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.


1863 Ventures 3R Grant Program – $5K grant to Recover. Rebuild. Resilience. Apply by June 1

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.

VenturecrushFGXFGX 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


New 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.




(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


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.


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.


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.