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Fashion Tech Company Pivots On-Demand US Manufacturing Platform to Help Face Mask Shortage Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

NEW YORK — On-demand manufacturing platform N.A.bld (pronounced “enabled” NAbld.com), a venture-backed SaaS company, announced their initiative to manufacture fabric face masks for frontline workers amidst a national shortage of PPE in the Covid19 pandemic. Beginning March 21, 2020, N.A.bld mobilized their network of partner small-batch manufacturers around the USA to begin production of cotton face masks. Through the N.A.bld platform manufacturers and sewing hobbyists can access a full tech pack for a fabric face mask, step-by-step instructions, a printable pattern, and support resources free of charge so masks can be made in the safety of one’s home.  

The initiative started after cofounder and CEO Amanda Curtis’ husband, a doctor on the frontline of the COVID19 pandemic, was informed by the CDC to be prepared to bring a bandana to work as national supply of N95 and sterile surgical masks diminish. Within two days of receiving that information, an N.A.bld prototype and pattern based off of the Deaconess Hospital Mask was created and launched on N.A.bld with the digitized pattern. 

Through nabld.com/make-a-face-mask site manufacturers and sewing hobbyists across the USA can sign up to join the manufacturing partner labor force and centers of care can also submit requests for masks. Within three hours of launching over eight thousand masks were requested by hospitals. Since launch over 17,000 masks have been requested from care centers around the country from nursing homes, hospitals, fire stations, and urgent care centers. 

“Just as the American fashion industry came together in WWII to sew uniforms for soldiers, we are mobilizing the apparel industry to come together to protect our front line in this war against COVID19. The difference is that we’re able to use our technology to achieve the same goal at scale while keeping everyone isolated and safe. N.A.bld was built for just-in-time  decentralized, on-demand manufacturing and I’m glad that we’re able to provide a solution that can mobilize our nation’s workforce of sewers and manufacturers,” said Co-Founder and CEO Amanda Curtis. 

Within a day of launching the initiative Fabric.com, an Amazon company, generously offered to donate cotton materials and ship direct to participating production facilities across the U.S. from their warehouse in Georgia. 

To help fund production costs, a “Buy one, Give Many” campaign was launched on N.A.bld’s sister site, the pre-sale marketplace NineteenthAmendment.com. The public can purchase a facemask for themselves while donating facemasks to centers of need in quantities of 5, 10, 50, 100, or 1,000. It is the company’s hope that by giving the public access to fabric face masks that they will donate any N95 and surgical masks to hospitals in need. This is a 100% not-for-profit initiative with all proceeds going towards the creation and distribution of masks. Donors can monitor their impact on nabld.com/make-a-face-mask where progress is tracked daily in the “Updates” section. 

N95 and sterile surgical masks are the first option for PPE. Many hospitals are now having staff use one N95 mask per staff member per shift. The fabric face masks can be used on top of N95 and surgical facemasks to prolong the use of these masks. Facilities that receive fabric face masks are instructed to wash and sterilize these masks upon receiving them before they are used. 

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N.A.bld MEDIA CONTACT:
Amanda Curtis
617-777-4171
amanda@nineteenthamendment.com

 

MORE ABOUT N.A.bld
N.A.bld It  is a production management tool that enables sustainable pre-selling and on-demand quick turn manufacturing for brands. N.A.bld software has been powering the pre-sale marketplace NineteenthAmendment.com for years, enabling inventory-free retailing and making sustainable collaborations with brands like Macy’s, Disney, Microsoft, and Bravo’s Project Runway.  Through the N.A.bld platform brands can digitize their tech packs, connect with a network of vetted, USA-based manufacturers to get bids, create automatic purchase orders and bills of materials, visualize per unit and per run costs, and communicate with manufacturers throughout the process. Additionally, brands can choose to include customers in the manufacturing process through automatic updates sent straight from the real-time production timeline.

Accompanying ‘Images for Use’ can be accessed here. 

Fashion Tech Company Pivots On-Demand US Manufacturing Platform to Help Face Mask Shortage Amid Covid-19 Pandemic2020-04-02T15:07:23+00:00

Female Founders Win Big, Next Stop Queen City & Journey Foods Founder Pitches for $2MM

Journey Foods is using AI to make foods more nutritious for Fortune 500 brands, including Ingredion and Unilever. Co-founder / CEO Riana Lynn was recognized by MIT Technology Review as a 35 Innovator Under 35. Riana will now participate in the Female Founders Competition for $2MM.

Female Founders Win Big, Next Stop Queen City & Journey Foods Founder Pitches for $2MM2020-04-02T12:48:21+00:00

Invest In Women Tour Hits New Orleans; Big Wins for Female Founders

Invest In Women: Future of Work & Education

Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation move capital to women entrepreneurs and rally the masses in support of their Movement to decrease the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. 

For Immediate Release

New Orleans (Feb. 12, 2020) – After an intense 24-hours of investor networking and pitches, three female founders earn investments from Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation, plus additional investments, prizes and connections to grow their ventures. 

