Portfolio

Backing visionary female founders who are building the businesses of tomorrow.

Innovation is not gender-specific; yet, the seed-stage venture market is increasingly oversaturated, with too many dollars chasing the same few deals. In 2019, of the $56 billion raised, just 2.8 percent of funding went to women-led startups; in 2020, that fell to 2.3 percent.

Despite female founders being structurally overlooked at the seed stage, female-founded startups outperform companies with all-male founding teams. Companies with a female founder generate, on average, a 35 percent higher ROI and 12 percent higher revenues than their male peers. The Boston Consulting Group and MassChallenge found women-owned startups deliver twice as much per dollar invested as those founded by men.

At The Helm, we are finding and investing in the undervalued companies at a stage when they show incredible, defensible promise; giving them the capital to deliver on that promise. It is imperative that female voices have a role in creating the companies, technologies, and systems that will shape our future. This is not only a problem that needs to be solved; it is also an opportunity to drive outsized returns by investing capital into the next generation of female-led innovation.


 

Fund II

With our second venture fund, we are seizing an arbitrage opportunity to realize significant social and financial returns by investing $25 million into female-founded, technology-enabled companies.

Realworld

Realworld is a platform, marketplace, and community that onboards Gen-Z into the working world by providing comprehensive guidance, tools, and resources around major life topics not covered in school.

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Oova

Oova is a leading diagnostic brand in biomarker health, revolutionizing remote at-home urine testing enabled by next-generation biochemistry and artificial intelligence.

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Inaru

Inaru is transforming the agricultural supply chain, starting with cacao and coffee, enabling stakeholders to capture 40x the value of the raw crop by operating entirely vertically.

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Venus Aerospace

Venus Aerospace is pushing the boundaries of high-speed, hypersonic transportation with an engine that makes one-hour global transport a reality.

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AOA

Through its revolutionary early-stage detection blood test, biotech company AOA will save half the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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Membership

Membership to our Investor Community allows individual investors—novice and experienced alike—to make investments alongside The Helm into early-stage female-founded companies.

Dogdrop

A first-of-its-kind dog daycare franchise for busy urban millennials, Dogdrop offers convenient, flexible, and tech-enabled monthly memberships for short-term stays (2-3 hours) nationwide.

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Oova

Oova is a leading diagnostic brand in biomarker health, revolutionizing remote at-home urine testing enabled by next-generation biochemistry and artificial intelligence.

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Aplos

Aplos is a plant-based functional alcohol alternative, reimagining the adult drinking occasion for the modern, wellness-minded consumer.

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Haute Hijab

Haute Hijab is a direct-to-consumer commerce company that is building a next-generation modest fashion brand starting with the hijab.

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Inaru

Inaru is transforming the agricultural supply chain, starting with cacao and coffee, enabling stakeholders to capture 40x the value of the raw crop by operating entirely vertically.

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Tia

Tia is leveraging the learnings from their women’s health app to launch a unique care service company, starting with their flagship clinic in New York, which opened in early 2019.

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Fund I

Our first venture fund invested close to $1.5 million in 10 of the most promising female CEOs in the country. We looked for businesses leveraging technology in a way that is innovative and scalable. We also made a point of investing in companies in industries that are outside of the traditional areas where women get funding. Our portfolio companies span industries: from digital healthcare to wearable technology and the sharing economy to design software and eCommerce.

Breeze

Breeze is an on-demand food service for airport travelers. Through a simple and intuitive app, travelers choose between a selection of curated meals and snacks, delivered to them in just 3 clicks within 15 minutes.

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Fuse

Fuse is powering the supply chain for the next generation of commerce with its cloud-based inventory planning SaaS solution.

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Ganaz

Ganaz is a simple suite of technology tools that connect agriculture operations with farm workers, allowing them to recruit, retain and manage their farm labor at the touch of a button.

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Haute Hijab

Haute Hijab is a direct-to-consumer commerce company that is building a next-generation modest fashion brand starting with the hijab.

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Mahmee

Mahmee is an online platform that makes it possible for integrated health systems to offer comprehensive postpartum maternity care to patients after they leave the hospital.

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Rebellyous Foods

Seattle Food Tech is reinventing the supply chain for plant-based chicken alternatives, starting with a vegan chicken nugget.

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Smartgift

Smartgift's all-in-one consumer and corporate gifting platform offers business solutions to scale multi-channel growth, allowing online retailers to leverage unique insights to reinvent the digital gifting experience.

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StyleRow

Helmed by designer and entrepreneur, Erinn Valencich, StyleRow is bringing modern tools to the highly inefficient interior design space.

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The Riveter

The Riveter is a women-forward network balancing physical workspaces and a digital ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

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Tia

Tia is leveraging the learnings from their women’s health app to launch a unique care service company, starting with their flagship clinic in New York, which opened in early 2019.

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