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WITI San Diego Regional Network
Investing in Women -- Increasing Opportunities for Funding Women

Thursday, April 19, 2012
5:30 - 8:30 pm

In 2011, there was an estimated 8.1 million women-owned businesses generating $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.7 million people. Still, venture backed women-led companies represent less than 10% of venture funding.

This forum gathers a panel of investors to discuss the start-up funding gap, why it exists and why it must change. The panel will also provide perspective on the unique benefits and competitive advantages that women-led businesses possess and why there is an increased interest in investing in female entrepreneurs.

About Our Speaker(s)

Pemo Theodore, Founder EZebis

Startup coach and founder EZebiz and PerfectPitch, and has been an Australian origin entrepreneur in online business for over 6 years. Pemo has been involved in small business for 33 years in Australia, Canada, Ireland & London and has a wealth of experience. A certificated business coach with the International Coach Federation & trained by Corporate Coachu, Pemo spent five years in London trying to drum up venture capital funding for her digital matchmaking start-up.

Theodore interviewed dozens of venture capitalists, female founders and tech industry experts (both female and male), quizzing them on the challenges facing female founders and soliciting their perspectives on what was driving the female funding shortfall. Forbes article about Pemo and Forbes article Do Women Have a Unique Genome for Startup Success?

Monica Dodi, Managing Partner Women Venture Capital Fund

An international, multilingual new media entrepreneur with a proven track record in creating, launching and building highly successful global brands. A visionary on the cutting edge of the virtual and high-tech landscape, she has founded four highly successful companies, spearheaded rapid turnarounds and negotiated numerous licensing deals with Fortune 500 companies.

Mark Suster, General Partner GRP Partners

A 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company to Salesforce.com. He focuses on early-stage technology companies. He is a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital world[2] and mentor at Techstars (a mentorship-driven seed stage investment fund).

Barbara Bry, COO Blackbird Ventures

A serial entrepreneur whose passion is leveling the playing field for women and girls in business, health care and politics. Blackbird Ventures (http://www.blackbirdv.com) invests in and incubates early stage technology companies, and she teaches entrepreneurship at UC San Diego.

Amy Errett, Partner Maveron LLC

She brings more than 25 years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive, and social-mission visionary. Her focal points are emerging web enabled consumer trends, e-commerce social shopping, and online education.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at:

    Knobbe & Martens -- daVinci Auditorium
    12790 El Camino Real
    San Diego, California 92130

Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

About Our Partner(s)

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Carey Harrington ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.