As part of our yearlong gender lens working group, Impact Capital Forum is excited to invite you to our next series of conversations, featuring VCs investing capital with a gender lens.
Now is an exciting time for venture capital opportunities in female-led companies. Investments can range from early-stage angel funds to later-stage venture capital rounds. There are more opportunities than ever for new investors, especially female and BIPOC investors, to learn about and invest in these funds at more accessible entry levels. Impact Capital Forum has gathered an impressive group of six female fund managers across two panels to share their various investment approaches, their journey to matching more investment dollars with female entrepreneurs, their work to engage and mentor more female investors, and their efforts to ensure both a social and financial return.
Angela Lee is the founder of 37 Angels, an angel investment network and training bootcamp for women investors. She is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for education. She is also a consultant and educator and teaches Strategic Problem Solving, Entrepreneurial Thinking and Executive Communication at Columbia Business School, NYU, and General Assembly. Angela started her career in product management and then moved to consulting at McKinsey. She has started 4 startups, and through 37 Angels, invested in 70+. Angela has spoken at the White House and NASA and is an expert in teaching online and making learning scalable. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and Fox Business. She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch in 2015, and by Crain’s as a Notable Women in Tech in 2019. In 2020, she was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School. She serves on the boards of Fresco Fund and Cariclub.
Deborah Jackson is the founder of Plum Alley. Deborah started her career on Wall Street in the early 1980's at Goldman Sachs and spent 20+ years raising capital for public and private companies and entities including healthcare technology. After retiring from Wall Street, she became an early stage investor investing in women entrepreneurs in consumer internet, cloud software, mobile, medical, among other industries. With a desire to have an even bigger impact, Deborah founded Plum Alley with the mission to advance the economics of women entrepreneurs and gender diverse teams. Deborah’s additional experience includes: Co-Founder/Advisor, WIM Accelerator to build mobile tech; Columbia University Committee Advisor to President on entrepreneurship; Hosted hackathon w/ 18 women developers who built an anti-sex trafficking game; covered by Fast Company. Awards & Recognition: TechCrunch 40 Over 40, Forbes “Women Changing the World” (VC/Enrepreneurs), Fast Company “League of Extraordinary Women,” Bpeace Economic Impact Award. Start-up Competition Judge: Harvard Business School New Venture Competition, Technovation, Startup Weekend. Featured Speaker: CNBC, Family Office Association, HBS, The Atlantic Conference, Columbia University, UPenn.
Kathryn Cartini is a cofounder of Chloe Capital. She is a venture capitalist with a proven track record of fundraising, recruiting top founders, managing portfolio companies, promoting the firm / Movement, and making investment decisions. She represents a new service-oriented VC. In addition to Chloe Capital, Kate is the CMO / COO of Upstate Venture Connect, and the owner of Peacock Media, LLC, a content marketing firm that works with investors, founders and personal brands. In these roles Kate excels as a business coach and promoter – having connected hundreds of founders with investors. Learn more at KathrynCartini.com.
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