Girls just want to have funds! Chloe Capital is a venture capital firm that travels across the U.S. catalyzing a Movement to decrease the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. This comes at a time when  women-led companies receive less than 3 percent of venture capital, and only .2 percent goes to African American female founders. During the Future of Work & Education program in New Orleans held on February 6, 2020 at The Shop at The CAC, Chloe Capital collaborated with ECMC Foundation to move $275,000 to female founders at the forefront of EdTech. 

As part of a trilogy of events, New Orleans is the second stop on the #InvestInWomen Tour to advance solutions in education innovation, college success, career readiness, and workforce transformation. Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation have joined forces to embed themselves into emerging startup communities like New Orleans, otherwise overlooked by traditional investors. 

“It’s an honor to Invest In Women in New Orleans as a native of this beautiful city. It’s a dream come true to be surrounded by family and a community of supporters,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner, Chloe Capital. “Our programs are designed to educate the community, and we wholeheartedly enjoyed seeing the audience get inspired by the innovation in the room.” 

Selected from over 2000 women-led companies, five female founders were chosen to participate in this special program, which is designed to catalyze fundraising efforts. Congratulations to Janna Westbrook, Founder / CEO of Provider Pool, an online labor marketplace that connects hospitals to nurses for on-demand staffing needs. Janna and co-founder Rodney McGee were offered investment opportunities from both Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation for a total of $100,000. ECMC Foundation also extended Jennifer Kushshell, Founder / CEO of EYP Ventures a $100,000 investment. Exploring Your Potential ™ is redefining workforce readiness with a multimedia platform for career planning. 

“Cheers to another amazing program celebrating the Future of Work & Education,” said Jessica Haselton, Director of Education Innovation Ventures, ECMC Foundation. “ECMC Foundation is excited to co-invest with Chloe Capital on Provider Pool, and provide an additional investment to EYP Ventures. It’s clear we’re stronger together, and the Movement is alive!”  

Chloe Capital also allocated a second investment in Beth Porter, Co-founder / CEO of Riff Analytics, an AI platform that uses audio and text data to track behaviors, like bias and dominance, in the workplace. In addition to receiving a $50,000 investment from Chloe Capital, investor panelist Jason Palmer, Partner at New Markets Venture Partners, announced a personal co-investment of $25,000 in Riff Analytics. 

“We pride ourselves on being service-oriented investors, extensions of the team with a willingness to assist our portfolio companies on every level,” said Kathryn Cartini, Partner, Chloe Capital. “As part of our Movement to Invest in Women, we tap investor panelists like Jason (Palmer) on the shoulder early in our due diligence process to provide valuable insight on the investment potential of our candidates, and consider inking deals themselves. Jason was so impressed with Beth (Porter) and Riff Analytics, he delighted us with a personal investment on the spot!”

Jean Hammond, General Partner of the LearnLaunch Accelerator; Chloe Capital investor and life-long educator Lee Kaltman; Peter Liu, Vice President of Pritzker Group Venture Capital; Valerie Novakoff, Founder of Broadway Women’s Fund; and Kim Seals, General Partner of The JumpFund also took time out of their busy schedules to help each founder catalyze even more investments.  

Guests were also treated to an evening of entertainment and innovation featuring acclaimed jazz singer Charmaine Neville, and local advocate Syrita Steib, Co-founder of Operation Restoration. Each woman shared personal stories about how they turned obstacles into opportunities, and encouraged everyone in the audience to do the same. 

View all female founders, investor panelists and speakers who participated in the Movement at ChloeCapital.com/New-Orleans.

The next stop on the Invest In Women Tour is in Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2020. Applications to participate in this program end on February 12, 2020. Apply for funding opportunities at ChloeCapital.com/funding. Female founders do not need to be based in Charlotte, NC to pitch or receive funding. 

Media and community members are invited to attend the live pitch portion of the program in Charlotte, NC, which will happen on May 19, 2020. RSVP here: InvestInWomen-CLT.eventbrite.com

 

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Contact:
Kathryn Cartini
Chloe Capital
kathryn@chloecapital.com  
(978) 225-3288

About ECMC Foundation___________
ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. ECMCFoundation.org

About Chloe Capital_______________
In 2017, Chloe Capital set out to #InvestInWomen. Today, the New York-based VC firm is being recognized as a Movement that empowers approximately 10,000 supporters, investors and women-led innovation companies. The firm partners with foundations, universities and corporations to host fundraising programs for women entrepreneurs in cities across the U.S. The Chloe Capital Fund makes investments in the most promising women-led companies in their network. ChloeCapital.com

 

Invest In Women Tour Hits New Orleans; Big Wins for Female Founders2020-04-02T12:50:43+00:00

5 Female Founders Pitch for Investments; Application Deadline February 12, 2020

National Movement to Invest in Women Entrepreneurs
Coming to Charlotte, NC 

5 Female Founders Pitch for Investments; Application Deadline February 12, 2020

For Immediate Release

Charlotte, NC, January 21, 2020  Despite recent progress, women-led companies still received less than 3% of all venture capital in 2019. 

