“This is the old-boys’ network we never had,” women entrepreneurs say of their female investors

Fans of the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley know Monica Hall as the venture capitalist with the heart of gold, who helps the show's geeky protagonists go from bored programmers to startup superstars. Now life is imitating art. The actress who portrays Monica, Amanda Crew, who is from Langley, B.C., has signed up to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses through SheEO, a Canadian financing community that's now catching fire in the United States.