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Private Investors Backing Fast-Growth, Female Founders: Lessons Learning

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Join us for this dynamic breakfast seminar for private investors on achieving higher returns and better dealflow through harnessing the Inclusion Premium.

The latest in our series focuses on Fast-Growth, Female-led Firms.

For private investors focused on top financial returns, few opportunities stand out as much as the fast growth of female founders. Female-led firms outpace national averages in:

  • revenue growth
  • employment growth
  • new business formation

However, female-led firms are also undercapitalized by today's investors, earning less than 2% of venture capital dollars.

How should savvy investors balance risk and reward in this environment?

Valor Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Atlanta, has a portfolio and pipeline that's over 50% led by female founders. Come to this seminar to learn more about investing in women-led companies, supporting their unique trajectories, and reaping the outsize financial opportunities.

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Lisa Calhoun - Founder, General Partner, Valor Ventures (Atlanta)

Lisa’s experience in early-scale dynamics contributes to over a billion dollars (and counting) in exit value from startups. Lisa is known for pioneering platforms that fuel early-stage companies with capital, connections and critical insights, including the Valor Innovation Council that connects emerging startups to potential enterprise customers; the Startup Runway Foundation, the largest pitch event connecting underrepresented founders to first capital; and the Atlanta Startup Podcast, the voice of the region with 40% of the U.S. population. She is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of the global network of top venture capital investors. Before Valor, Lisa founded a digital marketing agency recognized as one of the “Top 10 Agencies for Tech Startups.” She supported hundreds of tech startups through their exits to public markets and acquisitions. Prior, Lisa worked in IT consulting, helping large organizations solve complex problems with code. Lisa serves on the boards of Physician360, SmartCommerce, Women Who Code, MyAgData, and the Woodruff Arts Center Women’s Giving Circle. She earned her BA/Baylor 1994 and MBA/the University of Texas.

Elise Mitchell - Founder, Investor, CEO (Nashville)

Based in Nashville, Elise is a three-time CEO, leadership strategist, business consultant and executive coach. She is the founder of Mitchell Communications Group, one of the top 10 fastest-growing public relations firms globally and a 2x Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years. Elise sold her firm to Dentsu Aegis Network in 2012 and served as CEO of the Dentsu Aegis Public Relations Network, leading M&A activity and international collaborations in the public relations sector. Elise has received numerous accolades for her business and leadership success. She is a globally recognized thought leader and the author of a best-selling book, “Leading Through the Turn” (McGraw Hill 2017). Elise is a graduate of executive education from Harvard Business School, Dartmouth and The Aspen Institute. She earned her BA/Abilene Christian University and MA/University of Memphis. Today she advises and advocates for founders and leadership teams of fast-growing companies through her consultancy, elisemitchell.com.

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