Chloe Capital is a new breed of VC committed to decreasing the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. In two years, the firm has rallied a national network of female founders, impact investors and industry leaders to lead world change. 

“Numbers are rising but not fast enough, and yet female founded companies outperform their male peers by 60% in terms of value for investors. Female entrepreneurs are good at identifying market opportunities, adapting to change,  innovating, creating value and keeping costs low,said Suzanne Cryer in support of the Movement. Suzanne plays venture capitalist, Laurie Bream, on HBO’s hit show, “Silicon Valley.” 

To these ends, Chloe Capital is being recognized as a Movement to #InvestInWomen, which lands in Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2020. We invite all media to call attention to not only a night of innovation, but a rare opportunity for women entrepreneurs to pitch for investments in their companies. At least one female founder will receive up to $250,000 in investments from Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation. 

ECMC Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes. The Foundation makes grants and investments in companies advancing solutions in college success and career readiness.

“Our goal at ECMC Foundation is to support innovations in education that impact underserved learners,” said Jessica Haselton, Director of Education Innovation Ventures, ECMC Foundation. “We’re taking the Future of Work & Education to Charlotte, our third stop to Invest In Women. I encourage all female founders to apply for this investment opportunity from ECMC Foundation and our partners at Chloe Capital.”

Chloe Capital’s signature programs are designed to connect VC-ready female founders with funding opportunities in 24 hours. Founders also gain visibility and connections to industry leaders who help drive businesses forward after investments. In partnership with ECMC Foundation, Chloe Capital has produced programs in Los Angeles (October 30, 2019), and New Orleans (February 6, 2020). Our next program will be held in Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2020. 

RSVP > InvestInWomen-CLT.eventbrite.com 

“It’s been a decade since I lived and worked in Charlotte, NC,” said Kathryn Cartini, Partner, Chloe Capital. “Known as the second largest banking city in the nation, I commend Charlotte on a glorious rebound after the recession. I believe betting on innovation made the difference, and I’m excited to meet the community leaders who lead the way,” she added.  

In addition to a night of innovation focused on celebrating diversity and inclusion, we ask for your support in sharing these funding opportunities. Applications are open for women entrepreneurs to pitch in Charlotte for investments in their companies. Five women-led companies building solutions in Education and Workforce Innovation will be chosen to participate in the Charlotte program, and pitch for up to $250,000 in investments from Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation. Founders do not need to be located in Charlotte, NC, nor will they need to relocate their businesses to participate in this opportunity. The application deadline is February 12, 2020.

APPLY > ChloeCapital.com/funding

“Recruiting the most promising female founders is an honor,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner, Chloe Capital. “Every single woman invited to participate in our programs, connect with our co-investors and receive Chloe Capital investment is a Champion. It’s our job to find them and help make their dreams come true.” 

Together with ECMC Foundation, Chloe Capital will deploy $750,000 to early-stage, women-led companies across the U.S. Join the Movement to #InvestInWomen. Spread the word about the next pitch event in Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2020, and let women entrepreneurs everywhere know about this funding opportunity. The application deadline is February 12, 2020. 

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Contact:
Kathryn Cartini
Chloe Capital
kathryn@chloecapital.com
(978) 225-3288

About ECMC Foundation___________

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. ECMCFoundation.org

About Chloe Capital_______________

In 2017, Chloe Capital set out to #InvestInWomen. Today, the New York-based VC firm is being recognized as a Movement that empowers approximately 10,000 supporters, investors and women-led innovation companies. The firm partners with foundations, universities and corporations to host fundraising programs for women entrepreneurs in cities across the U.S. The Chloe Capital Fund makes investments in the most promising women-led companies in their network. ChloeCapital.com

5 Female Founders Pitch for Investments; Application Deadline February 12, 20202020-04-02T12:50:32+00:00

$250,000 Earmarked for Female Founders Building Solutions in Postsecondary Education 

 

Invest In Women: Future of Work & Education

New Orleans, LA – February 06, 2020

For Immediate Release

New Orleans (January 5 , 2020 )— The Chloe Capital National Tour arrives in New Orleans, LA on February 06, 2020. Chloe Capital has teamed up with ECMC Foundation to invest up to $250,000 during Invest In Women: Future of Work & Education. This is the second experience in a trilogy of programs with ECMC Foundation geared towards advancing solutions in postsecondary education: college success, career readiness, and workforce transformation, with the first held in Los Angeles, C.A. and the finale taking place in Charlotte, N.C. this spring.

With less than three percent of female founders receiving venture capital funding, Chloe Capital’s signature programs were designed as fundraising opportunities for women entrepreneurs. In the course of 24 hours, women participate in founder / investor activities focused on building relationship capital. Each program ends with a Shark Tank-style pitch event for women entrepreneurs. Join us in New Orleans on February 6, 2020 to find out which women-led company will receive investments from Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation. 

