Women in Tech, Startups and Investing
Hear founders who have successfully raised funding for their ventures and to gain insights from investors, angels, and strategic investors.
-Deborah Berosini, CEO ,Ivencor
-Delfina Toncheva, Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
-Catherine Berman, Sr. Vice President, Astia
-Sarah Cone, Associate, Illuminate Ventures
-Deb Karstetter, Angels Forum
-Sharon Wienbar, Partner, Scale Venture Partners _____________________________________________
• 3:00-4:15 Panel of Investors, Tech Leaders, and Startups SPEAKERS
◦Sarah Cone, Associate, Illuminate Ventures
◦Sharon Wienbar, Partner, Scale Venture Partners
◦Catherine Berman, Sr. VIce President, ASTIA
◦Deb Karstetter, Angels Forum
◦Debra Beresini, CEO, ivencor, inc.
◦Dafina Toncheva, Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
• 4:15-5:00 Startups Pitch Panel and Hear Comments from Judges
• 5:15-6:00 Roundtable Mentors
Divide into small groups for roundtable interactive discussions with investors, mentors, and startups on issues mentioned below.
• 6:00-8:00 Networking Dinner, Drinks, and Demo Tables.
Our panel of investors, founders, and startups that raised funding will address their background, experiences, describe what they look for in potential investments, and how women can gain access to capital.
After the panel, we will feature several startups giving a pitch to the judges, followed by comments.
We wil then divide into small groups for discussion, followed by a massive networking reception.
Hear from women who are angel angel investors, VCs, sucessful startups, and corporate execs.
Here are some issues we will address in the panel and later in small group discussions:
1.What is the lifestyle? What do you sacrifice to make it all work with long work weeks?
2.What can women add to the tech industry that is different from their predominantly male counterparts?
3.What are high schools, universities and internships doing to encourage more women in STEM, technology and computer science?
4.Who are the trail blazers and risk takers?
5.Why are so few women founding tech startups or taking leadership roles at tech industry?
6.How do men and women differ in their approach to tech innovation?
7.We discuss these common perception. Which are true; which are myth; which are assets, and which should we change?
8.Are women more afraid of failure?
9.Do Investors give higher regard to technical and coding skills, than they do for sales, marketing or business development?
10.Because creating a startup is 24/7, does this create a significant conflict with raising a family?
11.Are women less likely to trust their instincts, and more often seek advice?
12.Do women spend more time helping others such as making introductions, but are reluctant to ask for enough in return or reciprocal help in business?
13.How can women benefit from networking and mentorship?
14.How to find mentors?:
15.How can educators help encourage more women in leadership roles in STEM?
16.We have a shortage on the number women graduating with the STEM major. Where are the discrepancies? How do we expose STEM educations to more girls at a very young age? How do we encourage leaders to become mentors?
Who Will Attend:
Startups, tech, venture capitalits, angels, small business owners, media and entertainment professionals, retail owners, entrepreneurs, mobile, Internet, digital media, startups, service providers, legal, financial services, banks, investors.
Register to Pitch (THESE SPOTS SELL OUT QUICKLY)
For this event only, startups must be founded by a woman, or have a woman as an equal or majority share holder. Presenters must also be women.
Startups can register to pitch for 3 to 5 minutes on relevant session; followed by 2 to 4 minutes comments from judges. The judges evaluate the pitches and investment prospects for the company. Each session consists of a one hour panel by investors and startups, and 80 minutes of venture pitch presentations for 3-5 minutes each. In order to pitch, register for DEMO PITCH item above.