Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh. A political independent, she is the second female mayor in Raleigh’s history. Prior to running for mayor, she was a pharmacist, owned her own business, and was a city councilwoman.
Mayor McFarlane partnered with iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform that supports female led small business and startups, to help encourage innovation in Raleigh. “Raleigh is a leading center for entrepreneurship and innovation. iFundWomen Raleigh is an exciting partnership that will continue to fuel the capital city’s entrepreneurial spirit and provide funding for emerging women-led businesses in our region. As a business owner, I understand how difficult it is to raise money, fund operations and get a business off the ground. This platform addresses these challenges and is a much-needed resource that not only grants local entrepreneurs access to capital, but it also helps residents discover and invest in businesses in our own backyard.”
City of Raleigh, Photograph via IndyWeek