The IWMF’s entrepreneurs program diversifies the digital news media landscape and shrinks the gender gap in ownership; it makes women journalists’ entrepreneurial ambitions a reality. Seed funding and coaching gives them essential tools to establish their digital media organizations and move them from an idea to a reality.


“As a new media entrepreneur, I know the IWMF will be an incredible lift to our capacity and our operational know-how. Above all, the mentoring and guidance that comes with the IWMF network is a positive game-changer as we reach for ambitious goals.”

– Lara Setrakian, 2013 IWMF grantee
  • Cracking the Code Cracking the Code 2015 In January 2015, the IWMF and the Ford Foundation joined forces to host a highly interactive, action-oriented international summit for women entrepreneurs working in the digital news space. Taking place at the Ford Foundation in New York, this event brought together 150 of the key international players and partners who fund and work in the realm of digital news entrepreneurship, both in the U.S. and around the world.

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  • Digital Media Entrepreneurship GrantLimited access to capital and training threaten women’s full participation as entrepreneurs in the digital news media. The IWMF’s Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant program, funded by the Ford Foundation, tackles this disparity head on by combating these twin obstacles. Since 2011, nine Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grants of $20,000 each have been awarded to women journalists seeking to launch their own innovative digital media startups. Grantees also receive ongoing pro-bono coaching to support their work.

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