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: http://www.meetup.com/The-Startup-Ladies/

Twitter: @IamAStartupLady

Cheers!

Kristen Cooper, CEO & Founder, The Startup Ladies

Upcoming events (5)

Indianapolis: Startup Study Hall Book Club with Ashley Vukovits

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/36ZWWLM TOPIC: Startup Ladies Book Club - "Educated: A Memoir" Join us for a discussion on the book Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This book tells the story of Westover's pursuit of a formal education, which begins with her survivalist upbringing in Idaho and takes her all the way to Cambridge University. Buy the book here: https://amzn.to/2K23srV AGENDA 6:00 pm - Eat, chat and find your seat 6:10 pm​ - Welcome 6:15 pm - Executive Mentor leads discussion 7:20 pm - Create 1 goal to be completed within 2 weeks - Executive Mentors will follow up with each student 7:30 pm - Wrap up and network WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Founders, investors, C-level executives ABOUT ASHLEY Ashley Vukovits utilizes 25 years of experience in finance and nearly 14 years in technology to serve on Boards, provide consulting services and invest in technology startups. Currently Ashley is consulting for Sharpen Technologies as their CFO. Prior to this, Ashley spent 14 years at Interactive Intelligence, serving as CFO and VP of Finance. During her tenure as CFO, she co-lead a successful sale in a $1.4 billion transaction to take the company private. CONNECT WITH ASHLEY LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-vukovits-95489b101 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! DIVERSITY & INCLUSION We believe that diversity and inclusivity makes 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. TICKETS Members may attend Startup Study Halls at no additional fee. The public may purchase individual tickets to Startup Study Hall at $25. Please purchase tickets for this event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-study-hall-with-ashley-vukovits-tickets-80960646473 *Tickets are non-refundable.

Virtual Mental Wellness for Business with Douglas Randell

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-mental-wellness-for-business-with-douglas-randell-tickets-110189457634 TOPIC: Systemic Inequality: Historical and Personal Perspectives Douglas Randell is Division Chief of EMS at the Plainfield Fire Territory and the second Executive Mentor of our Mental Wellness for Business series. In the first half of this session, Douglas will educate attendees on the historical facts of systemic inequalities for African Americans. He will then discuss how these inequalities have directly impacted his life. At the end of his talk, attendees will have a better understand how the macro policies and events of the past hundred plus years have impacted his and his family’s life. Once educated, attendees will understand the United States from the perception of an African-American male. This Mental Wellness for Business program has been designed for business owners and managers at every stage of their career. AGENDA 6:00 pm - Login to Zoom and introduce yourself in the chat 6:10 pm​ - Welcome and speaker introduction 6:15 pm - Executive Mentor introduces foundational material and questions 6:30 pm - Executive Mentor guides in-depth discussion 7:20 pm - Homework assignment! 7:30 pm - Networking 8:00 pm - Wrap up WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Founders, new startup members, early stage startups ABOUT DOUGLAS Douglas is currently Division Chief of EMS at the Plainfield Fire Territory in Plainfield, IN. He also is actively serving as the EMS Section Chair of the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association. He successfully landed this job in 2016 after acquiring his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Harris-Stowe State University and after working 20 years at the City of St. Louis Fire Department, most of the time spent as an EMS Training Officer of over 800 Paramedics, EMTs, and Firefighters. He has been a Nationally Registered Paramedic since 2009. CONNECT WITH DOUGLAS LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-randell-7ba69a45/ 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! DIVERSITY & INCLUSION We believe that diversity and inclusivity makes 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. TICKETS This program is FREE and opened to the public. We ask that if you reserve a virtual seat - you attend. Once you are registered, you will be sent a calendar link with a Zoom link. Please reserve your virtual seats for this event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-mental-wellness-for-business-with-douglas-randell-tickets-110189457634

Summer Book Club with Arlan Hamilton

Online event

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-book-club-with-arlan-hamilton-tickets-108254333626 TOPIC: "It's About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated Into Your Greatest Advantage" Join us for a discussion of the book "It's About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated Into Your Greatest Advantage" with the author, Arlan Hamilton. In 2015, Arlan Hamilton was on food stamps and sleeping on the floor of the San Francisco airport, with nothing but an old laptop and a dream of breaking into the venture capital business. Today, she is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. In this Book Club, she will discuss her journey and the many bits of wisdom she gathered along the way, like "The Best Music Comes from the Worst Breakups," "Let Someone Shorter Stand in Front of You," "The Dangers of Hustle Porn," and "Don’t Let Anyone Drink Your Diet Coke." Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with Arlan and ask any questions about her book they may have. Buy the book here: https://bookshop.org/books/it-s-about-damn-time-how-to-turn-being-underestimated-into-your-greatest-advantage/9780593136416 AGENDA 6:00 pm - Welcome and check in with everyone 6:10 pm​ - Speaker introduction 6:15 pm - Executive Mentor leads discussion 7:30 pm - Networking 8:00 pm - Wrap up WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Founders, investors, small businesses, non-profit leaders, solopreneurs ABOUT ARLAN Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018 Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio which launched four accelerator programs for underestimated founders in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London. Arlan was featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine in October 2018 as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so, and her new book "It's About Damn Time" was published on Penguin Random House's business imprint Currency on May 5, 2020. CONNECT WITH ARLAN Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArlanWasHere LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arlanhamilton/ 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! DIVERSITY & INCLUSION We believe that diversity and inclusivity makes 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. TICKETS Members may attend Startup Study Halls at no additional fee. The public may purchase individual tickets to Startup Study Hall at $25. Please purchase tickets for this event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-book-club-with-arlan-hamilton-tickets-108254333626 *Tickets are non-refundable.

Indianapolis: Startup Study Hall with Rebecca Bormann

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2TCytZ9 CLOSING WITH CONFIDENCE The Startup Ladies welcome EVERYONE! At this Startup Study Hall, Rebecca will discuss effective strategies for closing sales. She will help you determine what closing language is the best fit for you. AGENDA 6:00 pm - Eat, chat and find your seat 6:10 pm​ - Welcome 6:15 pm - Executive Mentor leads discussion 7:20 pm - Create 1 goal to be completed within 2 weeks - Executive Mentor will follow up with each student 7:30 pm - Wrap up and networking WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Founders, new startup members, early stage startups ABOUT REBECCA Rebecca Bormann is the Managing Director of Sales & Services at Bell Techlogix, a leading IT managed services provider, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. Bell Techlogix is focused on providing Next Generation Digital Workplace and Infrastructure Management solutions for mid-market, enterprise and government organizations. Over the past 4 years at Bell Techlogix, Rebecca has lead efforts responsible for generating nearly $50 million in revenue. CONNECT WITH REBECCA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-b-6275774/ 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! DIVERSITY & INCLUSION We believe that diversity and inclusivity makes 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. TICKETS Members may attend Startup Study Halls at no additional fee. The public may purchase individual tickets to Startup Study Hall at $25. Please purchase tickets for this event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-study-hall-with-rebecca-bormann-tickets-80957615407 *Tickets are non-refundable.

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