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The Power of Community – The story behind Chloe Capital’s new look

Meet the driving force behind Chloe Capital’s new website and branding!

Ewelina HoldredgeEwelina Zajac-Holdredge is the founder and creative director of IdeaKraft, a website development, packaging design and digital marketing agency with offices in Binghamton, NY and New Orleans, LA.

The Chloe Capital team met Ewelina through our work with nonprofit Upstate Venture Connect, when collaborating to strengthen entrepreneurial activity in the greater Binghamton area. A friendship was born, and soon after Ewelina joined Chloe Capital’s mission to reduce the gender gap in entrepreneurship. Idea Kraft has been a major supporter of Chloe Capital since our Women Investor’s Accelerator, and continues to help advance our movement through the redesign of our website: ChloeCapital.com.

Idea Kraft is a WBE, WOSB and EDWOSB Certified Woman Owned Business that works with a variety of clients, from early-stage startups, to global Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Idea Kraft is changing communities one branding at a time through Re-Kraft, a bi-annual event where the Idea Kraft team volunteers their time to rebrand a startup, non-profit or small business in New Orleans or Binghamton within 48 hours. Idea Kraft also hosts meetups for creative entrepreneurs, and recently launched Baseline Type, a resource for anyone looking to easily improve the typography on their website.

We applaud Ewelina’s unique vision and entrepreneurial spirit. Her award-winning design work has been recognized by many influential design organizations and media publications. How lucky are we to have such talent in our corner. Thank you Idea Kraft!

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Chloe Capital Update

We’re feeling the love, friends! Since Chloe Capital announced our plan to travel around the country in search of the most promising women-led innovation companies, requests from community leaders interested in us stopping in their city has been tremendous. We’re currently in the planning stages with leaders in Binghamton, Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Rochester, with conversations moving forward with Austin and San Francisco. Thank you to everyone who has reached out. We welcome your partnership and look forward to making the Chloe Capital Tour a true milestone in our mission to reduce the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Chloe Capital will be announcing our first tour location soon. Investors, Startups and Sponsors can apply to participate in the national tour now. You do not need to be located within a tour city to participate. Join the Chloe Capital Tour

The Power of Community – The story behind Chloe Capital’s new look 2018-07-10T01:45:11+00:00

Chloe Capital Launches Major Initiative to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Selects Founder of Mi Padrino, Mother of Five, for First Investment

NEW YORK, November 22, 2017 – Chloe Capital jumpstarts a venture capital fund focused on supporting women-led tech companies during their Women Investor Accelerator. The initiative brought together leading women entrepreneurs and pioneers in angel investing and venture capital for a two day educational and networking retreat. This unified effort has assisted in expanding opportunities, funding, and other resources for women entrepreneurs.

 Photo by Heather Ainsworth Photo by Heather Ainsworth

The launch of Chloe Capital’s mission comes at a time of increasing focus on the imbalance of resources available to women entrepreneurs. According to a recent study by the Diana International Research Network at Babson College, only 2.7% of all U.S. companies receiving venture capital have a woman CEO.

“Over my 20 year career as a serial entrepreneur in the tech space, I have personally experienced the gender gap in technology and entrepreneurship. Often, I’ve been the only woman in a room of hundreds of people,” said founding partner, Elisa Miller-Out. “We are building something new around women and technology, entrepreneurship, and diversity in tech. Chloe Capital’s mission is to have more diverse voices at the table building this future together.”

The name Chloe Capital is a combination of Elisa’s daughters’ names. “The idea is to empower our next generation and build a better future for all of our daughters and granddaughters. We are doing this so that they have the opportunity to follow their dreams and become entrepreneurs and investors, if they so choose, and be supported by a community of amazing female role models,” she added.

Kim Gamez is the CEO and Cofounder of Mi Padrino. After winning the seed investment during the Chloe Capital Women Investor Accelerator, Kim confessed having felt defeated at times until this milestone.

