FCG is a unique angel investment and mentoring organisation that predominantly invests in women-led technology startups. It is a strong advocate for the financial empowerment of women through sustained action such as education, collaboration, mentorship, grants and investments that support the growth of ideas, innovation and economic opportunities.
Started by Renata Cooper, FCG is funded by Forming Circles Fund, which encourages entrepreneurship and economic growth through intuitive investments in startups, small businesses and communities. FCG is focused on building The Founders Circle of entrepreneurs through meaningful collaborations that helps companies in their endeavor to achieve successful exits.
The organisation also supports social enterprises in finding new solutions to social, environmental and economic problems globally.
ABOUT RENATA COOPER
Renata Cooper is a visionary entrepreneur and angel investor creating opportunities for market disruptors. She is one of Australia’s foremost female angel investors helping transform innovative ideas into business realities.
She is a member of Scale Investors, muru-D mentor, and a regular industry commentator for leading media titles. Through her investment portfolio, Renata is also a non-executive director of iVvy.
Since 2011 when she launched Forming Circles as a social and ethical investment company, Renata has invested in over 100 businesses, individuals and organisations.
Forming Circles has focused on women in business, literacy and youth empowerment causes including:
A Cautionary Tail
AFI award winning anti-bullying short film and mobile app featuring the voice of Cate Blanchett
A national writing competition for teenagers that resulted in the publication of 5 books written by Australian school students
The 2013 Sydney Writers Festival
Bringing together authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction
Griffith Review - The Novella Project III Competition
Griffith Review has been at the forefront of reviving novellas in Australia. This is a competition that is open to Australian & New Zealand writers and Novella III is published with the support of Forming Circles.