“After a great experience in Los Angeles, we’re excited to continue investing in women-led companies alongside Chloe Capital in New Orleans,” said Jessica Haselton, Director of Education Innovation Ventures, ECMC Foundation. “This next wave of female founders are leading innovative ventures in education and workforce,” she added.  

Here are the female founders selected from over 2000 applicants to join our Movement : 

 

Jennifer Kushell Founder of EYP Ventures

Jennifer Kushell

Founder / CEO, EYP Ventures

Marina Del Rey, California

ExploringYourPotential.com 

1 billion young people are entering the global workforce. Are your students ready to compete? EYP Ventures is redefining workforce readiness with Exploring Your Potential – a multimedia platform for career planning. EYP is currently used by colleges and universities including the University of Texas and the State University of New York (SUNY).

 

Ariel Lopez Founder of Knac

Ariel Lopez

Co-founder / CEO, Knac

New York, New York

Knac.io

Companies spend over $14B each year on recruiting software, yet over 50 percent of executives say finding the right talent is their biggest concern. Knac is a hiring platform that improves the candidate experience. Companies including Nike, Google, eBay and Snapchat use Knac to help screen, manage and provide feedback to applicants.  

 

 

Leah Lykins Founder of WhereWeGoLeah Lykins

Co-Founder, WhereWeGo

New Orleans, Louisiana

WhereWeGo.org

6 out of 10 job openings require training beyond high school. Built by educators and tested by students, WhereWeGo is a content management system for training programs. Career seekers compare costs, outcomes, and future salaries of education opportunities by region.  Partnerships include Tulane University and the City of New Orleans.

 

Beth Porter Founder Riff AnalyticsBeth Porter

Co-founder / CEO, Riff Analytics 

Newton Center, Massachusetts

Rifflearning.com

Companies spend billions on training and coaching to help managers develop social skills. Riff Analytics is an AI platform that uses audio and text data to track behaviors like bias and dominance. Users build self-awareness by receiving real-time feedback. The government of Canada is using Riff to expand their innovation footprint and spur culture change. 

 

Janna Westbrook Founder of Provider PoolJanna Westbrook

Founder / CEO, Provider Pool 

St. Louis, Missouri

ProviderPool.co 

Hospitals need nurses, and competition for talent is intense. Powered by technology, younger nursing professionals have new needs and behaviors. Made by nurses for nurses, Provider Pool is an online labor marketplace that connects hospitals to nurses for on-demand staffing needs. It’s the future of work in healthcare, used by over 400 nurses. 

In addition to partaking in a live pitch event, guests will gain inspiration from world-class speakers including: Jennifer Indovina, CEO, Tenrehte Technologies; Sumi Krishnan, Founder / President, K4 Solutions; Kate Brodock, CEO, Women 2.0; and Carrie Norton, Founder / CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP. A panel of experienced investors will provide valuable feedback on the investment potential of each company. 

“The panelists invited to participate in our programs represent active investors who now have the opportunity to invest alongside Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation,” said Kathryn Cartini, Partner, Chloe Capital. “We believe collaborative investing at the seed stage is the way forward.” Investor panelists include: Jean Hammond, General Partner, LearnLaunch Accelerator; Peter Liu, Vice President, Pritzker Group Venture Capital; Kim Seals, General Partner, The JumpFund; and Jason Palmer, General Partner, New Markets Venture Partners. 

Months prior to each event, Chloe Capital performs thorough due diligence on each company. Industry experts collaborate on business, technology, finance, and IP analysis, to support investment decisions. To help catalyze long-lasting success, Chloe Capital will also drive business for these founders after each program by tapping into its national network of 10,000 founders, investors, and community leaders. Supporting companies already paying it forward with free and discounted professional services include HubSpot, Google for Startups, TriNet, and Cooley LLP.

 “There’s magic to this Movement,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner, Chloe Capital. “Community is at the foundation of our signature programs. All are welcome to experience the Movement by attending our shows, which are free and open to the public. Investors are also encouraged to participate. We’re raising millions for these founders, and together, having a major impact!” 

Miss the chance to apply to pitch in New Orleans? No problem. Female founders can apply for funding anytime at ChloeCapital.com/funding. The Chloe Capital National Tour hits Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2020. Founders do not need to be based in Charlotte, NC to pitch or receive funding. The application deadline for this opportunity ends on February 12, 2020. 

 

Media and community members are invited to attend all shows. RSVP here: 

InvestInWomen-NOLA.eventbrite.com

InvestInWomen-CLT.eventbrite.com 

 

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Contact
Kathryn Cartini
Chloe Capital
kathryn@chloecapital.com
(978) 225-3288

 

About ECMC Foundation___________

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. ECMCFoundation.org

 

About Chloe Capital_______________

Chloe Capital is more than a VC firm – we’re a Movement. Despite recent progress, less than 3% of women-led companies receive venture capital in the U.S. Yet studies show that companies with women leaders generate more sales, exist faster and produce greater returns for investors. In partnership with foundations, universities and corporate innovators, Chloe Capital has set out on a National Tour to #InvestInWomen. ChloeCapital.com

 

$250,000 Earmarked for Female Founders Building Solutions in Postsecondary Education 2020-04-02T12:51:47+00:00

ECMC Foundation Partners with Chloe Capital to Invest in Women

Next Stops on National Tour: Los Angeles, New Orleans and Charlotte

For Immediate Release

New York (August 13, 2019)—ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital have joined forces to provide funding to women entrepreneurs at the helm of early-stage ventures. Together, the organizations are hosting a trilogy of 1-day pop-up accelerators in the following cities:

Invest In Women: Future of Work & Education

These new funding opportunities are part of a National Tour for women-led innovation companies, which comes at a time when female founders receive less than 5 percent of all venture capital.

