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About this event
Join us for a virtual night of pitches, networking & learning from an all-star panel.
6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction & Networking
6:45 - 7:50 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Startup Pitches
7:50 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking
1. Marisa Warren - Co-Founder & General Partner, ALIAVIA Ventures | Founder, ELEVACAO
Marisa has more than 20 years experience in tech as a VC investor, advisor & operator working for companies like SAP, Microsoft & Workday. As Co-Founder & General Partner of ALIAVIA Ventures, Founder & Chair of ELEVACAO, Marisa invests in & advises enterprise & consumer tech startups & scale-ups across the U.S. & Australia. Investments include; HowToo, Wakefully, Vurbl, Requipper, Eugene Labs & Omelia.
Marisa left big corporate in 2015 to pursue her passion for early-stage businesses. Whilst living in New York, Marisa founded ELEVACAO a global pre-accelerator for women tech founders. Fast forward to today & ELEVACAO has empowered 175 women across the U.S. & Australia, who have raised $80m+ & produced 3 Exits. In 2020, Marisa & Kate Vale founded ALIAVIA Ventures, a California based firm focused on early stage venture capital investing in U.S. & Australian based female founders building world-changing enterprise & consumer tech businesses.
2. David Segura - Investor & Entrepreneur
David Segura is an accomplished Entrepreneur & Investor with experience in a wide variety of industry verticals including Media, FinTech, & Consumer categories among others. He is currently the CEO of Glassbox Media, a New York based podcast company.
David has developed a reputation for being a Founder Friendly investor who adds value to company operations. A cross selection of current investments include Eaze, Grove Collaborative, Hawthorne, UsageAI, & many more.
He also previously founded Giant Media, where he served as the CEO from launch through acquisition. The company was an early Video Advertising exchange that included Toyota, American Express, L'Oreal, & Dollar Shave Club among others. Launched in 2009, Giant Media was successfully acquired in 2014 by Adknowledge, an AdTech platform funded by TPG Growth, JMI, & Nokia. David is also a proud graduate of the University of Chicago.
3. Taarini Kaur Dang - Managing Partner at Brave14 Capital
Taarini Kaur Dang is a 16-year old Venture Capitalist, TEDx Speaker, Forbes Writer, & Women Empowerment Champion. She is the youngest Venture Capitalist in the world. She is the Founder & Managing Partner of a Venture Capital firm called Brave14 Capital for which she has raised funding from top Venture Capitalists & Institutional Investors in the US. Taarini is the co-Founder of a female empowerment Instagram account called @ClassyWomenn which has ramped to 650k followers in 2 years across 10 Asian countries. She has helped over 500 women on a one-on-one basis so far. At the age of 13, she wrote a book (The Young Aspiring Entrepreneur) which has a foreword from Intel Capital President Wendell Brooks & quotes from Stanford Professor Chuck Eesley, Intel's Chief Diversity Officer Barbara Whye, Oracle ex-President Ray Lane & author Linda Swindling. She has been an invited speaker at top conferences, like Google Launchpad Female Founders Summit, Collision conference, TiECon, Women's March, ATEA, AI ShowBiz Summit, etc. She has been the only speaker under the age of 18 at these conferences. She has been featured in media by BBC, Nasdaq, Mercury News, etc. In 2019, she was ranked among the Top 100 Women in Finance from India. She is also the youngest person to win the Young American-Indian Award which she received from the Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna for her work in Entrepreneurship in 2018.
4. Timothy Wolf Starr - Impact Investor & Venture Capitalist
Wolf is an impact investor/venture capitalist focused on connecting resources to meet needs within the innovation ecosystem. Wolf's goal is to create opportunities & relationships for underrepresented (and underestimated) entrepreneurs, leaders, & organizations. Wolf is the managing director for three specific impact funds that support social enterprises, the LGBTQ+ community, New Americans, refugees, & Dreamers.
5. Victoria Mehran - Venture Partner at Expert Dojo
Victoria is a Venture Partner at Expert Dojo; over ten years of experience in financial analysis, strategic planning, & business development in various industries, including Sensor & Technology, Semiconductor, Oil & Gas, Asset Management, & Private Equity Industries in the UK, US, & Europe. Since 2018, she has been investing, mentoring, & advising women entrepreneurs in their journey.