charge and provides access to pre-recorded video courses, master classes, one-on-one advisory sessions, group sessions, mentorship matching, and features on Stella’s media.

lab intensive group


Over the course of a year, Stella produces three live, cohort-based courses including intensive (16-week, 14 modules), pitch (8 modules), Access to 1:1’s with 50+ mentors per cohort, and access to funding through Women’s Fast Pitch, Women’s Venture Summit, Stella Angels, and syndication with partnering venture capital firms.

Ladies talking


Stella Angels is an exclusive network of accredited investors who review deals together, conduct due diligence, and invest in female founders sourced through our network. In 2021, Stella Angels invested in 14 female-led startups, syndicating over $1.3M via direct investments and indirectly via syndications and crowdfunding.

womens venture summit speaker panel


Stella produces key events where founders and investors gather, meaningfully connect, and collaborate working towards the goal of equal representation across the venture table. Join us for the Oxytocin Tour, Women’s Fast Pitch and Women’s Venture Summit.

Upcoming Events

Join us for an exciting new series of events taking place in the Stella Community. FREE to all Stella Community Members.

2023 Stella Impact Report

2023 Women’s Venture Summit Impact Report

PROGRAM IMPACT  |  2012-2020


Raised by connecting female founders to angel investors and VCs

WFP & WVS Attendees
Female Founders Served
New Jobs Created
Female Angel Investors
Underserved Founders (BIPOC, LGBTQ, Veteran)
New Female Investors Trained/Activated
Industry Experts
Media Highlights For Alumnae

Help Us Celebrate 10 Years Of Empowering Female Founders

Praise From Stella’s Stars



Jo Forster
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“Stella was just what WISHLY needed at the right time! Building a network of other female founders ands gaining access to all kinds of mentors (especially VC’s) has been incredibly valuable. The team at Stella has given us the tools we need to fundraise and build the next unicorn — knowledge, confidence,
and a community of support!”



Karen Hetz
Kids Cake Boxes

“Stella has opened so many doors for me. The network connections alone have moved mountains for my business; from mentors to meetings with those in the same industry, Stella has provided me a means to learn from others’ experiences and expertise. This network has helped me gain understanding and direction as I scale my business.”



Helen Choi Padilla
Watering Can

“Attending Stella Labs has been nothing short of amazing. Coming from a couple other Cohorts I can say Stella is the best. The amount of connections I was provided with, the challenge, the work, and the community I was supported with was overwhelming. Thank you so much for my acceptance and I am forever grateful to everyone at Stella.”



Lindsay Helm
Empower Employ

“Being a part of Stella has helped me refine my storytelling and public speaking skills, which I am utilizing during pitch competitions to earn funding. Stella has also connected me with a variety of industry professionals who have become amazing mentors and have helped me make critical business decisions for continued growth.”

Join the conSTELLAtion.

We rise by lifting others. Join our email list to gain tools & connect with people who are fortifying women’s businesses. Let’s connect the stars, TOGETHER.