For the past year my not for profit, IAEOU™ has been hard at work building a training program for women in emerging countries to learn digital skills to help founders- especially women- rise and thrive. Why are we doing this? Because at a young age I found myself in a similar place many small business owners with great potential arrive at. My business was growing faster than banks were comfortable lending to and simultaneously I could not find support to grow faster to rally interest from angel investors.
I have seen firsthand how this gap continues to shortchange scalability for startups-especially women-in a male dominated investment world.
Managing a growing business without investment leaves most founders cash strapped, unable to afford additional support/resources, and short on time to address either. As I personally experienced and have witnessed countless times with others, if a business owner cannot find additional resources to fuel more sales, while building a campaign to nurture and attract investment interest, the business is far more likely to become financially strangled by its success. It’s growth can cause it to fail. And trying to grow a business while you fundraise for a year, just frankly needs to change.
And with this in mind, Project ‘Sana’s Kitchen’ was born helps founders find support to grow sales, new channels to market & investors interest to help them scale.
Today we are launching a small crowdfunding campaign, as part of the GlobalGiving Accelerator Program, to raise money and awareness for our project. We will invest the money into 5 female founders who have tremendous potential reach and impact. In conjunction with our fundraising efforts, we are seeking applications from female US founders who feel they are on the cusp of investment readiness. Upon the close of our campaign, we will select 5 to work with at no cost for 9 months. who’s businesses are on the cusp of investment but lack the resources needed to secure it.
Over the course of 9 months we will help them identify their target investment community, speak directly and repeatedly to them about their business, its growth and opportunities, while helping them find additional new sales & new channels to market to continue to capitalize on their existing growth and leverage it up. We will help them make the connections they need to fuel faster growth and investment.
Unlike men, women tend to invest 90 percent of their income back into their families and communities. This means that women are not only bringing additional income into their homes and putting food on the table, but also have the money to send their children to school, and invest in their futures too. As Christine Lagarde accurately stated at a World Economic Forum in Davos, “When women do better, economies do better.”
This is our first public ask for support. My current small business, Lisa’s Clarinet Shop, has supported the development of our training program, the free or almost free work we did with initial clients to test our girls abilities and raise the bar to the standard level we require, as well as equally, to support my co-founder Sana Tariq Khan who is 27 and supports her entire family and quit her job to work on this project.
Who is Sana Tariq Khan? Listen to an interview I did with her.
If you care about women, small business, emerging economies, leveling the playing field, investing into small business, and Project Sana’s Kitchen, show us with your support. There are 2 ways you can support our work. #1 Make a donation. #2 Share this post in a private message or email with a friend you think will equally care. Tell them why our work inspires you. Sharing this post publicly, quite honestly, won’t help us. But your private message and thoughtfulness will.
To your highest purpose and best self, friends.
To learn more about me go to SanasKitchen, iaeou.me, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, LisaCanning.com, Lisa’s Clarinet Shop, or Royal Musical Instruments. You can also find me on Linkedin.
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