New partnership to help female entrepreneurs

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont has a new partnership to help female entrepreneurs.

It's called iFundWomen Vermont. It's an initiative by the crowdfunding platform specially for female-led startups and small businesses.

Every day in the U.S. almost 1,800 businesses are started by female entrepreneurs. The group says there are about 2,300 currently in Vermont.

Their goal is to get funding for early-stage ideas and are encouraging businesses to apply. Burlington-based company StrollRunner is hoping to get some of that funding. They are developing a belt for parents who run or jog while pushing a stroller.

"When you're at the stage that I am at, where you've taken a concept and are just starting to get it off the ground, there are not a lot of monetary available to do so. This is where iFundWomen has been the perfect match for me," said Heather Dalton of Strollrunner.

If chosen to participate, campaigns can start crowdfunding and get help from business coaches.

There is a pitch competition in April showcasing the top companies.