Five women-led companies will be selected to pitch their ventures in each city. The winners will receive investments of up to $250,000. 

“We’re excited to now partner with Chloe Capital to invest in women entrepreneurs,” said Jessica Haselton, director of program-related investments, ECMC Foundation. “This Movement aligns perfectly with ECMC Foundation’s mission to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes–especially among underserved populations.”

Last year the Foundation began making program-related investments in companies aiming to improve educational outcomes and economic mobility among students from underserved backgrounds. ECMC Foundation provides flexible, risk capital to early-stage ventures and entrepreneurs through various programs which focus on innovation in postsecondary education.

In November 2017, Chloe Capital set out on a National Tour to invest in the most promising women-led innovation companies. Today, the New York-based VC firm is being recognized as a Movement that empowers approximately 11,000 founders, investors and innovation supporters.

“In collaboration with ECMC Foundation we’re excited to announce the expansion of our Movement to LA, New Orleans and Charlotte,” said Kathryn Cartini, partner, Chloe Capital.

“We’re moving capital in each city we visit, and empowering women leaders with each step we take,” added Elisa Miller-Out, partner, Chloe Capital.

Companies with creative innovations and ideas in Education Innovation, College Success, Career Readiness and Workforce Transformation are encouraged to apply for funding at ChloeCapital.com/funding. Companies do not need to be located in Los Angeles to pitch or receive investments. In addition to receiving funding from ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital, founders will gain visibility and connections to top-tier investors. 

Media and community members are also invited to attend the show. RSVP at
InvestInWomen-LA.eventbrite.com
InvestInWomen-NOLA.eventbrite.com
InvestInWomen-CLT.eventbrite.com

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Contact
Kathryn Cartini
Chloe Capital
kathryn@chloecapital.com
(978) 225-3288

About ECMC Foundation___________

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. ECMCFoundation.org

About Chloe Capital_______________

Chloe Capital is more than a VC firm – we’re a Movement. Despite recent progress, less than 5% of women-led companies receive venture capital in the U.S. Yet companies with women leaders statistically perform better and produce greater returns for investors. In partnership with foundations, universities and corporate innovators, Chloe Capital has set out on a national tour to #InvestInWomen. ChloeCapital.com

ECMC Foundation Partners with Chloe Capital to Invest in Women2019-09-27T03:41:18+00:00

Female Founders Bring Education Innovation to LA

OCT 30 2019: ECMC Foundation & Chloe Capital Partner to #InvestInWomen

For Immediate Release

LOS ANGELES (JULY 30, 2019 )—ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital have joined forces to provide funding to women entrepreneurs at the helm of early-stage ventures.

Five women-led companies will be selected to pitch their ventures during the Invest In Women: Future of Work & Education, a 1-day pop-up accelerator event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. The winner of the pitch will be awarded a prize of up to $250,000. This collaboration comes at a time when women founders receive less than 5 percent of all venture capital.  

“Our investments seed, develop and help new ventures and entrepreneurs prove market viability in order to attract additional financing, grow and scale their work,” said Jessica Haselton, director of program-related investments, ECMC Foundation. “We’re excited to now partner with Chloe Capital on a movement to invest in women entrepreneurs. Our goal is to generate further positive impact on learners from underserved populations.”

In addition to traditional grantmaking, ECMC Foundation provides flexible, risk capital to early-stage ventures and entrepreneurs through its Education Innovation Ventures program. The Foundation last year began making  program-related investments in companies aiming to improve educational outcomes and economic mobility among students from underserved backgrounds. 

In November 2017, Chloe Capital set out on a National Tour to invest in the most promising women-led innovation companies. Today, the New York-based VC firm is being recognized as a Movement that empowers approximately 11,000 founders, investors and innovation supporters.

“In collaboration with ECMC Foundation we’re excited to announce the expansion of our Movement to LA, and several other cities across the U.S.,” said Elisa Miller-Out, partner, Chloe Capital. 

“We’re moving capital in each city we visit, and empowering women leaders with each step we take,” added Kathryn Cartini, partner, Chloe Capital. 

Companies with creative innovations and ideas in Education Innovation, College Success, Career Readiness and Workforce Transformation are encouraged to apply for funding at ChloeCapital.com/funding. Companies do not need to be located in Los Angeles to pitch or receive investments. In addition to receiving funding from ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital, founders will gain visibility and connections to top-tier investors. 