“I honestly was not expecting to win. I know I have a great platform, but I’ve been pitching mostly in the midwest where there are not a lot of female founders and predominantly only male investors. As a mother and woman business owner, I just haven’t felt understood,” said Gamez. “Now here I am, surrounded by a group of amazing, supportive women, who didn’t bat an eyelash when during the awards ceremony I was literally in the back corner breastfeeding my six-week-old! Could you imagine if I was in a room full of men? That would have been crazy,” she laughed. “I’m so honored. And all I can say is women, we can do this. We can do this together.”

Mi Padrino, is an event planning site focused on the Hispanic community. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mi Padrino launched in late June of this year and already has over 50,000 users on the platform.

As part of the launch, Chloe Capital unveiled a key partnership with Astia Angels that provides the winner with the opportunity to pitch Astia investors for a potential co-investment. Workshops during the Accelerator also engaged area innovators in a collaborative effort to understand the challenges and needs of women entrepreneurs.

“Our larger mission is to develop solutions that address the gender gap in technology, entrepreneurship and investing,” said Chloe Capital partner, Kathryn Cartini. “We want to see the numbers move from less than 5% of women founders being funded in the venture capital space, to 50% plus, which is where we are in the population.”

Chloe Capital saw their vision come to life during the Women Investor Accelerator. Women representing a diverse range of communities, including the African American, LatinX and Asian American communities, participated. These entrepreneurs, investors and supporters also included a vast age range. The Accelerator convened women from all over the world to take part in the mission. Representatives from Pipeline Angels, Astia Angels, NY Angels, Portfolia, Red Bear Angels, Plum Alley Investments, Gotham Gal, Golden Seeds, Ellevate and the Launch NY Seed Fund were all present.

The four other startup founders who participated in the Accelerator will continue to receive mentorship from Chloe Capital and their team of trusted advisors. These companies include:

Beseeq – Advertising and sales channel that lets advertisers send messages directly to target consumers, and pays consumers for watching ads. Advertisers pay the fee. Consumers own their data. CEO, Lisa Hammitt.

ExemptMeNow – Platform that makes creating and maintaining high-performance tax exempt organizations – simple. Revolutionizing the incorporation, exemption and compliance processes for nonprofits. CEO, Sevetri Wilson.

Mission 360 – On demand health community in partnership with fitness, yoga, and meditation studios and instructors. Allows users to stream their favorite videos anytime, from any device. CEO, Erin Sykes.

Raybaby – The world’s only non-contact health and sleep baby monitor, users can check baby’s vitals anytime with a mobile app. The submarine tech tracks respiration rate, and uses AI to infer sleep. Raybaby is a registered vendor for Target and Amazon, and the team is supported by Johnson & Johnson. CEO, Ranjana Nair.

View the complete program for the Chloe Capital Women Investor Accelerator here.

“Gender diversity and equality is not just a women’s problem. It’s a problem for all of us to address, and the solution will benefit all of us,” said Miller-Out. “This Accelerator was a test and a testament to the quality and quantity of entrepreneurs and investors ready to decrease the gender gap in women in tech. It’s clear we’ve tapped into something that is needed, and so important. We’re excited to be a part of it, and we cannot wait to see what happens next,” she added.

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About Chloe Capital

Chloe Capital is a micro-VC fund with a vision to advance entrepreneurship, investment and economic opportunities for women of all colors. We work with diverse teams who are building innovative, thriving companies with emerging technologies and shaping the future in exciting ways. Chloe Capital is located in Upstate NY – centered around some of the top research universities in the world. We’re open to investments and investors throughout the U.S. Learn more at ChloeCapital.com.

About Mi Padrino

Mi Padrino is an event planning site providing a simple alternative to traditional methods of organizing, planning and funding Hispanic events. We help people share event details with friends and family instantly, allowing them to take part in the celebration no matter where they are in the world. Learn more at MiPadrino.com.

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Chloe Capital Launches Major Initiative to Support Women Entrepreneurs 2018-06-23T01:43:03+00:00