For startup founders, startup workers and those who aspire to be either

If you have an offering for founders or tech workers please email marcos@bettermousetrap.nyc with the details so I can post it here and in my newsletter.

You’ve arrived! Here’s where you’ll find funding and other opportunities for both founders and tech workers.


COVID-19 Business Assistance ResourceSee this page for some resources to help your business.


Making It With Lowes offers a chance for diverse founders to put their products. in front of Lowes’ customers on Lowes.com. This is for small businesses owned by a: member of the LGBTQ+ community, minority, person with a disability, veteran, or woman. Apply by July 30


Lowenstein Sandler VentureCrushFG Accelerator No equity, no charge, not required to do business with anyone, no demo day


Aves Lair is a seed-stage accelerator based in NYC. Every 6 months, we invest $100k in each company that is ready to take on our program. Our 12 week plan of action offers a hyperconnected platform that develops innovative solutions utilizing our network of global industry and academic leaders in AI, Blockchain, Cloud, and Data Analytics (A.B.C.D). Rolling admissions Learn more and apply


Closed Loop Ventures is an early stage impact investor seeking innovative technologies and business models that are accelerating the circular economy. We look to invest in companies across the sectors of plastics & packaging, food & agriculture, apparel & beauty as well as supply chain logistics & technology.  Initial checks range from $100k to $1 million at post-money valuations less than $10mm. We lead and co-invest. Apply here


Big Idea Ventures Food Accelerator New York City We invest USD$200K ($125K USD cash and $75K of in-kind value-adds) in the world’s best alternative protein companies twice per year. Learn more & apply (Rolling admissions)


NYC Youth Paid Fellowship opportunity!  2021 Innovation Fellowship Apply to the Cybersecurity Innovation Fellowship, get a monthly stipend, certifications, and a paid internship


Twitch Pitch Competition from Lightship Capital (online) $25k prize. Learn more and enter


Jane Walker – IFundWomen First Women Grant Program  supports 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses across Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism and Hospitality on their journey towards a monumental first. Each recipient will receive a $10K grant plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership. Rolling acceptance (hurry!) thru June ’21
The Passion Fund is a $250,000(USD) global grant program designed to support creators, activists and entrepreneurs in taking their passion to the next level. Apply by July 7
Stacy’s Rise Project $10K Grant + Mentorship for women-founded businesses. Learn more & apply by July 9
FEMTECH + HEALTHTECH GRANTS – $20k in equity-free grants will be awarded. Apply June 22 – July 18.
 FoodFutureCo Food Future is the first scale-up accelerator in food, agriculture, and social entrepreneurship that empowers small but established companies to reach their next stage of growth. $10K per team, 8% equity Apply by July 31
Tacklebox Accelerator – For idea-stage founders (with full-time jobs) 6-week program, 2 evenings per week.
SCAP is an impact investor focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility to bring about a social change in the Environmental, Food & Biotech industries. Learn more & apply.

VenturecrushFGX is a unique opportunity for VC’s and Angels to see the best companies that applied to VentureCrushFG (some admitted, some not) present in rapid format.

Now in its 7th year, FGX offers a valuable and efficient vehicle for early stage investors to see the startups emerging on the New York venture scene. Each year we have had several investors write checks to companies they saw first at FGX.




Founder Grants – Search >80 Grants for founders


Grants.World Actionable funds, grants, loans, and services for startups.


Every month the Awesome Foundation awards a $1,000 grant to a project, no strings attached.


Kaleidoscope Creative Challenge Grant awards a monthly cash prize to emerging artists for a new work that can be completed within 3 months of receiving the grant. The project must have a budget of less than $5k. All formats, genres, and categories of projects will be considered,


Crypto Jobs – Start your Career in Bitcoin and Crypto. Maybe you want to change careers or maybe you’re just joining the job market.


