Why Prosper Women Entrepreneurs?
Watch this video to learn more about our programs and why women entrepreneurs are key to economic development.
About Prosper Women Entrepreneurs
It was in the spring of 2012 when a group of St. Louis community leaders first read studies released by the Kauffman Foundation and American Express OPEN reporting on women’s entrepreneurship and its impact on the economy. In the American Express OPEN report, 25 cities were ranked for their number of female-led entrepreneurial businesses. As these local visionaries scanned the list, expecting to see St. Louis somewhere near the top to middle, their eyes kept going lower until the shocking truth became clear: the city that is home to companies such as Monsanto, Cortex and Boeing was ranked last.
What does this mean for a community as it looks to the future? What could it mean for a region if 50% of its population felt more empowered to reach their economic potential?
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) was created to advance women-led companies. PWE is comprised of two separate divisions: Prosper Institute, a non-profit organization that helps growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses to create economic prosperity, and the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator, a for-profit organization focused on increasing women entrepreneurs' access to growth capital and the number of women investing in early stage capital markets.
Additional information about the entrepreneur gender gap: