Techstars Foundercon 2020 Techstars Foundercon 2020

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

- MDT
Breaking Down Gender Bias in Entrepreneurship
Claudia Reuter
Claudia Reuter
Techstars, General Manager, Americas East
Sara Bates
Sara Bates
MamaMend, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars MetLife 2018
Nami Baral
Nami Baral
Harvest Platform, Founder & CEO - Techstars Barclays 2019
Michele Atkinson
Michele Atkinson
Contract Cloud, CEO & Founder - Techstars Chicago 2020

One set of barriers to increased entrepreneurship is the underrepresentation of women entrepreneurs. With women half as likely to become entrepreneurs compared to their male counterparts, the world economy is missing out on potential innovation and economic growth. Join us to learn about the gender biases that exist in entrepreneurship and the workplace and what can be done to help decrease the obstacles women entrepreneurs are facing.

- MDT
Founding a Company whilst Founding a Family
Jag Singh
Jag Singh
Techstars, Managing Director - Berlin
Stone Atwine
Stone Atwine
Eversend, Founder & CEO - Techstars Berlin 2019
Zhanna Sharipova
Zhanna Sharipova
Anytype, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Berlin 2019
- MDT
Invitation to Founders: Holding the VC Community Accountable to Funding More Diverse Entrepreneurs
Kristen Sonday
Kristen Sonday
Paladin, Co-Founder and COO - Techstars Chicago 2017
Stella Ashaolu
Stella Ashaolu
WeSolv, Founder and CEO - Techstars Seattle 2018
Ablorde Ashigbi
Ablorde Ashigbi
4Degrees, CEO - Techstars Chicago 2017
Garry Cooper
Garry Cooper
Rheaply, CEO - Techstars Chicago 2018
Neal Sales-Griffin
Neal Sales-Griffin
Techstars, Managing Director - Chicago

A few Black and Latinx Techstars Alumni are building a public coalition of founders to hold the VC community accountable to funding more diverse entrepreneurs in light of the conversation around racial inequity. Join the conversation to learn more about how to take action against racism and be a part of this movement.

- MDT
Fundraising as a Black Founder
Gabby Cazeau
Gabby Cazeau
Harlem Capital Partners, Senior Associate
Sydney Sykes
Sydney Sykes
BLCK VC, Co-founder & Investor
Obi Omile
Obi Omile
theCut, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
David Potter
David Potter
Curu, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Daricus Releford
Daricus Releford
StoreCash, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Ethan Austin
Ethan Austin
Techstars, Managing Director - Western Union Accelerator

Stories and discussion from Black Founders and CEOs on what it takes to raise capital as a black founder in a system that is stacked against you.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

- MDT
How to Navigate your Business in Uncertain Times as a Female Entrepreneur
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Techstars, Managing Director - Tel Aviv
Maya Huber
Maya Huber
Skillset, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Tel Aviv 2020
Ina Samovich
Ina Samovich
Cashew, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Barclays Tel Aviv 2019

Emerging evidence on the impact of COVID-19 suggests clearly that women’s economic and productive lives will be affected disproportionately and differently from men. Hilla Brenner and founders will provide strategies on how to cope with the challenges posed by this crisis.

- MDT
Female Founder Networking Session
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Techstars, Managing Director - Tel Aviv

Join us for a special edition networking session with women around the Techstars network! Grab a drink and connect with other founders. Hosted by our amazing Hilla Ovil-Brenner, Managing Director at Techstars Tel Aviv.

- MDT
Keynote: Fireside Chat with Katica Roy of Pipeline Equity
Katica Roy
Katica Roy
Pipeline Equity, CEO - Techstars Impact 2018

Katica Roy is a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce's AppExchange.  The Pipeline platform was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company’s 2020 World’s Most Innovative Companies

In 2017 Katica was named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology, in 2018 a Colorado Governors' Fellow, in 2019 a Top 25 Most Powerful Woman in Business and a Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year, Gold Award and in 2020, the Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also an industry entrepreneur, thought-leader, and frequent editorial contributor and speaker.  Katica’s articles have been published by World Economic Forum, NBC, Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Hill, The Advocate, Salesforce, and Morning Consult.  In 2019, her articles garnered over 1B impressions.

- MDT
How to Get Started: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
Andrea Perdomo
Andrea Perdomo
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Sage Franch
Sage Franch
Crescendo, CEO & Co-founder - Techstars Montreal AI 2018
Dr. Akilah Cadet
Dr. Akilah Cadet
Change Cadet, Founder + CEO + Executive Coach
Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda Briana Epler
Change Catalyst, Founder & CEO
Mohammed Asaduallah
Mohammed Asaduallah
Benji, Co-founder & CEO

Join us for an amazing panel where we will be discussing how you as an entrepreneur and leader can start your journey to implementing values and foundation that create a just, equitable and inclusive workplace. Diversity, equity and inclusion is not just the smart thing to do, it is also the right thing to do.