New York – On March 27, venture capitalist Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner of 1843 Capital, joined a panel of other accomplished women at NYC’s MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) for a lively conversation about investing in women entrepreneurs.
The evening’s topics included opportunities and challenges facing women in technology and how to empower and inspire the next general of women leaders in that field.
The evening started with a keynote address by Erin Bagwell, filmmaker and blogger who raised over $100,000 through Kickstarter to fund her feature film “Dream, Girl.”
Amy Resnick of Penions & Investments then led a panel discussion with Tracy and her co-panelists:
– Jesse Draper, Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures; creator and host of the television series “The Valley Girl Show;”
– Anna Pikovsky Auerbach, co-founder and co-CEO of Werk, a destination online marketplace for flexible work opportunities for women;
– Tania Yuki, founder and CEO of Shareablee, a provider of social content analytics;
– Cindy Whitehead, CEO of The Pink Ceiling, which provides financing and marketing services to women-led businesses; and
– Jessica Traver, CEO and co-founder of IntuiTap Medical, a medical device company.
These women are contesting investment trends that show women getting just 13% of available funding (for venture capital it’s less than 3%) even though they are founding companies at twice the rate of men, per a recent article in Inc. magazine.