The ConSTELLAtion

MISSION: 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.
VISION: Equal representation of female founders & funders across the venture table.

Women, especially women of color, have extremely limited access to capital to launch and scale their businesses. According to Pitchbook,

  • Venture capital investment in all-female founding teams hit $3.3 billion in 2019, representing 2.8% of capital invested across the entire U.S. startup ecosystem.

  • During that same time period, only “0.27% went to Black women and 0.37% went to Latinas.
  • In 2020, total venture capital dollars to women-led startups dropped to 2.3%.
  • In 2021, total VC dollars to women dropped to 2%.

When 50% of the population has access to 2% of the resources, it not only hurts women; it hurts all of us who suffer from the lost innovation that could have been brought to market. When diverse women design and lead companies, they bring a product-market fit that uniquely positions them to speak to female customers.

Stella supports the female entrepreneurial journey at every stage by providing rigorous action-based business training programs, high-touch mentorship, curated consulting services, and access to capital.

Our competitive advantage is our network. Stella is a powerful conSTELLAtion — a diverse network of professionals, serial entrepreneurs, and investors with deep functional expertise across industries. From services to capital, the Stella Community connects female-identified founders and investors to the right resource at the right time. From ideation to exit, female founders — and the funders who champion them — look to Stella for its inclusive community, accessible curriculum, intentional coaching, annual Venture Summit, fundraising opportunities, and investment services.

Our intellectual capital includes a curated curriculum refined over 10 years from all of the experts within our network and a library of recorded sessions from our plethora of events and conferences.

Stella Program Leadership

Stella was founded by Board Chairwoman Dr. Silvia Mah, PhD, MBA. Dr. Mah is entrenched in the startup scene as Partner at Ad Astra Ventures, aiming to “get to even” for high achieving women; founding fund manager for the San Diego Angel Conference Fund I; Investment Committee partner in the global social impact fund, Next Wave Impact; and Founder & CEO of She Invests!, a platform for female founders to learn about investing.

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