Governor Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development award $491,930 grant to DreamIt Ventures to start the program in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA – November 5, 2014 – DreamIt Ventures today announces the launch of DreamIt Athena, its accelerator track focused on providing female startup founders hands-on support to hone their ideas, develop strategies, and turn their ideas into scalable, fundable companies. This is the first program run by a top-tier startup accelerator that focuses specifically upon providing women the resources needed to build their companies.
“All the dialogue in the press has been about the problems female entrepreneurs face. We’re not just talking about it – we’re actually implementing a solution. In many cases, access to a valuable network, mentors and early-stage capital are the critical resources that are largely unavailable to aspiring female founders,” says Karen Griffith Gryga, DreamIt managing partner. “We see a huge opportunity for women-founded startups, and we want to change the conversation.”
Gov. Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Discovered in PA — Developed in PA (D2PA) program have awarded DreamIt a $491,930 grant to fund the program. The DreamIt Athena track will begin running during DreamIt Philadelphia 2015.