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FEMALE FOUNDERS
DEMO DAY

  • 2:00 PM - 03:30 PM ET
135+
Female Founded Startups in Portfolio
70M+
Capital Raised for Female Founders
700+
   Female Investors in Network
500+
Portfolio Startups
$100M+
Capital Raised
3,000+
Investor Network

ABOUT THE EVENT

Our Female Founders Demo Day is a quarterly event we started in NYC in 2018 with a mission to create exciting fundraising opportunities for female entrepreneurs. As a startup ecosystem, we believe in walking the talk and bringing more awareness to this mission by starting conversations and showcasing our top women-led startups to help them raise capital.

Our partners and investors who believe in supporting inclusion in technology and empowering women entrepreneurs will be attending. A KiwiTech event to mingle with fellow investors, founders, thought leaders, and partners who believe that it is high time to build a strong community of committed leaders to support female-founded tech disruptions and change the landscape of startups and investors for female entrepreneurs.

  • 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET

PAST PANELISTS

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LESLIE GOLDMAN

CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL PARTNER

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Leslie Goldman is General Partner and Co-founder of The Artemis Fund, a seed-stage Venture Capital fund investing in female-founded companies that democratize access to wealth through fintech, e-commerce, and care-tech.

Before Artemis, Leslie spent 25+ years as a corporate attorney and 3 years as an executive recruiter, while angel investing in 70 companies and 12 VC funds. Leslie serves as a board member of Artemis companies DRESSX and UNest, as well as a growth-stage company in her personal portfolio, Deep Isolation. She serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors TTC, and as a board observer of Artemis' CNote and Fundid. Leslie brings significant expertise in fundraising, strategy, and governance to her portfolio companies.

Leslie holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. from the UNSW in Sydney, and a J.D. from Fordham Law, and is a #boymom.

The Artemis Fund is one of fewer than 20 VC funds in the US exclusively focused on female founders. The Artemis Fund II will invest in 15-20 female-led seed-stage US-based companies. The GPs - Leslie, Stephanie Campbell, and Diana Murakhovskaya - bring their diverse backgrounds to source, select, and steward the best female founders in the U.S.

MARYAM HAQUE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Maryam is the Executive Director of Venture Forward, where she leads the organization in its mission to shape the future of venture capital. She previously served as SVP of Industry Advancement at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where she incubated several Venture Forward initiatives. At NVCA, she led research and data, education, and diversity and inclusion programming. She managed the production of the annual NVCA Yearbook, quarterly PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, and NVCA-Deloitte Human Capital Survey. She also created VC University (a joint initiative between NVCA and Startup@BerkeleyLaw), LP Office Hours, and the Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium.

Prior to joining NVCA, Maryam managed the research department at EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, as the Senior Director of Research in Washington, DC. Before EMPEA, she was a Senior Research Analyst in the Private Equity & Venture Capital division of Dow Jones & Company, supporting its flagship product VentureSource in San Francisco.

Maryam is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

SHIH-FONG WANG

INVESTOR

Shih-Fong Wang a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, and an advisory board member of two global ecommerce retail brands. Prior to her role as an angel investor, she was the CFO of a.k.a Brands (NYSE:AKA), a consortium of e-commerce retail brands with combined sales of $500M. In her role, her passion for the disruptive nature of the social-media driven business model, combined with obsession of data intelligence, operational excellence, disciplined processes and controls honed over 15+ years in public accounting and mergers and acquisitions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, doubling YoY revenue every year of her 3 year tenure and improving margins. She launched the US market expansion of the Australia-based portfolio companies of a.k.a. Brands and led change management within the high-growth entrepreneurial organizations with a pragmatic and collaborative mindset.

(PANEL MODERATOR)

JESSICA CHIN FOO

VP - VENTURE CAPITAL & CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Jessica Chin Foo is Vice President of VC & Corporate Partnerships with 16+ years of market expansion and partnership development experience in various sectors (clean tech, F&B industry, global luxury, health, media & entertainment, edTech and Fintech). Her professional focal points include corporate innovation, strategic partnerships, investments, agreement negotiations, marketing, business development, and ecosystem design.

Her everyday motivations are building an entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters inclusive entrepreneurship and women leadership, from startups, to community partners, VC’s and corporations.

PAST STARTUP PRESENTERS

Lisa Simpkins
Lisa Simpkins

Captain Founder & CEO

Sydney Montgomery
Sydney Montgomery

Founder & CEO

Christy Serrato
Christy Serrato

Founder & CEO

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Shana Vieira

Founder & CEO

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Leslie Huynh

Co-Founder & COO

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