The Second Annual Capital W, Boston Women's Venture Summit is happening on May 6. Betaspring's Managing Director Melissa Withers will be there among the judges lucky enough to hear pitches from the region's up and coming women-led ventures.
Capital W, founded by Sheryl Marshall, and co-chaired by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College (CWEL), is a one-day event that will brings together women entrepreneurs and members of the investment community to address the current funding gap for women-owned businesses. Capital W features presentations from successful CEOs and venture capitalists about their business journeys and viewpoints on women in the industry, interactive pitching workshops and on-site coaching.
What's in it for startups? Capital W features workshops, lectures, and networking opportunities for both entrepreneurs looking to pitch investors and mentors interested in promising women-led startups.
Click here for registration, program, and other information. Ready to pitch? If you are looking to pitch to a panel of experienced investors, have a business that is either prototyped or launched, and you are actively raising funding, Capital W encourages you to pitch. This year they are holding 3 pitch contests - health sciences, open call, and digital retail. Applications to pitch due Thursday, April 7th by 12AM EST.
"We're thrilled to build on last year's incredibly successful event with an even bigger and bolder Capital W in 2016," said Sheryl in a recent news release. "Study after study proves that women entrepreneurs do not have the same access to venture capital as their male counterparts. We're here to change that by bringing together the local community of venture capitalists with those female entrepreneurs looking for funding."
Why Betaspring cares: Our model allows us to expand the group of companies that we support and invest in. Bringing high quality women-led ventures into our portfolio is a priority and we think New England is loaded with amazing companies that fit the bill. So sign up and come say hello.