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Beyond the Fast Pitch: The Road to Funding

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California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI at UCLA)

570 Westwood Plaza

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Join WFN for our 2019 launch event!

Come learn what it takes to become pitch ready to scale your business. ⁣Network with other female founders, investors, alumni of recent WFN Fast Pitch events, Board Members and much more. Meet the alumni of recent WFN Fast Pitch events and hear their journeys including:

  • Milestones
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Lessons learned
  • How they got funding

Moderator:
TRACY GRAY, Founder and Managing Partner, The 22 Fund

Panel:
CATHERINE GEANURACOS, CEO & Co-Founder, CityGrows
JENNIFER SAXTON, Founder & CEO, Tot Squad
SASHEE CHANDRAN, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
LOUISE-MARIE MARGUET, CEO, EmoJam

Agenda:
6:00-6:30 - Check-in / Networking Reception
6:30-6:45 - Opening Remarks (Darya Allen-Attar, WFN)
6:45-7:45 - Fast Pitch Alumni Panel
7:45-8:00 - Q&A / Closing Remarks

Appetizers, wine and beverages will be served.

Location:
California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7227

Directions and Parking:
Parking is $12. Directions will be emailed to attendees prior to the event (see map below).


This event is generously hosted by:

CNSI at UCLA


OPENING REMARKS:

DARYA ALLEN-ATTAR, CEO, Women Founders Network

Darya Allen-Attar

Darya Allen-Attar is passionate about the advancement of women. In 2013, Darya recruited several colleagues to form Women Founders Network (WFN), a virtual accelerator that connects women building high-growth businesses with the tools and resources they need to achieve success. Our goal is to dramatically increasing the number of venture-funded women-led companies. To date, we’ve directly invested and awarded over $1.3M in cash and services and our Fast Pitch companies have raised more than $45M in funding. Subsequently, Darya founded the nonprofit Women Founders Foundation (WFF) in 2017, with a mission of educating women and girls about entrepreneurship. WFF hopes to inspire the next generation of women founders and investors.

Darya has been recognized for her community service in California, by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a leading woman “Making a Difference” in Los Angeles, Rising Star Category, LABJ 2013. She was also recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in California” by California Women Lead (November, 2016) for her community work and the advancement of women. Darya serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for the California Community Foundation. She also serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles Westside YMCA and the Los Angeles Chapter of Advisors in Philanthropy (LA-AiP). Darya earned her BA from Kalamazoo College, Certificate in Accounting from Northwestern University, and her MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

MODERATOR:

TRACY GRAY, Founder & Managing Partner, The 22 Fund

Tracy Gray
Ms. Gray is the Founder & Managing Partner of The 22 Fund, an impact, growth venture capital firm with a job creation mission and investment strategy to increase the export capacity of Southern California manufacturing companies, targeting women- and minority-owned businesses. She is also an Executive in Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and chairs LACI’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. In addition, Ms. Gray is the founder of the non-profit We Are Enough (WAE). WAE’s only mission is to educate ALL women on how and why to invest in women-owned, for-profit businesses or with a “gender lens.” Ms. Gray was named one of the 50 “Women of Influence” in business in Los Angeles and is featured in the recently released book “200 Hundred Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World” and the Robb Report article “Tracy Gray Invests in Women.”

Ms. Gray was formerly Senior Advisor to the LA Mayor, an investment professional at Zone Ventures and a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Ms. Gray holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from the UC Santa Barbara and dual MBAs from Columbia University and UC, Berkeley.

PANELISTS:

CATHERINE GEANURACOS, CEO & Co-Founder, CityGrows

Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine is the co-founder and CEO of CityGrows, a government workflow management software company. Prior to CityGrows, she developed extensive experience in digital marketing, community engagement, and civic technology. She launched and managed a social impact marketing agency for many years, has served as a Commissioner for Innovation for the City of Los Angeles, and has consulted for multiple public and private sector clients including Saban Brands, the City of West Hollywood, and IKEA. She is the co-founder of Hack for LA, and is on the board of CicLAvia and Silver Lake forward. Her undergraduate degree is from Columbia University and her Master's from UC Berkeley.


JENNIFER SAXTON, Founder & CEO, Tot Squad

Jennifer Saxton

Jennifer Saxton is the Founder & CEO of Tot Squad, a baby gear service marketplace whose mission is to improve car seat safety and provide convenience and peace of mind to busy parents. Tot Squad provides car seat safety education, baby gear cleaning, and stroller repairs with service centers inside buybuy BABY stores in 10 cities and installation services sold through Amazon.com. Credited by The New York Times as having created a new industry, Tot Squad has raised ~$2.5M with its “juggernaut aspirations” to transform the baby world. Jen's work with Tot Squad has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, INC Magazine, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Forbes, among others.

Jen received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, her BS in Math at Duke University and has been a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2009. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Kern Saxton, and their daughter Charlotte.


SASHEE CHANDRAN, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops

Sashee Chandran
Founded in 2015 by Sashee Chandran, Tea Drops is a woman and minority owned, innovative tea company with a mission to inspire human connection through tea. Based in Los Angeles, Tea Drops ethically sources all of their organic teas, and sheds about 20% less waste than traditional tea bag packaging. Tea Drops has become a favorite among new and experienced tea drinkers alike, launching innovative tea experiences that merge flavorful blends, food art, and edgy design. A favorite of Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, Tea Drops are also loved by Oprah Magazine, Forbes, and the Tory Burch Foundation.


LOUISE-MARIE MARGUET, CEO, EmoJam

LOUISE-MARIE MARGUET

Louise-Marie “LouMa” Marguet is the founder and CEO of EmoJam, a messaging marketing solution that helps artists, labels and managers to distribute and promote music in messaging apps through rich visual messaging. It’s like GIPHY with premium, original and music content. EmoJam offers the most expressive language for messaging users and fans.

LouMa developed her passion for finding new ways to bring artists and fans closer from her past experience at UMG UK where she served the eCRM department. LouMa got her start in the music business in New York at Atlantic Records before joining Republic Records and Island Def Jam. LouMa has a MA in Marketing & Strategy with honors from Paris-Dauphine University.

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