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Girls Innovate! Intro to Startup Series: Part I - Business Planning

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 12:45 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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free & open to girls ages 12+

 Request a single workshop ticket here
Request a series ticket here.

Sign up to be a mentor! (for grown-ups who want to attend + help out)

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featuring guest speakers

Rekha Pai Kamath, Juniper Networks
Julie Won, Hanson & Doremus
Aaref Hilaly, Sequoia Capital 

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The series include 3 workshops that will introduce girls to basic business, finance and pitch concepts and culminate in a live pitch event, where girls get a chance to practice their pitches in front of an investor/VC and compete for a small prize.

You may join for one workshop or the entire series (all four events). Registration for the series will occur until February 15, 2014 only.

Request a single workshop ticket here
Request a series ticket here.
Sign up to be a mentor! (for grown-ups who want to attend + help out)





Our workshops are light on lectures (materials are shared ahead of time in a flipped-learning kind of way) and heavy on learning in the moment; collaborating with others; thinking on the spot; and presenting in front a group for immediate feedback.

Workshop instructors are individuals highly expert in their fields who generously agreed to volunteer their time. They care deeply about engaging girls with important 21st century learnings relevant for future leadership and impact. We are extremely fortunate to have them.

Events are all on Sunday afternoons, 1-4pm, in Menlo Park.

I. February 23, 2014
Business Planning Basics.
Guest Speaker: Rekha Pai, Juniper Networks

II. March 9, 2014
Startup Finance Basics.
Guest Speaker: Julie Won, Hanson & Doremus

III. March 23, 2014
Pitch Basics.
Guest Speaker: Aaref Hilaly, Sequoia Capital

May 4, 2014
Guest Speaker: TBA



Workshops are free and open to all girls ages 12+. Capacity is very limited. You must register in advance.

Registration for each workshop will open 2 weeks prior to the respective workshop. You may register for one or all, as space permits. The only time you can register for all four (including the Live Pitch Event) is from February 11 through February 15. After that, you can register for each as it opens up for registration.

To sign up, please submit one of the inquiry forms below. Upon receipt, we will review and, if approved, send you a link to register via Eventbrite. Registration is not final until you receive an Eventbrite Order Confirmation.

  • Registration for Single Events: We are looking for sincere interest in the workshops. You do not need to have a business idea at this time, but you must be committed to attending if your registration is approved. For the Live Pitch Event, a pitch may be required to attend depending on interest and availability. Right now, the Business Planning Workshop is open for registration.
  • Registration for Series: For those interested in registering in advance for all 4 events, you will be asked to provide a brief, general description of the idea you're thinking of pitching. The idea can be a business or social venture. Registration for series is open through February 15, 2014; however, it may close earlier if event becomes full.


Rekha Pai Kamath, Small Business Incubation, Juniper Networks
Business Planning Basics, February 23, 2013


Rekha leads several business and strategic projects in the New Business Incubation group at Juniper Networks. She has 15+ years in various engineering, marketing, and product management positions at Silicon valley companies such as Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle Corp), Symantec Corp and Applied Materials. In her New Business Incubation role, she is responsible for analyzing Market Requirements and building the Business Thesis and Framework around deploying new and disruptive technologies to market.

Rekha will introduce girls to concepts around usability, market research and value proposition.

Julie Won, Partner, Hanson & Doremus
Startup Finance Basics, March 9, 2013

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Julie runs Hanson & Doremus' Palo Alto, California office and focuses on investment research and portfolio management. She worked with the firm between 2005 and 2009 and then ran her own money management firm in Palo Alto before rejoining Hanson & Doremus in 2013. In addition, Julie has in the past worked with institutional investors at Citigroup’s foreign exchange group in New York and a national economic policy think tank.

Julie received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2008 and is a member of the San Francisco CFA Society.

Julie will help girls explore the basics of a company's finances. Participants will learn about how companies maximize profit, how companies get funding for their activities, and how to distinguish better companies from lower performing ones.

Aaref Hilaly, Partner, Sequoia Capital
Pitch Basics, March 23, 2013

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Aaref, a Partner at Sequoia Capital, works with enterprise and mobile companies, and serves on the boards of Duck Duck Moose and MobileIron. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2012, he was the CEO of Clearwell, a leading provider of analytics software for electronic discovery. Aaref grew Clearwell from a handful of engineers into a profitable company with an annual revenue run-rate of over $100 million, leading to its acquisition by Symantec in 2011. Prior to that, Aaref was the Founder and CEO of CenterRun, a pioneer in datacenter automation, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York, and also worked at Excite@Home. Aaref holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters degree in Economics from McGill University, and BA degree from Oxford University.

Aaref will share insights and help participants practice delivering a pitch.



Business Planning Basics, February 23, 2013
Ishika Narain
Sonia Salunke

Startup Finance Basics, March 9, 2013
Celina Chow
Cathy Zhang

Pitch Basics, March 23, 2013
Aria Chang
Serena Wang

Pitch Event, May 4, 2013
Aria Chang
Erica Wang

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Have questions about Girls Innovate! Intro to Startup Series: Part I - Business Planning? Contact Girls Innovate!

When & Where

Cornerstone Research
1000 El Camino Real
Suite 250
Menlo Park , CA 94025

Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 12:45 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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