Billion Dollar
Funders Circle

*2017 Class of BDFC finalists and Advisors!

Billion Dollar Funders Circle

B. D. F. C.

The Billion Dollar Funders Circle was created in an effort to get $1 billion in cash, contracts and resources to women-owned businesses by 2020. This will enable 1 million women to reach $1 million in annual revenue (currently less than 2% do) and enable those over $1 million in annual revenue to go over the $100 million in annual revenue. 

Featured Left: EBW Founder and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt with sponsor Austin Film Society’s Rebecca Campbell and Lauren Alexander at the first BDFC event where BDFC finalists worked with expert advisors and mentors to hone their pitching skills.

The Billion Dollar Funders Circle 4-month program is a fast-paced accelerator that will help propel your business forward through a regular small group setting with our world-leader expert ADVISORS AND MENTORS ranging from the former President of Dell, our own Founder and CEO of EBW, Advisor to the former President of the White House, to the head of Corporate Supplier Diversity at a Fortune 500 company. You will also have a 1×1 call, and learn how to hone your pitching skills, how to access new debt, equity and revenue opportunities, or even how to overcome self-doubt, among other topics critical for entrepreneurs, from the world’s leading experts.

Featured Right: BDFC finalists as they get ready to pitch their businesses in front of advisors and peers

Billion Dollar Funders Circle finalist, Emra Smith of the HOPE APP, said the following:
“The Billion Dollar Funders Circle was life-changing for me and my business. I went in as a nonprofit and came out as a for profit business which incorporates every dream I could ever think possible to achieve. The experience with Ingrid and each of the advisors was invaluable. I have never pitched my business at such a high level before and now I am confident in every way.”

Featured Left: 2017 People’s Choice Winner Patrice Banks as she pitches her business, Girls Auto Clinic, at the EBW Global Summit


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REALLY?! who gets to have personal time with the advisor to our former president and CEOS of major corporations??! Having the former advisor to President Obama dive into our business and end with “your company is needed and worthwhile” gave us the courage to reach for the stars. By far the most diverse set of business leaders and supportive program out there. For anyone serious about moving their business forward, choosing the Billion Dollar Funder Circle is for you. Participating in the BDFC will help your new business get some serious TO DO’s done – business plan, 3 minute pitch, headshots, and so much more! They bring it all together (people, process, framework) and it is ridiculously AFFORDABLE!! There is really no way to explain what happens when you bring women business owners together in a collaborative environment combined with world-class business leaders, it’s pure MAGIC. Knowing we will better serve women world-wide by leveraging their guidance is the ultimate testament of its value.
Laura Hunsinger & Mary Kolbenschlag Discover Pathwaze
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I had the chance to meet with Anna McCoy and get feedback on my pitch, She had a great perspective on how to improve my pitch by telling my personal story and organizing the flow of the story of the business. This was incredibly helpful getting prepared for the pitch competition. Anna’s experience and passion for helping women entrepreneurs was inspirational in an of itself. The BDFC’s advisors were so generous with their time sharing their experiences with their businesses to help us all as we grow our companies. I found such value from the summit itself, the summit was unlike anything I have ever experienced with so many amazing women of various walks of life and careers that have broken boundaries and created incredible lives for themselves. It was inspiring to be around so many women and a culture of support and encouragement.
Nicole Bassett The Renewal Workshop
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The BDFC gave us the resources to accelerate our growth exponentially. It provided us the tools we needed to refine our business plan and take our company to new heights. It would have taken us months or even years to reach this stage by ourselves. But with the help of the BDFC advisors and the EBW team, we were able to find new roads to keep moving forward and we are very excited to find out what the future holds for us.
Lisette Donado SourceBahn
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As an emerging enterprise software company targeting Fortune 500 companies, BDFC was instrumental in helping us define our entry into a difficult market segment. Throughout the BDFC program, we worked hard with mentors, peers, and EBW leaders to help us stretch our knowledge and understanding of where we are in our current phase of business. Thanks to the collective knowledge, the tools and the intensive pace of the accelerator, we were able to efficiently develop the crucial steps needed to move our business onto the next level! We are stronger, wiser and much more prepared for scaling our business after completing the Accelerator Program!
Charlotte Donoso SourceBahn

BDFC Mentors and Advisors


The Santana Group


Founder / CEO,
Techway Services


Founder and CEO
of EBW2020




President and CEO

Arnold Baker

Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans & Former Chair of the National Black Chamber of Commerce

Tina Tchen

Former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, Executive Director of The White House Council on Women and Girls


Vice President of International Operations at Technology Integration Group and Former Global Supplier Diversity Leader at Dell


Former President & Chief Commercial Officer of Dell


CEO of C-Leveled and Former Partner of Industrious CFO

Realize Your Fullest Potential Through an Experience Like No Other

Key Dates

  • To begin in August 2018

  • Due date for applications: June 1, 2018

  • Decisions made and Welcome packets going out: July 2018
  • Prep Starts: August 2018
  • Weekly Live Calls: To occur August, September, October 2018 with Mentors
  • Pitch Group Training: 1.5 Days in September 2018 in Austin, TX
  • BDFC Pitch Competition: Summit 2018

Apply Today

Emerging Women

  • $50 refundable deposit required to apply
  • This is for women in business serious about getting over the $1M mark

Upon successful completion of the BDFC program, participant will receive the following badge certification to be used for web and marketing purposes.