Spreading the Wealth: Getting Venture Capital to Women Entrepreneurs
Friday, September 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Women’s entrepreneurship has seen remarkable growth in the last decade. Women are starting, growing, and scaling businesses; they are innovating, filling market gaps and creating jobs. Women business owners impact on the economy and their communities is undeniable. Economic theory suggests that the market should respond and support these women and their business pursuits, yet reality is telling a different story.
Women continue to lack access to the crucial assets they need to launch and scale their businesses. Per Council research, women in high-growth industries are starting with 6 times less capital than men. The venture capital landscape more bleak: according to a recent study out of Stanford, women-led enterprises only receive 4.2% of venture capital. Perhaps that is less shocking when you also consider that only 4% of women work in the upper echelons of venture capital firms.
On September 11th, 2015 at 2pm EST, the National Women’s Business Council is hosting a public meeting and panel to discuss women’s access to capital, and the importance of venture capital for women-owned and led firms. The panel discussion will cover policy proposals to close the gender gap - such as closing the carried interest loophole. We will also discuss how to get more women into venture capital and how to get more venture capital to women-owned and led enterprises.
Confirmed panelists include:
- Carla Harris, Chair of the National Women’s Business Council (Moderator)
- Jules Pieri, co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013
- Julia Pimsleur, CEO of Little Pim, founder of Double Digit Academy, a bootcamp training for women planning to raise venture capital or an angel round of $500k+, and author of Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big
- Jeanne M. Sullivan is an advisor, speaker, investor and connector and the co-Founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC
- Trish Costello is the Founder and CEO of Portfolia, a collaborative equity investing platform. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering work in educating and preparing venture capital investment partners, through the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program
This panel will follow updates from the Council about our recent research and activities.Other panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.
This online event will be held via webinar.
To login to the webinar, go to this link: http://emsp.intellor.com/login/421420, as early as 1:50pm tomorrow. After you’ve connected your computer, audio connection instructions will be presented.
To connect by phone, please dial: 1-888-621-9649 and use Access ID: 421420# to join the webinar. The program will begin promptly at 2pm.
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The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Congress, and the White House on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs.