SYDNEY, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Forming Circles Global (FCG), headed by CEO and founder Renata Cooper, launched in Australia as a unique angel investment organisation created to predominantly fund local and global women-led / founded technology startups. FCG is an evolution of Forming Circles that launched in 2011 as a social and ethical investment organisation and has since supported over 100 individuals, businesses and causes.
FCG will leverage the newly launched Forming Circles Fund to invest half a million dollars (in order of priority) into angel investments in Australian and global startups, two annual Australian small business grants and support for Australian social enterprises operating in developing countries.
Renata is a member of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investor network and a muru-D (the startup accelerator backed by Telstra) mentor.
Renata's investment portfolio currently comprises innovative and disruptive startups including iVvy, Good360, Handkrafted and most recently, Workible -- a mobile and social recruitment platform and Our Little Foxes -- a craft projects and activities subscription service for kids. Through Scale Investors, she has invested in US based CloudPeeps and DayOne Response.
A key focus area for FCG will be on building the Founders Circle of entrepreneurs who collectively support the startup community and play an active role in its growth -- through mentorship, investments and networks, now and in the future.
"The spirit of women-led entrepreneurship and its role in shaping the future of our economy is getting stronger every day. The energy is here and slowly, through an increasing number of success stories, women are fuelling the next phase of growth -- in Australia and onto global markets. FCG is here to support women driving value based innovation and nurture an ecosystem and network of future investors," said Renata Cooper, CEO and Founder of FCG.
"Many creative ideas that influence growth and positively impact people's lives get lost due to lack of and access to funding. FCG is making a conscious effort to empowering women entrepreneurs with startups built on great ideas. In addition to financial support, we will give women valuable mentorship that helps their startups scale," added Renata.
To date, Renata has invested over $2 million in Australian and US startups, social enterprises and women, youth and literacy focused sponsorships and causes.
SOURCE Forming Circles Global