Microsoft for Startups Joins with The Riveter to Support Female-Led Startups

Startups and entrepreneurs face numerous challenges as they work to get their businesses off the ground. On top of these challenges, are additional obstacles preventing underrepresented groups from full participation in the startup ecosystem. The challenges facing female founders in particular have been well documented, as we see reflected in data pertaining to low funding for female-led startups and in the low percentage of billion dollar “unicorn” startups with female founders.

In our outreach and work with startups, Microsoft for Startups is committed to supporting a range of entrepreneurs and promoting an equitable ecosystem where any entrepreneur can find success. Through Microsoft for Startups we help startups access the resources they need to grow and scale their businesses, an area of support that is particularly critical for female founders today.

As part of these efforts, Microsoft for Startups and The Riveter, a U.S.-based female forward co-working space and professional community, are unveiling a new collaboration to support female led startups and entrepreneurs.


The new relationship is composed of several key elements, including a speaker series in which Microsoft experts will address the ways The Riveter community can tackle various startup challenges, from fundraising best practices, to selling to enterprise clients, tackling tech architecture challenges, and more. The first of these speakers is Chad Fowler, General Manager of Developer Advocacy at Microsoft, who will speak on July 30th at The Riveter’s Capitol Hill space in Seattle.

Additionally, Microsoft employees including subject matter experts from Microsoft for Startups and M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, will hold 1:1 office hours at The Riveter to provide support on topics including business strategy, technology, and funding.

The third component is a pathway for The Riveter startup members to receive support through the Microsoft for Startups offer, including benefits such as Azure credits, access to Microsoft’s customer and partner network, and additional marketplace and sales support.

“One of the most crucial parts of Microsoft’s efforts to help the startup community, is by connecting them to customers and helping them grow their revenue streams,” said Annie Parker, Head of Microsoft for Startups. “We are committed to working even harder for female founders and this partnership puts us in an excellent position to do just that.”

Read more about what The Riveter has to say about this new relationship over on their blog.