ATHENA Program Goals

Increase Women Founders

Increase the Number of Women (Co)Founded Companies at USC and provide them with the environment, mentors and resources they need to launch successful businesses.

Increase Women Investors

We are aiming to increase the number of women investors at USC so there will be more women in the investment ecosystem who are more likely to invest in women-(co) founded companies. Currently, only 4% of VCs are women. About 4% of women-(co) founded companies receive VC dollars.

Access to Funding Capital and Mentors

We provide our women entrepreneurs and investors with carefully selected mentors to help them develop their skills and networks. We also provide access to funding sources and prepare them to seek funding.

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