Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway,5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
March 28, 2019
3:00 – 8:30 PM
ABOUT THIS EVENT
SHE Connects 2019
Save the date for Venture Cafe’s She Connects mini-conference, taking place on March 28, 2019. Our annual mini-conference will feature advice and forward-looking ideas from successful female entrepreneurs, those funding women-led ventures, and leaders behind some of the ecosystems’ well-known organizations in Boston.Click here to register!
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM KEYNOTE
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM HOW I BUILT THIS (ENTREPRENEUR PANEL)
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM DEMO
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM FLASH TALKS
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM FUNDING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS PANEL
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 – 5:00 PM)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
Appointments may be booked beginning March 7, 2019.
Thara is a veteran marketing & business development professional who has mentored and advised 75+ companies in Boston and beyond. She is a Board Member at TiE Boston, a mentor at Founder Institute, and the founder of a networking and mentoring group for female entrepreneurs, RebelWomen. Over the past three years, she has held roles at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, running programs to support alumni ventures. Prior to this, she ran a successful consulting firm that advised seed and Series A startups.
Marketing strategist with 20+ years executive leadership in marketing, branding and communication successes with high profile organizations including Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, MassChallenge, Massachusetts Governor’s Office, Massachusetts Conference for Women (MCW), NECN (owned by NBCUniversal) and Clear Channel Communications/iHeart Radio.
KEYNOTE (4:15 PM - 5:15 PM)
Dr. Susan Duffy
Dr. Susan Duffy is the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), a co-founder of the Women Innovating Now “WIN” Lab venture accelerator, and an inspired educator and advocate for gender equity as a driver of social and economic growth. Susan earned her Ph.D. from GWU, is an investor and advisor to several early-stage companies, and serves on the boards of the Tory Burch Foundation, the International Council for Small Business, and Babson’s Women in Technology Task Force.
PANEL: HOW I BUILT THIS (ENTREPRENEUR PANEL) (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
PANEL: HOW I BUILT THIS (ENTREPRENEUR PANEL) (5:30 PM – 6:30 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. This year’s panelists leveraged diverse funding strategies and will founders understand the value of multiple paths to launch.
Maria Forney, Director, Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, Oracle Corporation
Maria Forney has spent her career building new businesses, new technologies, and new business models, in both startup and enterprise structures. In her current role with the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, Maria leads global business development including partnerships with accelerators, innovation hubs, universities and community groups. She serves as a mentor with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and a Trustee at a local school in Northern California. An avid swimmer, Maria starts most mornings swimming with her U.S. Masters swim team.
Tish Scolnik, CEO of GRIT
Tish Scolnik is the CEO of GRIT, a social enterprise co-founded with other MIT students. GRIT created the Freedom Chair, all-terrain wheelchair. Tish graduated from MIT in 2010 with an SB in mechanical engineering and a minor in applied international studies. She has previously worked at the World Bank and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Aagya Mathur, CEO & Co-Founder of Aavia
From starting a volunteer service to fill a community need in high school and founding a small business to provide affordable transportation to her undergraduate classmates, to now leading Aavia to improve women’s health and wellness, Aagya is consistently bridging gaps and solving inefficiencies. Through diverse experiences, she found her passion at the intersection of healthcare, innovation, and analytics-driven insights. Mathur graduated from MIT Sloan (MBA) and the University of Virginia (Neuroscience BA & Biomedical Engineering thesis).
Julie Nashawaty, CEO & Founder of Aste
Julie Nashawaty is the Founder of Aste, a company established to verify that your online date truly is who they say they are. Aste is the only human-powered solution leading the fight against online dating fraud, committed to keeping our world safe one date at a time. When Julie isn’t out and about speaking about the dark sides of online dating, she is joining forces with like-minded companies on a mission to make the world a little safer. She has been featured on radio, news shows and various events speaking on her entrepreneurial journey.
Sophia Lin, Founder of Keel
Sophia Lin is a fintech entrepreneur with years of experiences in capital markets, investment banking, and private equity. Sophia was the Chief Investment Officer at Steinbock Financial Group, where she led the investment activities in agriculture and beverage sectors. She co-founded Keel to help people make better-informed decisions with personal investment data. She also serves as the EIR at UMass Boston and frequently speaks on fintech and entrepreneurship. Sophia Lin received an MBA from MIT and a BA from National Taiwan University.
DEMO (5:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
DEMO (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our SHE Connects event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.
Apply here: www.vencaf.org/entrepreneurapp. Complete the contact details sections and the “Showcase” section of the form for a chance to demo.
FLASH TALKS (6:00 PM - 6:45 PM)
FLASH TALKS (6:00 PM – 6:45 PM)
Are you a subject matter expert and would like to share your knowledge with female entrepreneurs? Submit your idea for a session during our SHE Connects Community Flash Talk. These sessions will be community-generated, lightning sessions comprised of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes of networking for each session.
Apply here: www.vencaf.org/entrepreneurapp. Complete your contact details and the “Flash Talk section of the form.
PANEL: FUNDING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS PANEL (6:45 PM - 7:45 PM)
PANEL: FUNDING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS PANEL (6:45 PM – 7:45 PM)
A select panel of experts in venture capital, angel investing, revenue generation, lending, and grants will share their thoughts on funding female entrepreneurship within the Boston ecosystem, as well as offer tips for navigating the challenges of fundraising for female founders.
Betty Francisco, Co-Founder Amplify Latinx
Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. Currently, Betty is the GC at Compass Working Capital where she oversees the organization’s legal affairs and national network. Betty is an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors focused on creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. She’s also co-founder of the Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino civic engagement, economic opportunity, and political representation.
Sheila Narayan, Managing Director of Golden Seeds Boston Chapter
Sheila Narayan is a Managing Director and the Leadership Chair for Golden Seeds Boston Chapter. Golden Seeds is a national angel investment organization that invests in early-stage women-led companies. Sheila leads deal flow, membership, education, and operations. She is an active early-stage investor, mentor to entrepreneurs, and advisor to several start-up companies. Sheila has spent over 20 years in the payments and financial technology industries in Executive Leadership roles.
Julianne Zimmerman, Managing Director of Reinventure Capital
For over 25 years, Julianne Zimmerman has focused on putting technology (and capital) to work for the greater good. In her current role as Managing Director with Reinventure Capital, she is raising a fund to invest in a chronically overlooked pool of entrepreneurs: people of color and women. A frequent speaker, reviewer, and judge for innovation and entrepreneurship programs in the US and abroad, she serves on the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, among others. She also teaches Innovative Social Enterprises at Tufts University.
Kate Anderson, Co-Founder and Operations Director of iFundWomen
Kate Anderson is a leader in generating change and gender equality within the private fundraising space. As co-founder and Operations Director of iFundWomen, she has driven millions of dollars into the hands of female founders. Named one of NASDAQ’s “10 Best Resources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs,” iFundWomen’s flexible crowdfunding platform combines a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for its entrepreneurs, all with the goal of helping female entrepreneurs launch success
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