21st October 2021

Fund Her North has facilitated investment into six female led businesses worth over £4.2m in its first year, since it was established in October 2020. 

Fund Her North is a volunteer collective of over twenty-eight women in Venture Capital, funding organisations and angel groups, with a combined investment power of more than £450 million in the North. Each of the members of the collective has already made a lasting effect on women entrepreneurs in the North with a combined investment track record of over £75 million invested in female led, start-up businesses. 

Initiated by Helen Oldham, founding board director of NorthInvest, a Leeds-based not-for-profit organisation set up to help northern tech start-ups access angel investment, Fund Her North is led by some of the North’s most prominent voices in the investment landscape. 

Helen is joined on the steering group by Jess Jackson, head of investment at GC Angels, Charlotte Ashton, founding director of Implicit Advisory, Samantha Piddington, head of corporate finance at Deepbridge Capital, Jordan Dargue, board director at NorthInvest and founding director of Dargue Associates and Chi-chi Ekweozor, entrepreneur and founder of Assenty Ltd. 

The organisation has facilitated investment worth more than £4.2m for six Northern businesses - Umii, Supplywell, Green Bean, K9 Nation, Settl'd and Culture Shift.

Helen Oldham, co-founder of Fund Her North and founding board director of North Invest, commented: "As we reflect on a year since launching Fund Her North, we are incredibly proud of all that we have achieved. Not only have we been able to significantly support seven promising, female-founded businesses, we are also seeing our community of female entrepreneurs and investors expanding, with a joint mission to instigate change in the industry.

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