Media and community members are also invited to attend the show. RSVP at InvestInWomen-LA.eventbrite.com

ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital are offering additional funding opportunities and pitch events in New Orleans, LA on February 6, 2020, and Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2020. Learn more at ChloeCapital.com/funding.

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Contact
Kathryn Cartini
Chloe Capital
kathryn@chloecapital.com
(978) 225-3288

About ECMC Foundation___________

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. ECMCFoundation.org

About Chloe Capital_______________

Chloe Capital is more than a VC firm – we’re a Movement. Despite recent progress, less than 5% of women-led companies receive venture capital in the U.S. Yet companies with women leaders statistically perform better and produce greater returns for investors. In partnership with foundations, universities and corporate innovators, Chloe Capital has set out on a national tour to #InvestInWomen. ChloeCapital.com

Female Founders Bring Education Innovation to LA2020-04-02T12:53:31+00:00

Women Entrepreneurs to Receive Equal Opportunities on May 1, 2019

Less than 5% of venture capital goes to women-led tech companies;
It’s time to stop talking about the gender gap, and start advancing solutions to correct it.

April 29, 2019

(RELEASE) Upstate New York – Chloe Capital is proud to support a movement that helps women entrepreneurs receive opportunities equal to our male counterparts.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, five women-led innovation companies will present their companies for their chance at a $100,000 investment. Finalists will also meet members of Chloe Capital’s national network of co-investors and supporters.

AlpStories, Cora Home, Heat Inverse, My Wellbeing and United Aircraft Technologies (company descriptions below) were selected from a national pool of over 1500 applicants.

This pitch event is part of the first ever Binghamton Women Investors Forum. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 1 from 5-8 p.m. at Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, 125 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are on sale now.southerntierincubator.com/summit

According to a new article released by Fortune this year, funding for female founders has stalled at 2.2% of venture capital dollars. “That’s 2.2% of the $130 billion total in venture capital money invested over the year—the exact same percentage that Fortune reported for 2017.”

“Ever since I started my career as a serial tech entrepreneur, I’ve seen firsthand how female founders are getting overlooked, and underestimated,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Founding Partner at Chloe Capital. “We’re coming to Binghamton to invest in women with funding, connections and mentorship.”

“Chloe Capital has over 10,000 supporters in our national network. All of them have raised their hand in support of our mission. This makes Chloe Capital more than a venture capital firm – we’re a Movement,” added Kathryn Cartini, Partner at Chloe Capital.

Congratulations to the companies selected to participate in the Binghamton Women Investors Forum on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

AlpStories (Atlanta, GA)
Co-founder & CEO, Astrid Androsch

1st made-to-order beauty brand. AlpStories’ patented BeautyWizard uses advanced robotics to create skincare products based on customer needs.

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Cora (Chicago, IL)
Founder & CEO, Sara Taylor-Demos

AI-driven B2B marketplace for designers and trade vendors. Cora aggregates trade product search and digitizes trade account signups, making sourcing, discoverability and doing business — pain free.

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Heat Inverse (Ithaca, NY)
Founder & CEO, Romy M. Fain, PhD

Heat Inverse creates 100% passive cooling thin-films. This novel technology gets cold without energy input, and generates zero waste heat. Manufacturers benefit from increased production and cost efficiency.

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My Wellbeing (New York, NY)
Founder & CEO, Alyssa Petersel

My Wellbeing matches therapy-seekers with compatible talk therapists and wellness coaches. Receive matches within hours, and use the platform to schedule appointments.

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United Aircraft Technologies, Inc (Troy, NY)
Founder & CEO, Evaguel Rhysing

United Aircraft Technologies (UAT) has created a new class of fastener for aircraft electrical wiring. The fasteners increase fuel efficiency, decrease hazards and reduce injuries caused by repetitive strain.

Co-investing judges from New York Ventures, Pique Ventures, Launch NY and more will provide valued feedback during the Pitch. Chloe Capital will make the final investment decision, which will be announced live at the event!

The Pitch will be the final event in a day of entrepreneurial-led activities during the 2nd Annual Southern Tier Startup Summit. Everyone from students and entrepreneurs to leaders in venture capital will take part. The summit will be held at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator from 9-5 p.m.

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About Chloe Capital : chloecapital.com

Chloe Capital is a seed-stage VC firm advancing solutions to the gender gap in entrepreneurship. Despite recent progress, less than 5% of all venture capital in the U.S. goes to women-led companies. Chloe Capital invests in women entrepreneurs with money and education – and we’re making our next five investments on the Chloe Capital National Tour. Congratulations to It’s By U, Nineteenth Amendment and Geospiza and Journey Foods for receiving investments on the Tour. Next investment will be announced in Binghamton, NY on May 1, 2019 during the Southern Tier Startup Summit.

