Leveling The Playing Field Through
Democratized Capital & New Perspectives
In 2017, only 2.2% of venture funding went to companies with a female CEO, a mere 0.2% went to companies led by an African-American female founder, & on average, when starting companies, male founders start with 6x more capital than female founders. Why does disparity continue to exist when capital is abundant? From equity crowdfunding, blockchain, family offices, & impact VC, what will the future of funding look like?
Join Lisa Wang, Founder of SheWorx, Rodrigo Nino, Founder of The Assemblage, Arthur Bavelas, CEO of Bavelas Family Office Group, & Catherine Ulrich, Managing Director of Firstmark Capital to discuss how new sources of capital & structures of funding can level the playing field.
Lisa Wang is a former 4x National Champion & Hall of Fame gymnast turned serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of SheWorx, the leading global platform empowering 20,000+ women to build & scale successful companies through access to top mentors & investors. SheWorx is focused on closing the funding gap by collaborating, not competing.
Lisa is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 in Venture Capital & CIO Magazine's Top 20 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017 & 2018. She is a writer for Forbes & Fortune focused on driving gender parity in entrepreneurship. Lisa is a motivational keynote speaker headlining conferences including Mobile World Congress, World Entrepreneur Forum, Chief Innovation Officer Summit, & more. She is the Executive Producer & host of the 5-Star Enoughness podcast. Lisa is a graduate of Yale University.
FOUNDER, THE ASSEMBLAGE, CEO PRODIGY NETWORK
Rodrigo has proven Prodigy Network's crowdfunding model as an efficient & secure mechanism that enables smaller investors from around the world to invest in specific projects that were solely accessible to the very wealthy before.
With this model, Nio has raised more than $300 million from 6,200 investors & is currently developing commercial real estate projects in Bogota & Manhattan with a projected value of more than $850 million. Major money center banks like Deutsche Bank, CIBC & Bank of America provided traditional financing for Prodigy's Manhattan projects, giving further validation to Nio's model.
ARTHUR ANDREW BAVELAS,
BAVELAS GROUP FAMILY OFFICE CEO, FOUNDER OF FAMILY OFFICE INSIGHTS
Arthur is an internationally-known entrepreneur, Bavelas Group family office investor, founder of Family Office Insights Peer-to-Peer gatherings, & is the originator of the Fortune's Fortress process of safeguarding family wealth over multiple generations. He is a frequent speaker to the hedge fund, private equity & family office communities.
Arthur is the author of numerous articles, white papers, focused on family offices, legacy wealth preservation & asset protection. His insights have been featured in international publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Investment Advisor, Gatekeeper, Opalesque, Dow Jones & Elite Traveler. Arthur has co-authored several books, his most recent being Fortune's Fortress: A Primer on Wealth Preservation.
Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
Catherine Ulrich, is the Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, one of the most successful early-stage VCs in NYC investing in high growth enterprise & consumer start-ups like Airbnb, Shopify, Pinterest, & InVision. She has a deep passion for & expertise in health & wellness, AI, & behavior change.
Prior to joining FirstMark, she was the Chief Product Officer at Shutterstock. She was also the first Chief Product Officer at Weight Watchers, responsible for their global digital & retail experiences. Catherine holds a degree in Engineering & a certificate in Public Health Policy from Harvard College. Her first investment was in Parsley Health.