Female Founders: Finding the Right Investors
Amira Ouji is the Director of Portfolio Engagement at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and is responsible for assisting portfolio companies with scalable support solutions, educational opportunities, and strategic input. She joined the firm in 2020. Before joining Revolution, Amira led startup services for MetaProp, a New York-based venture capital firm focused on real estate technology. During her time at MetaProp, Amira developed the firm’s first ever support platform as the dedicated resource for all 100+ portfolio company CEOs and led the firm’s 7th Flagship Accelerator program. Prior to MetaProp, Amira was a Venture Capital Associate Fellow at Newark Venture Partners, and a founding team member leading the marketing efforts for HBCUvc, a non-profit that trains and prepares minorities for a career in venture capital and tech. Earlier in her career, Amira held positions at Accenture, Westwood One, and Initiative Media. Amira serves as a board member for the VC Platform Global Community. Amira graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Marketing.
Dahna Goldstein (she/her) is committed to increasing access to capital for world-changing organizations. As Chief Investment Officer at Halcyon, she is helping to build the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, building on her experience as a social entrepreneur and advisor to social impact organizations. Dahna is a Senior Fellow in the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative at New America, and co-founder of Resistance by Design. She was the founder and CEO of PhilanTech, which was acquired by Altum in 2014 where she continued to serve as Director of Philanthropy Solutions.
Prior to starting PhilanTech, Dahna worked for venture philanthropies, including Ashoka and Blue Ridge Foundation New York. A graduate of Williams College, Dahna also holds a master of education degree, with a concentration in technology, from Harvard University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
She has written extensively about social impact, and has taught technology entrepreneurship at Georgetown University and blockchain at American University’s Kogod School of Business. Dahna was named one of Newsweek’s “13 Women Entrepreneurs to Bet On” and one of BusinessWeek’s “25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.”
Gabby Cazeau is a Principal at Harlem Capital where she focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, internal operations, and building partnerships across the tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. At the firm she focuses on ecommerce, fintech, and software. Gabby was featured in the HBCUvc’s 31 under 31 list.
Gabby received her MBA in 2020 from the Yale School of Management. At Yale, Gabby was a fellow in the Forte and Management Leadership for Tomorrow MBA Programs. She also served as an advisor in Yale’s startup incubator and accelerator. Prior to Yale, Gabby worked in R&D and Innovation at General Mills where she built and launched several products for iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Epic, and FiberOne.
She is Haitian and originally from Maryland. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar. In her free time she is an avid reader, gets very competitive playing Connect-4, and enjoys salsa dancing, especially finding a good dance spot while traveling to a new city.
Lisa Friedlander is a former corporate attorney, founder of Activity Rocket (sold to Thrively in 2017) and the current Business Development Manager for the NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers. Lisa focuses on startup and emerging growth companies. Lisa is a recognized speaker, judge, and mentor and is also a founding Board member for a new female angel investment group Citrine Angels. Lisa also founded The Heartsongs Luncheon Fund in 2001 which has raised nearly $2 million dollars for Children’s National Medical Center and recently co-founded Teens with Heartsongs.
Stephanie Cummings, CEO and Co-Founder of Please Assist Me, started Please Assist Me to bring true work-life balance by allowing users to come home to everything done. Previously, Stephanie worked with a healthcare IT startup that was partially acquired by HCA and later fully acquired by Cerner Corporation. In her last role, she was responsible for program oversight of a new product that realized over $1MM in revenue during its first year on the market. Since starting, Please Assist Me in 2018, Stephanie has raised over $1MM from Google, Backstage Capital, Techstars, Collab Capital, & others. Stephanie has also won pitch competitions hosted by New Voices, Vinnetta, & Ford Fund. Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and currently lives in the Washington DC area.