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Café Night at Kendall – Female Founders: Making Boston the Best City for Female Founders

March 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


What will it take to have Boston ranked #1 for Female Founders?

Boston is named the second-best city in the world for female founders representing 29% of all founders according to Compass. Join us for an evening to discuss, connect and celebrate female entrepreneurship in Boston. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome.


Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan @ Venture Café Cambridge

Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan – Entrepreneur, Marketer and Author

Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

Join Venture Café Cambridge Director, Chandra Briggman, as she conducts a Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan on the ups and downs of her journey and her thoughts on increasing entrepreneurship among the women of the Greater Boston area. Diane is a successful entrepreneur, marketer, and author. She is currently working on a variety of projects in the Boston tech ecosystem and in the political realm, and she is also an active angel investor. Formerly CEO of Startup Institute (SI), Diane helped build the company into a force for building great talent in the innovation economy. Since its inception, nearly 1500 students have gone through Startup Institute programs, in Boston, New York, London, Chicago & Berlin.


Funding Women Entrepreneurship (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

Female investors will share their thoughts on strengthening the female entrepreneurship within the Boston ecosystem, as well as offer tips for navigating the challenges of fund-raising.

Shelagh Braley, Editor in Chief, FounderWire

Shelagh Braley

Deb Kemper

Payal Divakaran

Jennifer Jordan

Editor, FoundersWire  Mng Dir., Golden Seeds  Principal, .406 Ventures  VP, MassVentures


TCN Upstart Roundtable with Courtney Scrubbs, Founder of DAWA Investment Club (6:30 – 7:30 PM)

Come here about Courtney Scrubbs’ journey launching the DAWA Investment club and how it helps its members pool investments in public company stock as partners. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome!

Courtney Scrubbs, CEO, DAWA Investment

How I Built It: Success Stories from Female Founders (6:45 – 7:45 PM)

A few of the area’s rising female stars will share their latest success milestones as well as how they got started, failures along the way and strategies that helped their companies grow. Participants include:

Janelle Nanos, Boston Globe

Janelle Nanos

Donna Levin

Donna Levin

Nataly Kogan, Happier, Inc.

Nataly Kogan

Zoe Barry, ZappRX

Zoe Barry

Snejina Zachria,

Snejina Zachria

Reporter, Boston Globe Co-Founder, CEO, Happier, Inc. CEO, ZappRX CEO,


Office Hours (3:00 – 5:00 PM)

Entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs can book 30-minute appointments to obtain advice from experts. Click here to book an appointment:


Startup Demos (5:30-7:30 PM)

We have selected awesome female-founded startups to demo during the event. Drop by to see a selection of exciting products in the Boston startup pipeline.

Startup Demos


Connect with the best of the Boston ecosystem.



March 2, 2017
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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