Check out All Tech Is Human’s Responsible Tech Job Board


Research Finance and Other Support


Free Coding Course

Do you have ~10 hours to spare and a desire to learn some coding basics? For free? Consensys Academy is offering free training. You will learn the essentials (Git, Unix/Linux, JavaScript, and more) in ~10 hours, and be in peak form to tackle Bootcamp in the fall! Level up. Upskill. Learn how your devs think. Go here.

Free training with Per Scolas: Are you ready to start your career in tech? After 12-15 weeks (full time) you could start a tech career working for any of these companies. Our graduates land jobs with top tier companies! What company will you start your tech career with? Apply today
Scholarship for Women in Tech – learn to code. Sabio offers a generous scholarship to support women who are ready to take on a career in tech.
30+ Free Classes on Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Negotiation and More That You Can Take From Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Other Prestigious Universities. 
The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it. Upskill yourself courtesy of the New York Times. Learn more.


The Elements of AI a free series of online courses from Reaktor and the University of Helsinki to teach what Artificial Intelligence can and cannot do. Geared to a non-technical audience.
A Cold Outreach Workshop by Paige Doherty Simple, smart steps.

Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit is an online educational resource to help you learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and accelerate your success.


Y Combinator’s Startup School Aspiring Founders Track Relaunches Get access to 17 videos, essays + 6 self-guided exercises.


Curated Content for Early Stage Entrepreneurs from Techstars


400+ Community-Driven Founder Resources Guide from Lolita Taub (follow her on Twitter) + a team of generous collaborators




We Venture | NYCEDC is a $30 million public-private partnership to connect New York City-based, women and minority-founded technology startup companies with the venture capital they need to grow and thrive.


OpenVC is an open resource (think Wikipedia) where VCs can claim their investment thesis. By doing so, VCs receive less spam from clueless founders. They also drive highly-qualified deal flow.  In return, it makes life easier for founders (yes, it matters).


New Big Idea Ventures Food Accelerator New York City – We invest USD$200K ($125K USD cash and $75K of in-kind value-adds) in the world’s best alternative protein companies twice per year. Learn more & apply


Applications are open for the 2021 MetaProp Accelerator at Columbia University! Apply by July 30


The TechCrunch List a directory of the most active and engaged investors in the VC industry today as recommended by founders.


(Article) Black American Startup Resource List: 742+ Accelerators, Incubators, Investors, and more (2021 Update) Document) Black American Startup Ecosystem Canvas V4


(Article) Black American Startup Resource List: 742+ Accelerators, Incubators, Investors, and more (2021 Update) Document) Black American Startup Ecosystem Canvas V4


All Tech is Human and the NYC Alliance have assembled a great collection, Guide to Responsible Tech


NFX Angel and Scout Matching Tool For founders and Scout, Angel, or Solo-Capitalist (once accepted)


Startup-Investor Matching Tool Enabling access to investors and capital. Made by and for 💜 underestimated founders.


Global Entrepreneurship Experience After School Program


Tech & VC: The Foundation  resources for those interested in breaking into Venture Capital. 


Trace Cohen’s Active Investor List is a list of almost 300 investors. You’ll find sectors each focuses on, typical check size, LinkedIn link, and contact info. Please be intelligent and considerate by not contacting people when it’s not a match. What’s the harm? You’ll discourage investors from being a part of this type of resource.


(Paused but sign up to learn when restartingThe NYC LMI Storefront Loan is an interest-free loan up to $100,000 to help storefront businesses located in low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas of New York City restart or continue operations after experiencing challenges from COVID-19.


Podfund $25k – $50k to support emerging podcast creators Learn more and apply


Founder Library is an extensive, curated, and organized collection of knowledge and resources for founders of companies. Not aligned with any company, it is community-sourced and evolving. Add this to your browser bookmarks and if you have useful information, be a contributor.


All Raise is a platform for amplifying female voices, accelerating their success and creating a new culture where women are leading, shaping and funding the future. Sections: Founder, Funder, Ally, Events and a great one, Visionary Voices Speakers Bureau.


