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Thrive Lab for Women

Thrive Venture Fund for Women

We believe supporting women-led businesses who seek to create positive social outcomes will bring meaningful change and positive returns. We are equally committed to building a community of investment partners who share our belief to increase access to investment capital for women changemakers. Working with like-minded partners, we will mainly invest in promising impact-driven, women-led companies pursuing growth.

Be the change

Together with partners, the Thrive Lab will provide $100 million in equity and equity-like investments to women-led businesses. These companies seek to make an impact that is tied to the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as food security and responsible agriculture, health and well-being, education, reduced inequalities, and responsible consumption and production.

Who the Lab is for

  • Impact-driven companies that aim to prioritize social factors and financial returns
  • Initial focus on businesses at their earliest stage of development – in any sector

How the Lab works

Working with our partners, we will innovate, experiment, and adapt to expand the capital available in the marketplace for women-led businesses making a difference.

We are looking for partners

  • Who will co-invest with BDC or provide sweat equity alongside our capital
  • Have a proven track record of supporting women entrepreneurs
  • Who are accelerators, incubators, accredited angel groups, family offices, or government organizations

We are looking for women-led businesses

  • Who will work together with BDC and our partners
  • Who will achieve their social impact objectives while generating a financial return

Let’s talk

Are you an investment partner or a woman entrepreneur interested in joining our Lab?

Driving social change, one business at a time

Through our Lab, we aim to support partners and clients with like-minded objectives


We invest with partners to increase our collective reach


We work with women-led entrepreneurs to help them achieve sustainable growth


We see the big picture, and will continue to increase capital for businesses aiming to achieve a double bottom line

Our team

Sévrine Labelle

Managing Director

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Anne-Marie Christoffersen-Deb


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Anna Ciprick


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July 12, 2023

BDC’s one-of-a-kind $100M Thrive Lab launches first $35M co-investment phase with call for partners, aims to propel women-led social impact businesses

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