Oct 10, 2023

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: PS27 Rhea Fund Celebrates Female Leadership

In a world where innovation knows no boundaries, the entrepreneurial landscape is continually evolving. One exciting shift in recent years has been the rise of women founders and co-founders who are breaking barriers and making significant contributions to the business world. Today, PS27 is making a groundbreaking announcement: 50% of the PS27 Rhea Fund is now led by women founders and co-founders. This milestone is not just a celebration of gender diversity; it’s a testament to female entrepreneurs’ talent, innovation, and resilience.

The Rise of Female-Led Companies

In the ever-evolving entrepreneurial landscape, where women founders and co-founders are making remarkable strides and contributions, PS27’s groundbreaking announcement takes center stage. As we celebrate the resilience and innovation of female entrepreneurs, it’s essential to recognize that women are not just significant players but integral pieces of the entire global startup ecosystem, contributing significantly to its vibrancy and growth. In the United States alone, women-owned businesses make up 42% of all enterprises, showcasing the remarkable entrepreneurial spirit and innovation women bring to the table. These businesses are not only engines of economic empowerment but also substantial employers, providing jobs to 9.4 million workers and generating a staggering $1.9 trillion in revenues annually. Furthermore, the statistic that over 1,800 new women-owned businesses are created each day underscores the relentless drive of women entrepreneurs to launch new ventures, disrupt industries, and drive economic progress. Their diverse perspectives, fresh ideas, and unwavering determination play a pivotal role in shaping the ever-evolving landscape of startups, enriching the global entrepreneurial community.

Meet the Visionary Women of PS27 Ventures

Kimba Williams, CEO & Co-Founder at Kushae – Kimba Williams is the visionary founder behind Kushae, a brand that’s making waves in the personal care industry. Her innovative approach to feminine hygiene and wellness products reflects a deep commitment to women’s health and empowerment. Kimba’s dedication to providing safe and effective solutions for women underscores her passion for promoting self-confidence and well-being. Through her leadership, Kushae is not just a brand but a movement empowering women to embrace their unique beauty and vitality.

Andrée Werner, Co-Founder at RYZE Superfoods – Andrée Werner is the driving force behind Ryze Superfoods, a business that’s redefining the coffee experience with organic mushroom-infused blends. Her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to wellness have led to the creation of unique and health-conscious coffee options. Andrée’s vision for Ryze Superfoods transcends traditional coffee by harnessing the power of organic mushrooms to offer a coffee experience that not only invigorates but also nourishes. Under her leadership, Ryze Superfoods is on a mission to provide coffee enthusiasts with a healthier and more sustainable way to start their day.

B.J. Wiley Williams, CEO & Founder at SoHookdB.J. Wiley Williams is the visionary founder behind SoHookd, a groundbreaking platform that is revolutionizing employee and member wellness benefits. SoHookd partners with organizations to deliver a comprehensive range of wellness-oriented benefits, rewards, gifts, and events. Under B.J. Wiley Williams’ leadership, SoHookd curates a selection of top wellness brands and brings together a diverse array of offerings, including healthy meal delivery, online meditation, virtual fitness, and self-care events, all conveniently accessible through the SoHookd Marketplace. Through her innovative approach, B.J. Wiley Williams is helping organizations prioritize the well-being of their employees and members, creating a healthier and happier community.

Kristy McCann Flynn, CEO & Co-Founder at SkillCycle – Kristy McMann Flynn is the visionary founder behind SkillCycle, a transformative talent development platform that places learning at the forefront of the employee experience. SkillCycle is designed to empower organizations to nurture talent across the entire employee lifecycle, ultimately driving tangible business results. Under Kristy McMann Flynn’s leadership, SkillCycle is reshaping the way companies approach employee development by providing a holistic and dynamic platform that aligns individual growth with organizational success. Through her innovation, Kristy is helping companies foster a culture of continuous learning and growth, ensuring that employees and businesses thrive together.

Manuela Zoninsein, CEO & Founder at Kadeya – Manuela Zoninsein is the innovative founder of Kadeya, a pioneering venture that’s reimagining access to clean, sustainable drinking water. Kadeya introduces a novel concept: reusable water vending machines. Under Manuela’s leadership, Kadeya is on a mission to reduce single-use plastic waste by providing a convenient and eco-friendly way for people to access fresh water. Her vision for a more sustainable future is not only transforming how we think about hydration but also contributing to a cleaner, greener planet. Manuela Zoninsein’s commitment to environmental sustainability and her entrepreneurial spirit are driving positive change in the way we consume and think about water.

How to Get Involved with PS27 – Female Founders Forum

The Female Founders Forum program is not just an event; it’s a transformative opportunity waiting to empower you and supercharge your entrepreneurial journey. If you’re a leader, an aspiring entrepreneur, or deeply involved in the world of startups and corporate innovation, this is your moment to shine. Imagine being in a room filled with successful role models, like past speaker Ellen Latham from OrangeTheory Fitness, who are eager to share their secrets to success, connect with you on a personal level, and forge lasting business relationships that can shape your future.

But that’s not all. At PS27, we believe in putting our money where our mission is. That’s why we offer a thrilling pitch competition, where remarkable entrepreneurs like Manuela Zoninsein of Kadeya and Kimba Williams from Kushae have walked away with victory in the past. It’s a chance to showcase your vision, get valuable feedback, and secure the financial capital you need to make your dreams a reality.

Our mission is clear: to empower entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs with resources and experiences to allow them to achieve business success. Join us at the largest celebration of International Women’s Day in Florida, and you’ll not only learn from the best but also have the chance to secure the financial backing your venture deserves. It’s time to step into your power, learn from the pros, and chart a course toward unparalleled success. To join the PS27 Rhea Fund, submit your pitch deck here.

Written by Abhishek Kundalia, PS27 Ventures

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