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The Helm

Who Are We?

The Helm makes it easy to invest in women. We bring you the latest female-founded products and companies, tell you why they matter and connect you with ways to support them directly. And when we say we are invested in women, we mean it. Literally. The HelmÕs venture fund invests in female-founded startups, putting capital behind the next generation of leaders in technology and innovation.

Target Size of Funds

$1,500,000

Founder(s)

Lindsey Taylor
Lindsey Taylor Wood, CEO Lindsey brings fifteen years of experience as a leader in the gender equality movement to The Helm. An expert in the empowerment of girls and women, Lindsey founded LTW, an impact studio with an emphasis on contemporary feminism. Clients included actor Matt McGorry, MAKERS, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, The Harnisch Foundation, Women Moving Millions, and filmmakers Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus, and Rashida Jones, among others. In partnership with these clients, LTW designed and implemented a wide range of programs, products, and systems, including but not limited to funding mechanisms and mentorship programs for media makers, content strategies for films and television programming, philanthropic strategies for family foundations, and social impact campaigns. Her ability to use philanthropy and culture symbiotically, and with a gender lens, has made her a sought-after strategist in the womenÕs rights movement. Prior to consulting, Lindsey was on the founding team of Catapult, a crowdfunding platform for girls and women. Incubated as a project of Women Deliver, Catapult was designed to establish and maintain a sustained, long-term funding infrastructure capable of scaling to many thousands of projects and delivering millions of dollars in funds to benefit girls and women over the next decade. While there, she led the marketing, communications and outreach initiatives. Lindsey also worked for Women Deliver, a leading global advocate for girlsÕ and womenÕs health, rights, and wellbeing Ñ and among the first organizations to promote the investment case for girls and women. Cornerstone projects of her time there included the Women Deliver 50 Campaign which showcased the top 50 ideas and solutions for women and girls internationally, and the training of youth advocates from 11 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa as part of an invitation-only regional consultation in Kampala, Uganda with government officials and agencies, policymakers, researchers, experts, and advocates focused on achieving the United NationsÕ Millennium Development Goal 5. Pre-NGOs, Lindsey worked with the Broadcasting Board of Governors, where she explained U.S. policy to Voice of AmericaÕs worldwide audience through editorials broadcast on television, radio and the internet; acted as an off-air reporter and producer for the TODAY show; and as the External Relations Manager for The Lunchbox Fund. She has contributed to a variety of campaigns centered on conflicts in Central Africa, as well as ÒThe Enough Moment,Ó a book by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle. She has been named one of the 20 Young Champions for Women by The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, currently serves on the Feminist.com Board of Directors, and advises the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Stage : Seed
Sector : FemTech, Fashion, Consumer goods
Region : North America
Country : US