Mergers & Acquisitions: Exponent Exchange brings together 200 female dealmakers for second annual event

“Trish Costello, founder and CEO of Portfolia, built a business with exactly this in mind. Portfolia is a dealmaking process for women and entrepreneurs that allows investors to help call the shots on companies and products they’d like to see enter the marketplace.

‘We have to take venture capital, shake it all up, turn it upside down, and create models that work for women. And by the way, we own half the wealth in the United States,’ said Costello. ‘For the first time ever in recorded history, we are powerful if we choose to use it. So let's do that — let’s use our financial power to get the companies we want.’”

OBSERVE The Odgers Berndtson Global Magazine: Investment Goes Along with Empowerment

“‘Unfortunately women-led or female-focused startups tend to be undercapitalized, which inhibits growth. Other companies swoop in, often male-led and typically better-funded, pick up their great ideas and take over the market,’ adds Trish Costello, CEO of Portfolia, an entrepreneurial investing platform designed for women.”

Forbes: Meet the Women Investors Supporting Early Women's Health Innovators

Trish Costello, Portfolia, Making A Bet On Women’s Health The Portfolia FemTech Fund focuses on emerging technologies, products and services improving women’s health throughout their lives. Portfolia is making strategic investments in high-potential opportunities that are both profitable and increase women’s wellbeing.

Costello insists that the biggest problem for femtech founders is that 94% of active capital is controlled by men: “They don’t always connect to the issues, and knowing the field is key as an investor. We need more women investors. As a founder, you should know the financial model behind your solution, find the right advisors, and approach investors with a track record in the space -don’t waste time with those that never invested in women or the space.”

xconomy: To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Portfolia was recently featured in an article by xconomy on how women are building their own networks to challenge status quo in the tech industry and also invest in more women led startups.

Xconomy notes "Costello founded Portfolia six years ago, after 17 years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she founded its well-known Fellows program. “We’re deconstructing how venture capital works,” she says, noting that the modern VC industry was developed at a time when women couldn’t even take out loans on their own. “If we could organize it today, what would it look like?”

First Step Venture Partner Angela Jackson in Portland Tribune

Investment fund Portfolia announced it has added Angela Jackson of the Portland Seed Fund as a venture partner for its new fund called the FirstStep Fund.

Jackson will continue working with the Portland Seed Fund but will bring her expertise, along with four other partners spread across the country, to finding startups with a female angle: companies either founded or run by women or producing a product or service of particular interest to women.

Forbes: How To Avoid The Three Worst Blunders Entrepreneurs Make In Pitching Investors

We are pleased to be included in a roundup of investing solutions that allow you to invest in opportunities that align with your values. According to Women 2.0, you can achieve social impact and financial returns by taking advantage of investment models that help you support the companies you want to see in your marketplace.

Women 2.0 Says Portfolia Easily Allows You to Invest in Line with Your Personal Values

We are pleased to be included in a roundup of investing solutions that allow you to invest in opportunities that align with your values. According to Women 2.0, you can achieve social impact and financial returns by taking advantage of investment models that help you support the companies you want to see in your marketplace.

MedTech Strategist: Portfolia’s FemTech Fund Activates a New Source of Investors

We are thrilled to be featured in MedTech Strategist in their Venture Capital Section on how Portfolia is activating a new source of investors.

“In focusing on underfunded sectors, particularly women’s health, Portfolia does have the opportunity to shape the healthcare landscape for women by helping innovative companies get the funding they need to get to market.“

2GO: Health Science, Angels, and Earthly Talent

For context, innovation in the health sciences happens everywhere. Yet, a distinct gap sits before our eyes. Investment firms avoid funding solutions to female health care issues. Run predominantly by men, the firms are ‘uncomfortable’ addressing such issues, even when they are likely to make exceptional returns on their investment.

“…A movement is happening to address this. Bands of women angel investment organizations are floating to help…Among these, Portfolia’s angels are most on a mission."

