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.
Fireside Chat with Diane Hessan (4:00 – 5:00 PM)
Join Venture Café Kendall 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.
Moderator: Shelagh Braley, Editor in Chief, FounderWire
-Deb Kemper, Mng Dir., Golden Seeds
-Payal Divakaran, Principal, .406 Ventures
-Jennifer Jordan, VP, MassVentures
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.
Moderator: Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter, Boston Globe
- Donna Levin, Co-Founder, Care.com
- Nataly Kogan, CEO, Happier, Inc.
- Zoe Barry, CEO, ZappRX
- Snejina Zachria, CEO, Insurify.com
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: http://vencaf.org/book-office-hours/
Startup Demos from Female Entrepreneurs (5:30 - 8:00 PM)
Female entrepreneurs can apply to demo their products by submitting our Demo Form: http://bit.ly/vc-dt