Galvanize teamed up with Worthy Women to host a different kind of event supporting female entrepreneurs. Worthy Women started with a vision and a belief that everything we do stems from a place of whether we “feel worthy” or are hustling to make others believe that we are.
Too often we play it small or safe and we talk ourselves down from our dreams and second guess our abilities. It’s easy to forget that the possibilities we envision for ourselves stem from what we think we deserve. To build relationships, businesses, and find our creativity we must first accept and believe we are worthy of them, because we inherently are worthy.
Worthy Women hosts free monthly event series as a safe space for tech and creative entrepreneurial women to learn best practices needed for success. But also to create a supportive community of amazing women who dare to play by their own rules, forge their own path, and live their true self-worth.
Audrey Bellis, founder of Worthy Women facilitated the panel and started off by asking us:
What are your best tips/tricks for budding female entrepreneurs on a low-cost budget?
The number one thing you can utilize as an entrepreneur is your resourcefulness and hustle. If you’re bootstrapping or on a low budget I recommend getting your creative hustle on and tapping into your network to utilize your resources by following these tips:
- Add value for others whenever possible. Instead of going into a meeting with your agenda in mind.Try going into a meeting with the mindset that the more value you can add for the other person, the more they’ll need what you have to offer.
- When asking others for a help (an intro, help to promote something, or access to a resource) always make sure you make it as easy as possible for the other party to help you. For example, if you’re asking for help promoting an event don’t just send an email saying “can you tweet about my event?” or “can you help me promote my event?” Instead, send 3 different options that they can easily copy and paste. If you’re asking for an intro always state the reason why you would like the intro, and don’t take it personally if they aren’t able to provide one. I always include a forwardable email to make it as easy as possible for them to connect you.
- Find people who have already done what you’re trying to do and reach out to meet for coffee. When you meet with them be sure to have an unofficial agenda prepared ahead of time (with specific questions) so you can be respectful and efficient with their time. This will save you a lot of time, and resources in the long run.
- Find creative ways to appeal and connect with your target audience that doesn’t require spending a dollar. For example, hosting a contest is a great way to get your customer involved with your brand, create excitement, and help your user create their own story aligned with your brand.
What are some things that helped you along the way (groups, popular coworking spaces, networking hotspots)?
Once you know what you want to do, you should move as physically close as possible to wherever that vertical/industry is flourishing and make friends with the people who have already done what you’re trying to do. Paul Graham talks about the environment in one of his essays, and how critical it is to position yourself in the right one.
I had a dream of working for a startup and I knew in order to highly increase the odds in my favor I needed to be in the right environment, and that meant moving to SF or Silicon Valley. By positioning myself in the right environment I came across many opportunities and people I never would have met otherwise, including the opportunity to work at Galvanize.
At Galvanize our focus is bridging the gap between technology and education by building a community of entrepreneurs and students under one roof. By creating this unique scenario we’re able to provide them with the resources they need in order to learn, grow, and reach their milestones in their careers and businesses. Galvanize members have access to resources including member programming where we bring in industry experts to facilitate conversation among members, host workshops, and provide mentorship. This allows everyone to learn about the challenges other entrepreneurs are facing and strategize via open conversation and dialog.
Who do you follow or find inspiration from within the city?
I’ve found a lot of inspiration from my friend Heather Morgan, she built her own business, SalesFolk, from nothing to a robust and successful company in only a few years. She is the queen of cold email. She has major hustle and is extremely creative in finding ways to get responses from the cold emails she sends.
I’m also very inspired by one our Mentors here at Galvanize, Ritika Puri, she started StoryHackers with $0 investment and over the course of 7 years, Ritika and her co-founder grew the company to a team of 23 employees and hundreds of customers ranging from high-growth startups to Fortune 500 brands. I always leave a conversation with her with fresh ideas, actionable to-dos and a renewed sense of energy.
Audrey and her team will be taking their show on the road by hosting Worthy Women events all over the country! You can see their full schedule here.