PR Newswire: Silicon Valley's Portfolia Closes First Women's Health Venture Fund

We are beyond excited by the huge growth that Portfolia has had this year and we are deeply grateful for the groundswell of dynamo women who see Portfolia as the answer, the action step and the smartest way to back the companies, the products, and the world they believe in! #FemTech #InvestTogether #MarketMakers. Read the full article here.

For more information on how you can make markets by investing in the companies, products and solutions you believe in, sign up to attend one our upcoming FirstStep introductory calls or simply begin by signing up here.

Forbes: You, Too, Can Invest Like Melinda Gates


"Melinda Gates has been making headlines by investing in female-founded venture capital firms. She’s addressing the lack of money for female founders by putting her money where her mouth isIf you’re an accredited investor, you can, too.

Venture funds with women as decision-making partners are far more likely to invest in women-led companies, and businesses founded by women delivered higher revenue — more than twice as much per dollar invested — than those founded by men, making women-owned companies better investments for financial backersPortfolia funds provide diversification and have six noteworthy features...." 

Read on to find out what our secret sauce is and how you too can invest smartly (like Melinda Gates). 

Forbes: How Women Angels Are Good For Innovation And The Economy

The reality is that men all too often invest in entrepreneurs that look just like them. And why is that important? Because women see market opportunities that men pass by. To open up new markets, bring out new products and get strong companies off the ground, we need more women...

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Silicon Valley's Portfolia Launches Nation's First FemTech Fund

Portfolia Funds, innovative venture investing platform, just announced the launch of its sixth fund. The Portfolia FemTech Fund will invest exclusively in emerging technologies, products and services focused on improving women's health and wellness.

Frost and Sullivan recently published a report stating that FemTech will be a $50 billion market by 2025. Spurred on by rapid innovation in the health space, a positive regulatory environment and the fact that women now control 80% of healthcare decisions in the U.S. household, FemTech is predicted to be the next big disruptor in the global healthcare market. While the benefits of FemTech are widely recognized, the market is still at an early stage.

Inc.: 7 Signs That the Investment Landscape for Women Is Finally Changing

Portfolia, which was founded to help women learn to become angel investors, announced its first exit, OtoSense, in May. It returned more than 2x to investors, but the investment is just two years old. OtoSense applies artificial intelligence to the analysis of sound. It has applications in home health care -- is that a baby crying or just someone yelling? -- but also in manufacturing, where it can help determine if a machine needs some type of repair or upkeep.

Each of Portfolia's funds concentrates on a specific sector, and can accommodate a maximum of 99 investors. They invest in "areas where we know women are the buyers, even within corporate," says Trish Costello, the founder of Portfolia, which she says "almost always" backs gender-balanced teams.

Women PE Briefs: In the Spotlight...

Portfolia, Inc., an investment organization largely comprised of women, received important news at its investor summit in Boston last month: its first exit. OtoSense, which Portfolia invested in two years ago, was acquired by Analog Devices.

“We popped open some champagne,” Portfolia Founder and CEO Trish Costello tells Women’s PE Briefs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Trish said Portfolia generated nearly 2.5-times its money on the exit. Based in Palo Alto, OtoSense is a developer of sound recognition software that turns sounds and vibrations into actionable meaning.

Announcing Portfolia's First Exit: OTOSENSE

Announcing Portfolia's First Exit: OTOSENSE

Portfolia is pleased to announce its first return to investors with the acquisition of OtoSense, an artificial intelligence company for sound, by Analog Devices.
Portfolia launched the Rising Tide Fund in late 2015, in partnership with Next Wave Impact Ventures. The fund invested in the company's Series A round in Spring 2016. The company's acquisition will deliver a more than 2X return in two years for Rising Tide Fund investors, an impressive result under traditional venture capital and angel investing models.

Silicon Valley Business Journal: A decade of influential women: Silicon Valley's 2018 Women of Influence announced

For the past 10 years, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has honored a class of influential businesswomen in our area.

We culled through almost 300 nominations to finalize this list of 100 influential women. Nonprofits, startups, manufacturing, aviation, legal, finance and even plastic surgery are represented this year. All of the women have made an impact at work and in their communities.