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

If you have an offering for founders or tech worker 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.


SAP.iO Accelerator for Seed to C Round startups
to build innovative software that deliver value for SAP customers. For women, diverse, and under-represented founders. (No equity taken) Apply by Aug 3


NEW Google Podcasts creator program is a virtual accelerator program, independent podcasters have the opportunity to forge close relationships with other podcasters and industry experts from around the world. They will receive up to $12,000, audio equipment, and the chance to refine their skills in storytelling, sound design, marketing, +… Apply by Aug. 9


NEW Halo Incubator Fall 2020 Cohort We enable early-stage women and non-binary entrepreneurs to bridge knowledge and resource gaps, build a strong community, and attract funding. Our workshops and lecture topics are facilitated by our co-founders and guest lecturers with deep industry expertise in all of the topics entrepreneurs need to know. We DO NOT take equity. The program costs $2,500 per company for the program. Apply by Aug 9th for an early bird 20% discount.


NEW Catalyst NYC Accelerator for 6 mo. program for Pre-Seed to Seed startups in AI, AR, VR, Cloud Computing, Computer Vision, Cybersecurity, Data & Analytics, ML, Smart Cities, Smart Mobility. 0 equity with mentorship & support. Learn more & apply by Aug 10


Building Code Innovation Challenge: seeks your ideas on improving worker safety and building design, construction, and regulation. Apply by 8/21


CleanTech Impact Challenge Applications: Together with PSEG, the TechUnited CleanTech Alliance presents the CleanTech Impact Challenge to encourage startups working on innovative solutions to promote and create energy efficiency & energy equity to apply for the chance to win support, mentorship, exposure, and the $50K final prize. Apply by Aug 31st.


NEW BIV Food Accelerator We’re raising USD$50M+ to invest in plant-based foods & ingredients, and cell-based meats. We combine capital and partnership to support our entrepreneurs and grow compelling companies to change the world for the better. Apply by Sept 4


Aves Lair is seeking startups in the Blockchain and AI verticals to apply for our accelerator program. Aves Lair provides a wide range of customized services and a global network of resources to their startups to help ensure success and assist with the scalability of the business. Our initial investment amount is $100k with a 5-8% equity stake in the business. Apply by Sept 6th


NEW SDG Ambition is an accelerator initiative that aims to challenge and support participating companies of the UN Global Compact in setting ambitious corporate targets and accelerating integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into core business management. Learn more & Apply by Sept 30


NVP Labs Accelerator Newark Venture Partners Labs invests in up to 10 companies twice a year and is currently recruiting for its 9th class (Fall 2020). NVP Labs is a Bridge-to-Seed program providing “post-accelerator” stage startups with the funding and expertise needed to hit Seed / A round MRR milestones faster. Learn more & apply by Sept. 21


CleanTech Impact Challenge Applications: Together with PSEG, the TechUnited CleanTech Alliance presents the CleanTech Impact Challenge to encourage startups working on innovative solutions to promote and create energy efficiency & energy equity to apply for the chance to win support, mentorship, exposure, and the $50K final prize. Apply by Aug 31st. Learn more and apply here.


NEW Food-X – for early-stage Co’s looking to impact the global food system. Offers: funding, expert investors, world class network, leading curriculum, collaborative co-working, alumni network. Apply for winter 2021 program


Power 200: Black & Latinx Venture Capitalists You Should Know Apply to present at CRETECH 2020 Virtual Demo Day (12/1)


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


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!

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.



NEW: 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


Fundraise From Home This site lets you pitch a group of early-stage investors from home. The Investor groups include: Chapter One; Stride VC; Shrug Capital; Dream Machine; and Weekend FundPitching is simple. 3 video questions each question is followed by your recorded video answer.


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


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


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


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.


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


Subscribe to Civic Hall’s “NYC Civic Tech newsletter for their thought-provoking weekly events + programming hosted by civic tech organizations such as Women’s March Global, DataKind, BetaNYC and more.
And explore Civic Hall membership, which provides collaborative-working space, free/discounted events + digital skills training, and a sliding scale option for those on tight budgets.


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.


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.


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


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


Fullstack Academy re-launches its No-Tuition fellowship program with NYC. The 17 week Web Development program has eligibility requirements and will select 40 applicants to participate. Learn more hereApply here.


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.


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.