What we're about

The Startup Ladies is a membership organization that identifies, educates, connects, and increases investment in women entrepreneurs starting up and scaling businesses.

• We identify new entrepreneurs by building relationships with key business leaders throughout the country committed to elevating women of every age and background while providing a safe space for entrepreneurs and investors to learn and connect.

• We educate first-time founders through "Startup Study Halls" and first-time funders through "Startup Investing 101" programming.

• We create community through our Meetups which allow attendees to connect with experienced executives and fellow budding entrepreneurs.

• We increase investment in women-owned companies by hosting pitch events, educating new investors, and making connections between founders and angel investors.

• We believe that diversity is a competitive advantage. Anyone (men included) who has a passion for startups and investing is invited to become a member and participate in our programs and events.

​Keep up with us on all of our social media platforms:

Website: www.TheStartupLadies.org (http://www.thelaunchladies.org/)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStartupLadies/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/24598877/ (http://bit.ly/1ODO9D5)

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/The-Startup-Ladies/

Twitter: @IamAStartupLady

Cheers!

Kristen Cooper, CEO & Founder, The Startup Ladies

Upcoming events (4)

Startup Investing 101 with John Millspaugh

Online event

*PLEASE NOTE: We use Meetup to advertise our events. Members may attend at no additional charge, however registration is required. This event is for MEMBERS + special guests ONLY. If you would like to learn about attending this event, email: [masked].

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-startup-investing-101-with-john-millspaugh-tickets-129055026057

Legal Basics for Startup Investing:
A discussion about typical legal documents and issues in startup investing.

VIRTUAL Startup Investing 101
Startup Investing 101 is an educational program for individuals who have the financial capacity to invest $5,000+ in a startup at the pre-seed or seed stage.

Each month, attendees learn something new about startup investing, meet fellow funders and founders, listen to pitches, and have the opportunity to invest directly into a startup.

The Startup Ladies is a leader in helping founders secure PRE-SEED funding. Pre-seed money is the first “round” of funding typically sourced from friends, family, accelerators and some angel investors. Pre-seed money allows the founder and her team to achieve defined benchmarks. Examples of key milestones and expenses include hiring key staff, developing and testing a product or service, gaining traction by accruing emails and followers and/or acquiring customers. Reaching the milestones helps the founder secure additional funding in later rounds so the company can continue to scale.

Unless a founder is independently wealthy, she can operate for only a limited time with her own savings. Securing pre-seed capital is extremely difficult for founders without access to networks of affluent people conditioned to write checks for risky ventures. This problem is even greater for entrepreneurs who are women.

In 2019, women received less than 3% of the $136.5 billion invested into U.S. startups, despite the fact that their companies yielded higher ROIs than their male counterparts.

AGENDA
​12:00 pm - Welcome
12:05 pm - Presentation
12:45 pm - Pitches from Startup Ladies members and Q&A
1:30 pm - Wrap up

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Founders, investors, small businesses, non-profit leaders

BIO OF JOHN MILLSPAUGH
John Millspaugh is a partner in the Business Services Group. His practice is focused on complex transactional matters such as mergers and acquisitions; venture capital, private equity, debt and other financing transactions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; product development and supply agreements; antitrust matters; and other general corporate and contract matters for national and international corporations. He regularly provides business and finance counsel, in addition to legal counsel, to entrepreneurial businesses ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

John also has experience representing clients in federal regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has significant experience in domestic and cross-border deals, and is skilled in structuring transactions, supervising deal teams, drafting agreements and negotiating effectively while maintaining collegiality. He has assisted clients with women-owned and minority-owned businesses (MBE/WBEs) certifications, as well as Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certification.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY
We believe that diversity and inclusivity make our startup culture more fun, experienced, and intellectually stimulating. Anyone (including men) are invited to participate in ALL Startup Ladies educational programming, events, and membership.

The Startup Ladies strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of inclusiveness and respect. In the event of a violation of these standards, we reserve the right to ask you to leave an event or to terminate your membership.

VIRTUAL Book Club

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*PLEASE NOTE: We use Meetup to advertise our events. Members may attend at no additional charge, however registration is required. Non-member tickets cost $35. Register and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-book-club-tickets-133247860939

TOPIC: Startup Ladies Book Club - Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir
Join us for a discussion of the book "Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir." The first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company looks back at her life and her career at Xerox, sharing unique insights on American business and corporate life, the workers she has always valued, racial and economic justice, how greed is threatening democracy, and the obstacles she’s conquered being Black and a woman.

