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.
Dr. Loleta Robinson is a seasoned physician entrepreneur, startup advisor, venture partner with extensive healthcare technology and services expertise. She is the Founder and Principal of Fortis Industries, LLC, a firm specializing in blending data analytics, due diligence, and a strong industry network to identify and evaluate prospective healthcare investment, in-licensing, and partnership opportunities for various clients. Dr. Robinson calls on her extensive industry experience and relationships to help bring together venture capital and corporate innovation firms with appropriate healthcare startups and early-stage companies with the potential to significantly improve the quality of care. She also facilitates their collaboration via incubators, accelerators, and other entrepreneurial support organizations and researches the healthcare market landscape to provide competitive analyses and offer industry insights. Dr. Robinson also serves as an independent advisory board member to underrepresented startup companies.
Leveraging over 20 years of experience in providing business and technology solutions and services for organizations in defense, federal civilian and private sector markets to provide fit for purpose solutions in rapidly changing environments.
Differentiating soft skills that make me a successful leader include: Ability to Work Under Pressure, Time Management, Adaptable, Nurturing and Mentoring, Foster Long-term Relations, and Strategic Planning.
Amanda , VP of Business Development, is a results-driven, versatile self-starter with 18 years of extensive experience in cultivating commercial relationships and strategic partnerships. After calling Denver, Colorado home for the past 9 years, Amanda and her family can be found heading to the Rockies most weekends for hiking, camping and canoeing. Amanda is a mother of two kiddos and six hens and recently renovated a 30-year-old pop-up camper with her (thankfully, still) husband, Doug.
An enthusiastic and dedicated partner engineer, who loves creative collaboration and story-telling in all forms. 20+ years of business experience including strategic partnership management, constructing innovation strategy for large corporates, marketing and product development and team management.
Specialties: Partner Management • Pipeline Generation & Maturation • Field Go to Market Strategy • Contract Negotiations • Project Management
Robbie Hardy, Founder & Chair, xElle Ventures - Robbie spent more than 20 successful years in the corporate sector before finding her true calling, the entrepreneurial world. She has been on all sides of the entrepreneurial desk - as CEO, strategic consultant, board member, investor, mentor and author.
Lisa Friedlander is an attorney, entrepreneur, and angel investor. After practicing corporate and telecommunications law for 15+ years in both large and small firms, as well as serving in a VP General Counsel role for a satellite telecom company, she co-founded Activity Rocket in 2013. Activity Rocket was an aggregated marketplace for kids’ activities and summer camps. Lisa led the company as CEO.
Thrively, a west coast edtech company, acquired Activity Rocket in 2017.
Lisa joined Shulman Rogers to help launch and grow the NEXT Platform as well as to support the Business Services Group. Lisa is a mentor and speaker for a variety of entrepreneurship and investment groups and sits on the advisory board for several startups.
Lisa is also a founding member and on the Board of Directors for Citrine Angels, a women investing in women angel group in the DC Metro Area, and Main Street, an inclusive living community in Rockville, MD. Lisa also founded 2 organizations that raise money for Children’s National Medical Center – The Heartsongs Luncheon Fund (2001) and Teens with Heartsongs (2020) – together these organizations have raised nearly $2 million for Children’s Hospital.
Women entrepreneurs represent the largest opportunity globally to create impact for a robust economy. At TiE Women, we leverage our global footprints and are building an institutionalized and sustainable ecosystem that embraces, engages and empowers all women entrepreneurs - irrespective of background, size or color. In a world currently in crisis mode, investing in women entrepreneurs is the way to go as gender parity is fast becoming the game changer.
Experts say that if men and women were treated equally as entrepreneurs, our global economy would receive a $5 trillion boost! Investing in women allows everyone to do well by doing good.
I’m focused on impacting and inspiring the entire ecosystem of funding: from cultivating more female limited partners and female venture capital partners to funding more female founders and the products and services they create. This is whole systems change and a world in better harmony.
Finding solutions to the world's most pressing problems requires funding the brightest minds. And if you're not funding women, you're missing out on half of the brightest minds possible. No founder would ignore half their market, and no investor should, either. Investing in female founders is fundamental.
Companies are finding more and more that diverse teams positively affect their bottom line. We're seeing high interest in funding women-led companies, and we at Golden Seeds are proud to welcome these high potential women entrepreneurs to the table. We've been doing this work for over 14 years and we're happy to see that the general investment community is recognizing the value of diverse teams and women in leadership roles.
You must live your truth. Recognize, accept and embrace who you truly are and use it for your advantage. Make it not just great but greater than life. Why not?
We appreciate having the opportunity to invest in female founders who are building technology solutions to reimagine how work is done in these industries.
I’m happy I get to work at a company where we have an inclusive environment, and we not only have women supporting women, but men supporting women as well.
Venture capital investment is essentially all about people. Women make up half the population, so why female founders and investors only hold single digit percentage of the industry? If it’s not because of IQ (of course not), we have to fix it.
I believe that there is not a role or job that woman cannot get. and when one woman helps another, great things happen.
I truly believe the zeitgeist of the venture community will be strengthen if the founders behind venture-backed ideas accurately represent our population. After all, statistics show that diverse teams raise more funds and succeed at higher rates, and it's no surprise investing in diverse founders is not just good business, it's smart business.
Authenticity breeds success. See, be, and lead your best and the rest will follow.
The best ideas come from a balanced, diverse team with multiple points of view.