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How SmartGurlz got featured "Shark Tank" and accepted an offer from Daymond John


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Join us for Chinese food dinner and come listen to the incredible story of Sharmi Albrechtsen, Cofounder and CEO of SmartGurlz, a Silicon Valley company that last year beat 40,000 other applicants and got featured on the famous ABC TV show “Shark Tank”.

SmartGurlz showed its amazing coding robots on national TV to Richard Branson, Marc Cuban, Robert Herjavic, and other sharks, then accepted a $200,000 offer from celebrity shark Daymond John.

SmartGurlz also raised $700,000+ through crowdfunding and from several angel investors.

If you want to learn how to get featured on Shark Tank and raise money from investors, don’t miss an opportunity to meet Sharmi and ask her questions.

SmartGurlz is an EdTech platform that manufactures friendly self-balancing robots and action dolls that teaches girls how to code. Connected via smartphone or tablet, SmartGurlz allows girls 6 and up to immerse themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

SmartGurlz was launched in 2016 and raised over $1M in funding to date. It also has made over $1.5M in revenue and entered into a partnership with Pitsco, one of the largest education products distributor in the world.

You can buy SmartGurlz toys on Amazon but also at big box retailers like Walmart and others.

SmartGurlz is also working with organizations such as Black Girls Code and Girl Scouts of America.

The Chief Creative Officer of SmartGurlz is Kari Byron, TV personality known for her participation on the top- rated TV show “Mythbusters”.

Besides Shark Tank, SmartGurlz has been featured in many TV shows and publications, including The Huffington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, BBC, CNet, CNN, NBC, Home Business, TechCrunch, CBS, TheNextWeb, Washington Business Journal, Fox Business, etc.



Sharmi Albrechtsen has over 20 years of experience in STEM focused co-creation and learning platforms.

Prior to launching SmartGurlz, Sharmi was the Associate Director of Ida Institute, an organization co-creating consumer education materials for children and adults with hearing loss.

She was also head of communications at major pharmaceutical companies - Ferring Pharmaceuticals, ALK Abello and Sonion - where again, she and her team created consumer education materials for children and adults who suffered from nocturia, infertility, allergy and asthma.



6:00pm - 6:45pm – Networking reception

6:45pm - 7:00pm – Introductions, sponsor tables mentions

7:00pm - 8:00pm – Speaker program

8:00pm - 8:30pm – General networking



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- promotion in front of all attendees and speakers

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