“I am a black woman, I do not play golf, I do not belong to or go to country clubs, I do not like NASCAR, I do not listen to country music, and I have a masters degree in engineering. I, like a typical New Yorker, speak very fast, with an accent and vernacular that is definitely New York City, definitely Black. So when someone says I’m going to introduce you to the next CEO of Xerox, and the options are lined up against a wall, I would be the first one voted off the island.”

In 2009, when she was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Xerox Corporation, Ursula Burns shattered the glass ceiling and made headlines. But the media missed the real story, she insists. “It should have been ‘how did this happen? How did Xerox Corporation produce the first African American woman CEO?’ Not this spectacular story titled, “Oh, my God, a Black woman making it.”

In this smart, no-nonsense book, part memoir and part cultural critique, Burns writes movingly about her journey from tenement housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to the highest echelons of the corporate world.

Burns writes about overcoming the barriers she faced, as well as the challenges and realities of the corporate world. Her classmates and colleagues—almost all white males—“couldn’t comprehend how a Black girl could be as smart, and in some cases, smarter than they were. They made a developed category for me. Unique. Amazing. Spectacular. That way they could accept me.” Her thirty-five-year career at Xerox was all about fixing things, from cutting millions to save the company from bankruptcy to a daring $6 billion acquisition to secure its future. Ursula also worked closely with President Barack Obama as a lead on his STEM initiative and Chair of his Export council, where she traveled with him on an official trade mission to Cuba, and became one of his greatest admirers.

Empathetic and dedicated, idealistic and pragmatic, Ursula demonstrates that, no matter your circumstances, hard work, grit and a bit of help along the way can change your life—and the world.

AGENDA
6:00 pm - Guests arrive and introduce themselves
6:15 pm - Welcome and author introduction
6:20 pm - Presentation / Book discussion
7:25 pm - Homework assignment
7:30 pm - Q&A with author and socializing
8:00 pm - Wrap up!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Founders, investors, small businesses, non-profit leaders, solopreneurs

LET US INTRODUCE YOU!
Post your photos, quotes, and learnings using #StartupStudyHall
Tag us at @IamAStartupLady
We’ll re-post your posts and all of our followers get to see you and your company!

PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE.

https://www.amazon.com/Where-You-Are-Not-Who/dp/0062879294/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ursula&qid=1624315336&s=books&sr=1-1

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We believe that diversity and inclusivity make our startup culture more fun, experienced, and intellectually stimulating. Anyone (including men) are invited to participate in ALL Startup Ladies educational programming, events, and membership.

The Startup Ladies strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of inclusiveness and respect. In the event of a violation of these standards, we reserve the right to ask you to leave an event or to terminate your membership.

Startup Investing 101 with David Gray

Online event

*PLEASE NOTE: We use Meetup to advertise our events. This event is FREE for MEMBERS + special guests ONLY. If you would like to learn about attending this event, email: [masked].

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-investing-101-with-david-gray-tickets-180105970807

Starting a Business: Pros, Cons, and Tax Implications of Entity Selection:
A discussion on various legal entity types available to entrepreneurs starting a business, the benefits for choosing each, and the related tax consequences.

VIRTUAL Startup Investing 101
Startup Investing 101 is an educational program for individuals who have the financial capacity to invest $5,000+ in a startup at the pre-seed or seed stage.

Each month, attendees learn something new about startup investing, meet fellow funders and founders, listen to pitches, and have the opportunity to invest directly into a startup.

The Startup Ladies is a leader in helping founders secure PRE-SEED funding. Pre-seed money is the first “round” of funding typically sourced from friends, family, accelerators and some angel investors. Pre-seed money allows the founder and her team to achieve defined benchmarks. Examples of key milestones and expenses include hiring key staff, developing and testing a product or service, gaining traction by accruing emails and followers and/or acquiring customers. Reaching the milestones helps the founder secure additional funding in later rounds so the company can continue to scale.

Unless a founder is independently wealthy, she can operate for only a limited time with her own savings. Securing pre-seed capital is extremely difficult for founders without access to networks of affluent people conditioned to write checks for risky ventures. This problem is even greater for entrepreneurs who are women.

In 2019, women received less than 3% of the $136.5 billion invested into U.S. startups, despite the fact that their companies yielded higher ROIs than their male counterparts.

To read more about how PRE-SEED funding helps women succeed click here.

