Bad Girl Ventures

  • We invest in bold women.

    Bad Girl Ventures creates opportunities for female entrepreneurs through education, developing connections and by giving access to capital.

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  • Your startup begins here.

    Our 9-week education program helps women starting a business get the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. Plus, our top 10 finalists from each class compete for a chance at a $25,000 loan.

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We create opportunities

As an educational and micro-finance organization, dedicated to inspiring and supporting female entrepreneurs in all the key elements of their business, BGV enables bold women to build and sustain, well-managed, profitable businesses through guidance, education and access to capital.

 Education

Bad Girl Ventures combines micro-lending with a nine week business development course. Each three hour…

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 Education

Bad Girl Ventures combines micro-lending with a nine week business development course. Each three hour class is taught successful business owners and professionals from the local community with in-depth experience in their fields. Each class consists of a two hour classroom session followed by a one hour one-on-one coaching session where experts in the industry spend time answering questions in a “speed date” type setting. Each nine week course is held two times a year.

 Access to Capital

While women make up 60% of the US population and earn 60% of all bachelor degrees, Ohio has struggled to find women…

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 Access to Capital

While women make up 60% of the US population and earn 60% of all bachelor degrees, Ohio has struggled to find women to lead startup companies. This is not because women lack the ideas or the capacity. Women simply have a more difficult time finding financing.  In fact, although women own 50% of all privately held companies, they have access to only 5% of traditional capital. Bad Girl Ventures is intended to be a highly localized micro-lending organization focused on woman-owned startups to address this disparity.

 Mentorship

One of the most important aspects in our program is the connections that are made and the guidance that is given to each and…

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 Mentorship

One of the most important aspects in our program is the connections that are made and the guidance that is given to each and every student and finalist that comes through the program.

Businesses can choose to participate as a student or a finalist

Finalists

As a finalist, you will attend the nine week business essentials course on scholarship and compete against 9 other women owned businesses in order to win a $25,000 loan.

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Finalist

As a finalist, you will attend the nine week business essentials course on scholarship and compete against 9 other women owned businesses in order to win a $25,000 loan.

Finalists must participate in the application process and meet the following requirements:

  • majority women owned business
  • in business for 5 years or less
  • need for a $25,000 low interest loan
  • attendance at and full completion of the nine week course

After reviewing all applications submitted, a group of semi-finalist applicants are selected to participate in interviews. Then 10 are selected as finalists to attend the program on scholarship.

Each finalist is paired with a SCORE counselor to mentor her throughout the program and is expected to complete and submit by the end of the course, a homework assignment for each class, a business plan, a marketing plan, 3 year financial projections, and a SBA loan application.

At the end of the course each finalist will present to the selection committee who will determine who receives the $25,000 loan. The loan is awarded at a graduation celebrating the completion of the course.

Students

Any business owner or entrepreneur, female or male, is invited to attend an entire course or attend any individual class al la carte.

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Students

Any business owner or entrepreneur, female or male, is invited to attend an entire course or attend any individual class al la carte.

Student participants are provided with classroom instruction, participation in the one-on-one coaching sessions, homework, and class materials for each class he or she attends.

BGV CLASS TOPICS
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web & social media
Marketing & Branding
Cash Flow
Legal Essentials

Have you established what legal entity you want for your business? There are pros and cons that should be examined as they effect your business. What about your business name? How do you sign contracts? An explanation will be given concerning the difference between independent contractors and employees. Find out how to address legal business problems before they happen!

Accounting
Pricing
Financing
the 60 second Pitch
Credit

ONE BIG,
BAD FAMILY

Success Story

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Success Stories

Success Stories

Cincinnati
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Columbus

BGV Wants You.

no one can do it alone

It takes a team to help each Bad Girl realize their dream. If you have time to help coach, mentor or just give helpful advice, we’d love to have you.

Volunteer

Support for our bad girls

can come in many forms, but one of the most important is monetary donations. Help sponsor a bad girl and join the Bad Girls Club.

Donate to the Cause

Bring the bad to your city

Do you love all BGV has to offer? Think it would be perfect in your city? Want to start a Chapter in your city?

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Become a Finalist

You have the next great business idea. We want to bring it to life. Sign up to be a finalist today and earn your chance at a $25,000 loan.

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Become a Student

In the early phases of your business idea, or just want to attend classes to bring your business idea to life?

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