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Helping women-owned startups

build, grow and scale their companies. 

150 Fellowships Awarded
Across the U.S.
50% Awarded to Women of Color


Luminary and Silicon Valley Bank are partnering together for the SVB Luminary Fellowship Program to support the next generation of category-defining companies led by women founders. The fellowship program will award a total of 50 fellowships, with at least half of available slots designated for women of color. Successful applicants will be building pre-seed or seed-stage venture-backable companies. 


The SVB Luminary Fellowship Program expects to provide fellows access to Luminary’s extensive global community, coaching services, mentorship and business marketplace, the Luminary Collective. Fellows will also receive best-in-class thought leadership, strategy sessions and insights from our partners in Startup Banking at Silicon Valley Bank.  


Silicon Valley Bank is the financial partner of the innovation economy. The Startup Banking team features former founders, operators and investors who are passionate about supporting founders on their path to success. Silicon Valley Bank’s investor relationships span from incubators to angel groups to venture firms and beyond. 


In 2021, companies founded solely by women saw 2.3% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the US.* This partnership aims to help connect women-led startups with greater access to capital and opportunities. 


Fellows Will Receive:

- Free digital membership through Luminary

- Access to exclusive networking opportunities with SVB partners

- Monthly programming led by SVB mentors and industry experts


*“The US VC Female Founders Dashboard.” Pitchbook. August 2022. 


Luminary is an independent third party and is not affiliated with SVB Financial Group. 


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* You must be a Woman Owned or Founded Business (at least 50%).
* You must be at least 18 years of age or older to apply. 
* Only one application per business will be reviewed.

*Luminary prioritizes our Community’s health & safety. Click here to learn
how we’ve navigated new standards in our physical space in NYC due to Covid-19. 

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Shermin Lakha


Laura Mignott

CEO, DFlash
Host, The Reset

Deb Boulanger

President, The Great Do-Over Inc

Melissa Mitchner

Founder & CEO of The Bark Shoppe

Tina Yip

Director of Marketing & Culture at Berlin Cameron

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Past Winners:

The Bark Shoppe

The Bark Shoppe is New York’s premier pet care facility. Fostering great relationships between pets and their owners. Their products, services and recommendations are based on the expertise of leading pet care professionals with your pets individual needs in mind. 

Mommy matters

Saving Mothers empowers women in resource-limited settings by training their local medical providers, bringing lifesaving medical technologies to rural hospitals and clinics, and providing reproductive health education.