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Female Innovators Lab Fund

The Female Innovators Lab Fund is a US, UK and Europe based studio, dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurial talent in women from all sides of the financial services ecosystem. The Lab’s mission is to identify female founders at the idea stage of their journey and match them with the resources and mentorship required to develop a company and bring it to its first round of fundraising. There is no cohort cycle associated with FIL.

Key information

Organisation type:
  • Co-working space
  • Continuous
  • Investment built-in
  • Women-only
  • UK-wide
Legal name:
Anthemis (UK) Limited


The Anthemis Female Innovators Lab Fund (FIL) is a venture fund and studio dedicated to investing and cultivating entrepreneurial talent in women across the financial services ecosystem. The fund is managed by Anthemis and backed by Barclays, Aviva, Visa, BMO and other strategic investors.

FIL invests in businesses led by female founders and provides them with human, intellectual and financial resources. The fund is best suited for founders who have a business concept they would like to build into a venture-scalable business, as well as those who are actively fundraising. FIL looks to make the first institutional investment into a company. That is why it is classified on the Invest in women Hub as an incubator, even though the website notes “FIL is a venture fund and studio, not an accelerator or incubator.”

Companies receive support and guidance around product, operations, hiring, marketing and more, all of which will be focused on helping founders to build their business. FIL makes an upfront investment in founders accepted onto the programme. The amount will vary founder by founder, business by business. Follow-on capital is available to support the business as it grows and as founders approach their next fundraising round.

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Please use the following link to apply