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Encourage Venture Capital Investment in Women Owned Business

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1871, a technology and entrepreneurship incubator

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

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Chicago, IL 60654

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Women Impacting Public Policy, in partnership with the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office, Women's Business Development Center, and 1871, would like to invite you to join us for a discussion and networking event focused on the relationship between venture capital and women business owners—particularly exploring:

  • How to encourage venture capital investment in women

  • The process of lending for SBICs

  • How women business owners can approach venture capitalists

This topic is particularly timely because women business owners are facing a crisis in capital. Women entrepreneurs make up 36% of all businesses in the country and their ranks are growing at four times the rate of their male-owned counterparts, but they face unique hurdles, particularly when it comes to accessing capital. Women ask for less funding to start or grow their businesses and they receive only 4% of all commercial loan dollars. And, significant to our panel discussion, less than 10% of all venture capital funding goes to companies run by women. There are a limited number of women fund managers and a study from the Diana Project found that venture capital firms with women partners are three times more likely to invest in companies with women CEOs. We feel there needs to be an “Emerging Managers” track in the SBIC program to foster female fund managers, who in turn would increase the VC opportunities for women-owned firms.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Treasurer Kurt Summers, City of Chicago

  • Jane Campbell, President, WIPP; Director, Washington Office, National Development Council (NDC); and Former Mayor, City of Cleveland, OH

  • Emilia DiMenco, President & Chief Executive Officer, Women's Business Development Center

  • Carolyn Galiette, President and Chief Investment Officer, Ironwood Capital and Chair-Elect, Small Business Investor Alliance

  • Samara Mejia Hernandez, Senior Associate, Math Venture Partners

  • Kaitlin H. Reimann, Co-Founder, uBack

  • Cayla Weisberg, Partner, InvestHER Ventures

This program is proudly supported by Comcast.


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