AGENDA
​12:00 pm - Welcome
12:05 pm - Presentation
12:45 pm - Pitches from Startup Ladies members and Q&A
1:30 pm - Wrap up

BIO OF DAVID GRAY
David Gray is a Senior Manager with twelve years of experience in the public accounting industry. David leads EY’s Indianapolis Indirect Tax practice where he serves as a Service Line Leader responsible for delivering all Indirect Tax service lines to EY’s Indianapolis-based clients.

While David’s main areas of experience are in state income tax and sales and use taxes, David has also worked extensively with credits and incentives, VAT, property taxes, employment taxes, and other indirect taxes. David harnesses the global network of EY, and delivers that network to our clients through overall project management and leading client relationships.

Areas of Expertise

- Income tax and sales tax-driven structuring

- Income tax and sales tax controversy including audit defense, hearing representation, and negotiated settlements

- Multi-state income tax and sales tax refund reviews for clients

- ASC 740; ASC 450

- Sales tax automation and compliance implementation, and robotics process automation

David is a member of the Indiana Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Indiana. David received a BBA in Accounting from University of West Georgia

DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY
We believe that diversity and inclusivity make our startup culture more fun, experienced, and intellectually stimulating. Anyone (including men) are invited to participate in ALL Startup Ladies educational programming, events, and membership.

The Startup Ladies strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of inclusiveness and respect. In the event of a violation of these standards, we reserve the right to ask you to leave an event or to terminate your membership.

Startup Investing 101 with Samaar Haider

Online event

*PLEASE NOTE: We use Meetup to advertise our events. Members may attend at no additional charge, however registration is required. This event is for MEMBERS + special guests ONLY. If you would like to learn about attending this event, email: [masked].

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/129057549605

OVERVIEW OF LATE-STAGE VC & GROWTH EQUITY: SERIES B & BEYOND
Samaar will explain how raising capital from institutional investors works from Series B and onward as your business grows. He'll discuss what the process looks like, what kinds of investors are out there, what investors are looking for, and how this all changes over the course of a startup's lifetime and growth plan.

VIRTUAL STARTUP INVESTING 101
Startup Investing 101 is an educational program for individuals who have the financial capacity to invest $5,000+ in a startup at the pre-seed or seed stage.

Each month, attendees learn something new about startup investing, meet fellow funders and founders, listen to pitches, and have the opportunity to invest directly into a startup.

The Startup Ladies is a leader in helping founders secure PRE-SEED funding. Pre-seed money is the first “round” of funding typically sourced from friends, family, accelerators and some angel investors. Pre-seed money allows the founder and her team to achieve defined benchmarks. Examples of key milestones and expenses include hiring key staff, developing and testing a product or service, gaining traction by accruing emails and followers and/or acquiring customers. Reaching the milestones helps the founder secure additional funding in later rounds so the company can continue to scale.

Unless a founder is independently wealthy, she can operate for only a limited time with her own savings. Securing pre-seed capital is extremely difficult for founders without access to networks of affluent people conditioned to write checks for risky ventures. This problem is even greater for entrepreneurs who are women.

In 2019, women received less than 3% of the $136.5 billion invested into U.S. startups, despite the fact that their companies yielded higher ROIs than their male counterparts.

AGENDA
​12:00 pm - Welcome
12:05 pm - Presentation
12:45 pm - Pitches from Startup Ladies members and Q&A
1:30 pm - Wrap up

BIO OF SAMAAR HAIDER
Samaar Haider is the Director of M&A at Sylva, a startup company currently in stealth mode focused on building online communities. Prior to Sylva, Samaar spent four years at CPP Investments, a ~$400 billion investment fund where he worked on the Thematic Investing team and focused on late-stage venture capital and growth equity investments across enterprise software, autotech, and eCommerce. He helped lead deals in companies such as Uber, Waymo, Snowflake, ChargePoint, Lulu’s Fashion Lounge, Fabric, Netskope, and many more.

Prior to CPP investments, Samaar worked in private equity at Onex Partners, a $46 billion Toronto-based private equity firm, and in investment banking at BMO Capital Markets. Samaar holds an Honors Business Administration degree (with Distinction, Ivey Scholar) from the Ivey Business School at Western University in Ontario, Canada. Samaar grew up in Alberta, Canada (close to the Canadian Rockies) and is an avid skier and hiker.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY
We believe that diversity and inclusivity make our startup culture more fun, experienced, and intellectually stimulating. Anyone (including men) are invited to participate in ALL Startup Ladies educational programming, events, and membership.

The Startup Ladies strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of inclusiveness and respect. In the event of a violation of these standards, we reserve the right to ask you to leave an event or to terminate your membership.

Past events (143)

VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN Headband Party

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