Are you a female entrepreneur in Texas who needs funding?

CWE Grant Programs for Texas Women Entrepreneurs

One of the biggest obstacles for women-owned businesses is funding. The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE), at Texas Woman’s University is addressing this through grants.  The CWE offered its first grant program in 2018.  The purpose of this and our other grant programs is to foster greater economic development in Texas.  192 women have now been awarded grants from six different grant programs.

These grants have helped women pivot during COVID-19, purchase much needed equipment or machinery for their businesses, invest in technology, purchase inventory, and implement growth plans. The investment in these businesses has increased job growth and added to the tax base of Texas.

Each program comes with entrepreneurial training specific for the grant.  The basic programming includes sessions on business fundamentals such as legal entities, bookkeeping, business planning, insurance and marketing. The Veteran Grant education program brings in veteran business partners, nonprofits and owners as instructors.

The CWE will offer three grant programs in 2022:

1. AdvanceHER Grant

$25,000 – 10 winners

February 4 – March 25, 2022

This grant is for high-growth companies with 3-20 full-time W-2 employees. Preference to businesses focused on Information technology, Life Science, Clean Energy and Advanced manufacturing.

2. Veteran Women Entrepreneur Grant

$5,000 – 10 winners

April 25 – May 27, 2022

This grant is to encourage and enable veteran woman-owned small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects.

3. StartHER grant

$5,000 – 25 winners

September 22 – October 21, 2022

The StartHER Grant Program helps women business owners—current or aspiring—with the resources needed to undertake new and innovative projects.

You can learn more about the grants and programs at the CWE here:

About the Author

Tracy Irby is the director for Texas Woman’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs and can be reached at [email protected]. For more information regarding TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs, visit The Center for Women Entrepreneurs is part of TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership. The JNIWL is dedicated to preparing women to take on successful roles in business and public service

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