The Fund Forward Awards are our biggest annual funding program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary women entrepreneurs who have proven product-market fit, driven growth, and demonstrated a meaningful impact through their businesses.
After experiencing a cancer-scare and learning that 80% of women lack feminine care access at some point in their lives, Arion launched Femly. Femly is a hi-tech feminine care company that increases access to healthier personal care alternatives. In 2018, they launched their first line of pads and panty liners made with 100% certified organic cotton that's grown sustainably in the United States.
Kitsby is a baking kit company, with an Asian-inspired dessert bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their kits and mixes are sold on their website, with a selection of original recipes for desserts that are more adventurous than your typical brownie, with Kitsby, you can make cookies and cream puffs, matcha brownies, maple bacon pecan praline cookies, and more!
Makhers Studio is a green manufacturing and design-build firm that specializes in modular shipping container real estate, and revitalizes blighted properties into micro-manufacturing facilities. Their impact focus is solving the affordable housing crisis with sustainable construction and providing local workforce opportunities to marginalized communities.
Inclusology is the only all in one DEI, (diversity, equity, and inclusion) is platform on the market. They help companies reduce bias in the workplace and increase employee retention through eLearning, assessments, benchmarking, and strategic planning.
C Talent represents high profile Deaf and Disabled artists, athletes and influencers globally with the goal of normalizing disabled people being experts in subjects beyond disability. C Talent also provides disability and accessibility consulting for the entertainment industry and Fortune 500 companies.
LAMIK Beauty is a tech-enabled clean color cosmetics company focusing on women of all diverse backgrounds. They have created an entire makeup line made with safe ingredients that fit every different skin tone. They have developed software with partner Algoface, that allows customers to virtually try on makeup for shade matching and best recommendations.
Kristina Jones a 2x tech founder built Guardian Lane, the first on-demand content platform for children's counseling to help 14.3 Million affected by adverse childhood experiences and find fun ways to release toxic stress to avoid future mental and physical health issues. Guardian Lane sources counselors and therapists from across the country to create content children, families, schools and hospitals can use the moment they need it.