According to Fortune magazine Cindy Whitehead, the founder of The Pink Ceiling, a new venture capital firm, is a tireless force of nature. She’s also on the cover of the Women to Watch issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. She has also built two pharmaceutical companies and sold them for over $1.5 billion. With The Pink Ceiling, her goal is to empower women. Under Whitehead’s guidance, the company builds brands and companies and impact people’s lives in profound ways. And she’s using her insights and experience to help as many women as possible shatter the pink ceiling.
Here are 5 facts about The Pink Ceiling:
1. The company helps businesses create brand identities, commercial strategies as well as campaigns. The Pink Ceiling also helps with media awareness and many other services.
2. The Pink Ceiling also offers mentorship, straight talk and expert support for women trying to build, grow and lead their businesses through their Pinkubator program. This can help to move them to the next level.
3. It’s an all-women team that partners with companies working to overcome the challenges women face. If The Pink Ceiling is allowed to become an extension of the company, it makes investments in the company to help them bring new advances to the marketplace.
4. The company was founded in 2016 and offers seed investing, strategic consulting, operational guidance, commercial support and market strategy for startups.
5. The Pink Ceiling’s first project was working with the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Undercover Colors. Undercover Colors was started by 4 engineering students from North Carolina State University. They are involved in research and development of wearable nail technology which can help women detect if a date rape drug has been put in their drink.
Born in upstate New York, entrepreneur Cindy Whitehead’s father worked with the State Department. She grew up bouncing from New York to Washington, D.C., the Fiji Islands and Italy. She spent 22 years working as an entrepreneur and health advocate. She built and sold several pharmaceutical companies including Slate Pharmaceuticals (CrunchBase.com).
Driven by the desire to create meaningful change for women, she co-founded and was CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals. The company created Addyi, the first drug to increase women’s sexual desire to be approved by the FDA. Now with The Pink Ceiling, she encourages companies aligned with her company’s mission that needs strategic support and investment to submit a ‘pink pitch’ to her new company.