NYC Early Stage VC Funds New York City-specific. How long will this be a relevant category as so much business is done online? We’re all remote now.


Female Innovators’ Lab Barclays and Anthemis are committed to bringing more women into entrepreneurship in the financial services ecosystem and closing the fundraising gender gap. Rolling admissions


2020 DocSend Startup Index: Active VC List  This is a list of VCs actively looking for deals and signing term sheets.


COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, deadline unknown. Subscribe at the site for updates


NYC Relaunches Neighborhood Challenge Initiative to Spur Innovative Solutions for Small Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic Let’s help NYC businesses get back on their feet. Learn more & apply


Paying It Forward – Resources (GDoc)

This sheet is a collection of people who have offered to “…chat with Black individuals about their relevant areas of expertise.” The tabs in this sheet cover: People Offering Their Time, Tips on Reaching Out, Job Listings @Companies Actively Hiring.


Tech & VC: The Foundation is a collection of resources for those interested in breaking into Venture Capital. The range of info here (and it will increase over time) will also be interesting and useful to all founders.


Grasshopper Bank’s A Resource Guide For Founders and Investors During This Uncertain Time Well organized table of contents and list of new content, by week.


Startup School – Library of resources. In short, this is a treasure trove of content. Bookmark this baby!


The Global Support Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs and Investors

This is an extraordinary compilation of resources that include:340+ VCs, accelerators, angel networks, conferences, platforms, and communities supporting women innovators and investors

Actors Fund list – for those in the creative fields, restaurant workers, Sole Proprietor businesses, This list is national in scope.


Tech Skills NYC – An amazing resource for free or deferred payment tech training.
Tech:NYC and AlleyCorp have compiled a list of NYC tech workers looking for new roles and NYC-based tech companies hiring open positions. To contribute to the board, click here


WeWork Consumer Labs Launching the next big consumer product? Building tech to support a more sustainable supply chain? Retail is changing, and WeWork Consumer Labs is building a community of entrepreneurs building the brands of tomorrow.

 Soho-based WeWork Consumer Labs is for consumer-focused companies to connect with the partners, mentors, investors, clients, and educational resources needed to thrive. Learn more and apply for our equity-free incubator


Office Hours with Sapna Shah, If you are an early-stage entrepreneur in the retail space (B2B, DTC, etc.) and would like to schedule a virtual meeting with me, please use the Calendly link below. Currently, all meetings will be done virtually due to New York’s pause and WFH mandates. Schedule a meeting: calendly.com/sapnaredgiraffe


Laconia Capital open office hours – no warm intro needed – 30 min. We open our doors for founders to ask any and all questions about venture capital, startups, fundraising, sales, hiring, and everything in between. No questions are off-limits. Looking forward to meeting you! Go here


Scholarship for Women in Tech – learn to code. Sabio offers a generous scholarship to support women who are ready to take on a career in tech.



Master Coding Fundamentals Grace Hopper, Fullstack Academy offers a free (for the moment) online intro to coding (Javascript) 40 hrs. of coding instruction & practice.


Programming with Python | Python for Beginners. These are short lessons to get you started on the road to programming in the Python language.

(3/14/21 now offering certificate programs) Looking to brush up on some digital skills or learn something new? Google is offering free workshops via their Grow with Google program. Check out the offerings and then get over to Google’s headquarters!


Check out women.nyc’s guide to free and low-cost tech courses in New York, including classes, workshops, and meetups across all five boroughs! Learn the essential skills to land a well-paying job in the tech field.


LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode Learn to code, Network Admin. No cost to eligible participants.


The Fundery: The Essential Venture Capital Database for Women Entrepreneurs VC firms investing specifically in women entrepreneurs



Enterprise Women VCs Here’s a good list of Series A funders who fund women-founded businesses.
 500+ women Angel Investors (across the U.S.) assembled by Lolita Taub. As always, do your research to see if any given investor favors a particular sector. If that’s not your company’s sector, be a decent person and don’t contact them.