According to Access to Capital by High-Growth Women-Owned Businesses, female entrepreneurs start companies with 50 percent less capital than male entrepreneurs. And a 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report found that women entrepreneurs are outperforming their male counterparts – illustrated in part by companies run by women had 13 percent higher revenues than those run by men.
Studies also show the rise of “millennipreneurs,” millennial women who are becoming more entrepreneurial than their predecessors. Yet, one of the major issues facing women is access to capital. In the last few years, there have been several seed funds and VCs investing specifically in women-led businesses.
Our stellar panel will examine the reasons for the investment gap, provide solutions, and discuss the pipeline, the technologies that are getting them excited, and challenges facing their funds.
Nisha Dua is a partner at BBG Ventures. She has spent the last 10 years working in media, tech, strategy and law. In addition to her work at BBG Ventures, she founded the #BUILTBYGIRLS movement which challenges young women to be part of the tech-enabled economy through a series of offline and online programs to teach girls the fundamentals of venture capital.
Nisha was previously the General Manager of AOL's millennial site, Cambio and Chief of Staff for the AOL Brand Group, working on strategy, operations and special projects. Prior to that, she was a management consultant for Bain & Company advising companies across Tech & Telco, Financial Services, and CPG. She cut her teeth as an M&A and securities lawyer at the Australian law firm, Blake Dawson. Nisha also consulted for edtech start-up, Learn with Homer. Twitter: @nish67.
Anu Duggal is the Founding Partner of F Cubed – an early-stage fund investing in female-founded technology companies.
Prior to launching F Cubed, Anu was CEO of Doonya for two years where she scaled the business nationally, raised an initial round of growth capital and created a business development strategy positioning the company as “ZUMBA 2.0.”
In 2010, Anu co-founded Exclusively.In, a private sale e-commerce site (similar to GILT Group) focused on bringing the best of South Asian fashion, jewelry and home decor to the global audience. Within a year of the company's May 2011 launch, the company raised $16M in venture funding from Tiger Capital and Accel Partners.
Prior to Exclusively.In, Anu co-founded The Tasting Room, India's first luxury wine bar, in 2005 with Rajeev Samant, CEO of Sula Wines. Throughout her professional career, she has been an active angel investor, supporting women entrepreneurs in both in the U.S. and India.
Anu is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an MBA from London Business School. She speaks fluent French and has a passion for the restaurant world, having worked at Chef Floyd Cardoz's renowned Tabla restaurant in New York. She is also active politically – in 2012 co-chaired an Obama fundraiser at ABC Carpet, and was Finance Chair for Reshma Saujani's Public Advocate campaign in 2013. She is a Board Member of the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York. Twitter: @anuduggalnyc.
Daphne Kis currently serves as an advisor to the Markle Foundation's initiative on Economic Security. She has spent many years as a strategic business consultant to young, growing companies. She is a managing director at Golden Seeds, an angel network that invests in women-led companies and recently co-led a $1.5 million financing round for, and now serves on the board of, Style for Hire, a national peer-to-peer network and technology platform for trained fashion stylists. On the non-profit front, Kis is a board director for Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a national affiliate network that serves more than 5 million children in nearly 7,000 schools and community centers around the country.
Kis is a leader in global technology, venture and entrepreneurial circles with nearly thirty years of expertise taking early stage entrepreneurial ideas through many phases of raising capital, business development, and clarifying and executing on strategy. Kis is committed to women and entrepreneurship acting as equity advisor to several women-led companies and has coached several startups through Springboard Enterprises, Women Innovate Mobile, New York's Entrepreneurs Roundtable.
A private equity investor since 1992, she was a founding partner in EDventure Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on burgeoning Eastern European technologies. She invested in and nurtured more than 25 start-up enterprises, many of which have led to stellar growth and successful exits.
Kis holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a BA in history from Hampshire College.
Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia Oberti Noguera is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale and she serves on the boards of Walker's Legacy, Women 2.0, and iRelaunch. Natalia has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The Financial Times, The New York Times, and Fast Company's Co.Exist Change Generation series. She was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com's “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women's eNews recognized Natalia as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the “55 most influential women on Twitter.” Twitter: @nakisnakis.
Sara O'Brien is a reporter at CNNMoney, covering startups, entrepreneurs, tech, and innovation. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Class of 2014.
Sara was a regular contributor to the New York Post Sunday Business section, and has freelanced for various publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Date Report.
Previously, she worked on the business side of magazines in digital and integrated marketing at Time Inc. and Us Weekly.
Her primary interests include entrepreneurs, innovative startups, and the collision of tech and culture but she can't resist the occasional story on relationship dynamics in the digital age. Twitter: @saraashleyo.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 7:30 – 9:00am
7:30 to 8:00 – Arrival and breakfast
8:00 to 8:45 – Discussion
8:45 to 9:00 – Audience Q&A