Weekly Female Founder Funding Update

Welcome to Underwire’s weekly female founder funding update. We track this information to combat the negativity around women-led venture funding (yes, it still hovers around 3%). We know that it can feel self-defeating to read about the companies that are getting funded when you’re not. Still, this is important to track. This page is proof that women are building and scaling incredible companies. Dream big, dammit!

We cover mostly venture capital updates and exits. We source our updates from Fortune’s Term Sheet newsletter (edited by Polina Marinova), Crunchbase and GeekWire.

Here is the Underwire Funding Update spreadsheet with a year to date (to the best of our knowledge) summary of fundings, including founder names and titles, industry, investors and diversity info. This is a labor of love from a person that dislikes spreadsheets, so be nice. Better yet, contact us if you have info to share or want to make improvements.

Athena Security, $5.5 million, Seed, Lisa Falzone, CEO & Co-Founder
Austin-based AI security camera startup. Pathfinder led the round. (Website, Crunchbase)

Kango, $3.6 million, Series A, Sara Schaer, Co-Founder & CEO
San Francisco-based ridesharing for kids. National Express led the round. (Website, Crunchbase)

Mixlab, $8.5 million, Seed, Stella Kim, Founder and CXO
New York-based pet pharmacy. Global Founders Capital led the round, joined by Monogram Capital, Brand Foundry, Lakehouse Ventures, Mars Petcare, Joyance Partners, and TQ Ventures. (Website, Crunchbase)

Needslist, $1 million, Venture, Natasha Freidus, Founder
Philadelphia-based online platform that matches products and services to communities in need. Investors include Amplio Ventures, Marigold Capital, Omidyar Network, Next Wave Impact, Silicon Valley Social Ventures and the Kuo Sharper Fund. (Website, Crunchbase)

Novi, $3 million, Seed, Shannon Mosier, Co-Founder and COO
San Francisco-based company focused on improving financial literacy. Investors include Runa Capital, Lightspeed, Doberman Forward, Freedom Financial Network, M ventures, SGH Capital, Republic.co and Vectr. (Website, Crunchbase)

Part & Parcel, $4 million, Seed, Lauren Haber Jones, CEO and Founder
San Francisco-based community commerce platform for plus-size women, selling apparel and footwear. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round, joined by Village Global and Peterson Ventures. (Website, Crunchbase)


TheRealReal, IPO, Julie Wainwright, Founder and CEO
San Francisco-based luxury reseller, plans to raise $270 million in an IPO of 15 million shares priced between $17 to $19. The firm posted revenue of $207.4 million and loss of $75.8 million. The firm is is backed by Perella Weinberg Partners (11% pre-offering), Canaan Partners (13%) and Great Hill Partners (14.7%). It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “REAL.” (Website, Crunchbase)