Austin Startup Week 2021 Austin Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

- CDT
Women in Tech $100,000 Investment Challenge
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Leigh Christie (She/Her)
Leigh Christie (She/Her)
Beam Angel Network, CEO & Executive Director
Samina Farid (She/Her)
Samina Farid (She/Her)
Farid Ventures and Golden Seeds, Managing Director
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
expa, Managing Director
Lissie Garvin (She/Her)
Lissie Garvin (She/Her)
Seven Seven Six, Founding Team, Chief of Staff

Capital Factory’s Texas Fund, in partnership with Beam Angel Network, Seven Seven Six Fund, and Golden Seeds (Houston), is excited to announce the next $100,000 Investment Challenge at our 4th Annual Women In Tech Summit. The winner will also be awarded $10,000 in legal fee credits from Baker Botts. We are dedicated to increasing diversity in the tech community and making Capital Factory an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and identities.On October 4th, five technology startup finalists will pitch to a panel of advisors and judges made up of successful investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. One will walk away with a $100,000 cash investment and a fast-track into Capital Factory.

Judging panel includes: Leigh Christie, Samina Farid, Lisa Besserman, and Lissie Garvin

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

- CDT
Founders and Funders: The Fundraising Gap
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Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
Lisa Besserman (She/Her)
expa, Managing Director
Bre Cruickshank (She/Her)
Bre Cruickshank (She/Her)
Radical Girl Gang, CEO
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
Janice Omadeke (She/Her)
The Mentor Method, CEO and Founder
Heather Buffo (She/Her)
Heather Buffo (She/Her)
Republic, Venture Growth & Partnerships Lead
Holly Tachovsky (She/Her)
Holly Tachovsky (She/Her)
ISO, Chief Innovation Officer

According to Techrunch, women-founded startups deliver 62% higher ROI, generate twice as much revenue per dollar invested, and take one full year less time to exit. In the past five years, VC investments in women-owned tech companies increased steadily. However, once COVID hit, and investors retreated to their referral networks and “safe investments’’, VC funding for women shrunk drastically. Crunchbase data show more than 800 female-founded startups globally received a total of $4.9 billion in venture funding in 2020, through mid-December, representing a 27% decrease over the same period.

If we invest in women at the same rate that we invest in men, this could boost the global economy by up to $5 trillion. Many 2020-2021 portfolios are missing that opportunity. In this panel we will hear from founders and funders who will discuss how the presumption of “investment safety” not only stunts ROI but is a district barrier to equity efforts.