Contact : Kathryn Cartini, Partner : kathryn@chloecapital.com

About Koffman Southern Tier Incubator :

he Koffman Southern Tier Incubator is 35,000 sq ft of offices, high tech labs and co-
working space that encourages collaboration and innovation. KSTI was thoughtfully designed to inspire the creation and development of transformational products and ideas. The Koffman is a hub for innovation and technology, with a clean energy focus supported by NYSERDA. Its objective is to provide a range of resources and opportunities that foster and support entrepreneurship in the Southern Tier.

Contact : Laura Holmes, Executive Director : lholmes@binghamton.edu

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Movement Supporting Women Entrepreneurs Lands in Chicago

Less than 5% of venture capital goes to women-led tech companies;
It’s time to stop talking about the gender gap, and start advancing solutions to correct it.

(RELEASE) Chicago, IL – Chloe Capital is proud to support a movement that helps women entrepreneurs receive opportunities equal to our male counterparts.

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, five women-led innovation companies will present their companies for their chance at a $100,000 investment. Finalists will also meet members of Chloe Capital’s national network of co-investors and supporters.

Journey Foods, Paladin, PopCom, TraknProtect and Unruly Studios (company descriptions below) were selected from a national pool of over 1500 applicants.

This pitch event is part of the first ever Chicago Women Investors Forum. The presentations will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Salt Flats Innovation House, located at 113 N. May Street. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are on sale now. ChloeCapital.com/tour-chicago

According to a new article released by Fortune this year, funding for female founders has stalled at 2.2% of venture capital dollars.That’s 2.2% of the $130 billion total in venture capital money invested over the year—the exact same percentage that Fortune reported for 2017.

“Ever since I started my career as a serial tech entrepreneur, I’ve seen firsthand how female founders are getting overlooked, and underestimated,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Founding Partner at Chloe Capital. “We’re coming to Chicago to invest in women with funding, connections and mentorship.”

“Chloe Capital has has over 10,000 supporters in our national network. All of them have raised their hand in support of our mission. This makes Chloe Capital more than a venture capital firm – we’re a Movement,” added Kathryn Cartini, Partner at Chloe Capital.

Congratulations to the companies selected to participate in the Chicago Women Investors Forum on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

 

Journey Foods (Chicago, IL)
Riana Lynn, Founder / CEO

AI-based foodtech. Journey Foods is revolutionizing on-the-go nutrient consumption using food-forward biotechnology.

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Paladin (Chicago, IL)
Kristen Sonday, Co-founder / COO

Global pro bono platform streamlining the process and increasing access to justice for all. Clients include Verizon, Lyft and Dentons.

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PopCom (Columbus, OH)
Dawn Dickson, Founder / CEO

Tech company using SaaS to disrupt self-service retail. PopCom is automating retail, making vending machines smart.

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TraknProtect (Chicago, IL)
Parminder Batra, Co-founder / CEO

Safety solutions for hospitality workers. Servicing the Hilton, Embassy Suites, Marriott Fairfield Inn and more.

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Unruly Studios (Boston, MA)
Bryanne Leeming, Founder / CEO

Teaching kids 6+ how to code through active, recess-style play. The team has industry experience from Hasbro, Mattel, Nickelodeon, Disney and iRobot.

The pitch will culminate in a day of investor-led conversations about how to address inequality in entrepreneurship. Leaders in angel investing and venture capital will host an Investing Workshop on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The Workshop is for all founders (male and female).  It will be held at Salt Flats on 113 N. May Street from 11:30-4PM.

Founders at the helm of high-growth companies will learn from members of Chloe Capital’s national network of co-investors including Sixense Strategy, FinFoundHer, Human Ventures, Social Venture Circle and more. Please let the founders in the Chicago area know about this unprecedented opportunity. With your help, they can receive action-based advice on how to grow their companies from leaders in angel investing and venture capital. Founders can register here for the Workshop here: CHLOESchicago.eventbrite.com.

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About Chloe Capital : chloecapital.com

Chloe Capital is a seed-stage VC firm advancing solutions to the gender gap in entrepreneurship. Despite recent progress, less than 5% of all venture capital in the U.S. goes to women-led companies. Chloe Capital invests in women entrepreneurs with money and education – and we’re making our next five investments on the Chloe Capital National Tour. Congratulations to It’s By U, Nineteenth Amendment and Geospiza for receiving investments on the Tour. Next investments will be announced in Chicago, IL on April 4, 2019, and Binghamton, NY on May 1, 2019 during the Southern Tier Startup Summit.

Contact : Kathryn Cartini, Partner : kathryn@chloecapital.com

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Chloe Capital is moving capital in each city we visit

Artificial Intelligence, Momtech, SaaS, FinTech and Augmented Reality scaleups to take the stage at Chloe Capital’s pitch event for women entrepreneurs

Five Women-led tech companies to pitch for funding; One will receive an investment from Chloe Capital

 

(RELEASE) Denver, CO – On Thursday, February 7, 2019, five of the top women-led tech companies in the nation will present their businesses to a room full of investors and community leaders during the Denver Women Investors Forum (ChloeCapital.com/tour-denver). We invite all media representatives to shine a light on this movement for equality in entrepreneurship.

Geospiza, Lilu, Pagedip, Zeta and VNTANA (company descriptions below) were selected from a national pool of over 1000 applicants. One of these companies will receive an investment from Chloe Capital. The company will be chosen during a pitch event from 5 – 8 PM at Industry RiNo Station, located at 3858 Walnut Street, Denver, CO. Supportive male allies are welcome and encouraged to join us. Tickets are on sale at CHLOESdenver.eventbrite.com.

According to Pitchbook, female founders receive only two percent of all venture capital in the U.S. Yet studies show, companies with female founders perform better than those of their male counterparts. On February 7, Chloe Capital aims to help women entrepreneurs with funding, connections and mentorship.

“Ever since I started my career as a serial tech entrepreneur, I’ve seen firsthand how female founders are getting overlooked, and underestimated,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Founding Partner at Chloe Capital. “We see investing in women as a great opportunity.”

“Our mission is to advance solutions to the gender gap in entrepreneurship, added Chloe Capital Partner Kathryn Cartini. “We further this mission by investing in women-led companies, increasing the number of women investors at the table, and uniting a genuine community committed to supporting women.

Prior to the pitch event, accredited investors and women leaders from the five companies will connect for an invite-only Investor Dinner and Workshop. World-class speakers will lead enrichment programs focused on localized investing in women.  Featured speakers represent Social Venture Circle, Next Wave Impact, Rockies Venture Club, Women Who Startup Foundation and more. Accredited individuals interested in attending the Investor Dinner and Workshop can reach out to Chloe Capital for an invite at info@ChloeCapital.com.

Here are the five women-led tech companies competing for funding:

  • Geospiza, Inc (Denver, CO)
    Co-founder & CEO, Sarah Tuneberg
    Geospiza’s software tools and services help emergency managers, first responders, and corporate leaders make data-driven, evidence-based decisions that reduce risk, enhance resilience, and strengthen communities.
  • Lilu, Inc (New York, NY)
    Co-founder & CEO, Adriana Catalina Vazquez Ortiz
    Lilu builds technology to empower new moms. Their first product, the Lilu Massage Bra, is the first pumping bra with automated massage that gives moms the benefits of breast massage, 100% hands free and hassle free.
  • Pagedip (Boulder, CO)
    Founder & CEO, Sherisse Hawkins
    Looks like a website, acts like a document. Pagedip is a content creation tool for the modern world. From 360º videos, interactive forms and more, Pagedip turns traditional flat documents into media-rich narratives.
  • Zeta (San Francisco, CA)
    Founder & CEO, Aditi Sehkar
    Zeta combines, education, advice and accountability into one personal finance platform for couples. From paying off college debt, to preparing for your first child. Zeta’s mission is to help couples get smarter about money.
  • VNTANA (Los Angeles, CA)
    Co-founder & CEO, Ashley Crowder
    VNTANA’s patented AR platform provides the only interactive holograms with data collection. The results wow consumers while quantifying their engagement. Clients include Pepsi, Nike and Microsoft.

Don’t miss your chance to support these innovation leaders. Register to attend at CHLOESdenver.eventbrite.com

The Denver Women Investors Forum is part of the Chloe Capital National Tour. In addition to Denver, CO, Investing Workshops and Pitch Events are scheduled in Chicago, IL, and Binghamton, NY. Women-led companies ready for venture funding should apply at ChloeCapital.com/tour.

It’s By U received our first investment of the Tour. It’s By U delivers DIY flower arrangement kits directly from the farm to U. Co-founders Caroline and Christine Strzalka will receive a $100,000 investment from Chloe Capital. Get the recap at ChloeCapital.com/tour-rochester

Our second investment will go to Nineteenth Amendment. Co-founders Gemma Sole and Amanda Curtis are moving manufacturing to the cloud. Their revenue-generating SaaS platform for on-demand manufacturing and retailing helps brands pre-sell items directly to shoppers, and connect with vetted U.S. manufacturers. Over 1,000 brands in 30 counties, including Moody’s and Disney, work with Nineteenth Amendment. Get the recap at ChloeCapital.com/tour-boston

Both It’s By U and Nineteenth Amendment have already been selected to pitch our co-investing partner, Astia Angels, for follow-on funding.

Chloe Capital would like to thank our City Champions: P2B Investor, Peak Impact Consulting, Project X-ITE, Women’s Investor Network and the Women Who Startup Foundation.

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About Chloe Capital : chloecapital.com
Chloe Capital is a seed-stage VC firm that invests in women-led innovation companies. Founded by three women tech-trepreneurs, Chloe Capital made its first investment in October 2017 during the firm’s inaugural Women Investors Accelerator. Since, Chloe Capital has helped Mi Padrino secure major deals with Mattel and raise an additional $2 million. Chloe Capital is now venturing forward to advance solutions to the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital, which is furthered by the firm’s investments and community programs. Learn more at ChloeCapital.com/tour

Contact: Kathryn Cartini, Partner – kathryn@chloecapital.com

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