Five Women-led Climate Tech Companies Selected to Pitch for Investments, Prizes and Mentorship

Diversity In ClimateTech is powered by Chloe Capital and Cornell University, and supported by NYSERDA, to assist BIPOC and women-led companies tackling the world’s climate crisis.

[RELEASE] SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 – New York, NYChloe Capital is excited to announce the five women-led climate technology companies that will join us in Ithaca, NY on October 5-6, 2021 for a 48-hour fundraising experience. 

Chloe Capital and Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) with support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have set out to combine their expertise and resources, resulting in a new program for founders tackling some of our world’s most critical challenges. 

Diversity In ClimateTech aims to recruit, educate, inspire and support the growth of companies led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and women founders on the forefront of clean energy innovations. 

Diversity In ClimateTech includes activities for founders and investors, including a Showcase where founders pitch for investments. At least one founder will receive a Chloe Capital investment of up to $250,000. A panel of potential co-investors representing Armory Square Ventures, Include Venture Partners, The New York Angels,  Aligned Climate Capital and the Clean Energy Ventures will also be on hand to explore the deals. On average, participants in a Chloe Capital program raise $1.5MM.

Chloe Capital’s impact investing initiatives empower other investors to take action. Our goal is to collaborate. As a united front, we can best position founders to achieve success and deliver  healthy returns on investments. During our programs, we like to watch the founders in action, and introduce them to a large community of supporters who are ready to help with both funding and resources,” said Kathryn Cartini, Chloe Capital co-founder and partner. 

Here are the women chosen out of 300 applicants worldwide to participate in Diversity In ClimateTech:

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Dorrit Lowsen
President & Co-Founder, Change Finance
Change-Finance.com
Alexandria, VA

Dorrit Lowsen, Change Finance | Chloe CapitalChange Finance builds performance-oriented investment products that seek to promote a more sustainable world. Transforming capital markets and implementing impact-driven, performance-focused strategies help bring profit to people, planet and investors.

2.

Lisa Altieri
Founder & CEO, BrightAction
BrightAction.com
Palo Alto, CA

Lisa Altieri, BrightAction | Chloe CapitalBrightAction helps companies, organizations and cities to empower their communities on climate change solutions through a collaborative platform using simple, everyday actions to make an impact.  Custom branding, innovative engagement programs, personalized experiences, team and group

3.

Madison Savilow
Founder, Expedition Air
ExpeditionAir.today
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Madison Savilow Founder of Expedition AirExpedition Air was founded on the idea that every product consumers interact with should enable a low carbon future. A spin-out from NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE X-Factor Winner, Carbon Upcycling Technologies, Expedition Air produces advanced solid additives derived from greenhouse emissions and cheaply available solids for use in the consumer products industry.

4.

Martha Montoya
Founder & CEO, Agtools Inc.
Ag.tools
Irvine, CA

Martha Montoya CEO and Founder of AgtoolsAgtools is a worldwide financial intelligence data for the food & agriculture global supply chain offering trusted market official data from around the world, in real-time data for stakeholders to manage market volatility of over 500 commodities at 1 billion transactions per second and avoid CO2/SO2 across their actions.

5.

SaLisa Berrien
Founder & CEO, COI Energy
CoiEnergyServices.com
Tampa, FL / Binghamton, NY / Brooklyn, NY

SaLisa Berrien Founder and CEO of COI EnergyCOI Energy is changing the face of energy with its digital energy management that detects and eliminates energy waste in buildings. COI takes a holistic approach to demand management that includes temporary (emergency curtailments), semi-permanent (peak shaving and load shifting) and permanent (energy efficiency and renewable energy) demand management.

“Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) is proud to participate in this program and help founders extend their company’s impact to the Southern Tier region in New York state. CREA is committed to accelerating the region’s economic growth—focusing on job growth and attracting new businesses,” said Andrea Ippolito, W.E. Cornell program director. 

In addition to the Founder Showcase, Diversity in ClimateTech will also feature New York Times best-selling author, journalist, women’s-advocacy leader Gretchen Carlson. Carlson recently co-founded Lift Our Voices, a non-profit organization with a mission to expose the struggles of female harassment victims. 

GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter and Native American, Joanne Shenandoah, will share a special musical performance. Shenandoah is described as a “cross-cultural and multi-genre artist known for her beautiful vocals and insightful lyrics that nurture the spirit.” Shenandoah has also been recognized as an ambassador of peace, human and earth rights. 

Katie MacDonald, NYSERDA’s Director, Technology to Market said, “We are working together as a community to solve the toughest climate challenges faced across the Southern Tier and New York State while advancing clean energy to enable climate impact. Diversity In ClimateTech allows us to support leading founders at the helm of some of the most promising, cutting-edge innovations and companies.”

Due to Covid restrictions, Diversity in ClimateTech is only open to a select number of founders, investors and community members. If you’re a member of the press, please use the contact information below to connect. All others around the globe can still take part in the experience, which will be broadcasted on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 4pm EST.  Register for free > diversityinclimatetechshow.eventbrite.com

Contact
Kathryn Cartini
Partner, Chloe Capital
kathryn@chloecapital.com 

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About Chloe Capital
Chloe Capital is a  venture capital firm that invests in women-led technology companies. In addition to investing with a gender and diversity lens, Chloe Capital partners with universities, foundations and corporations to host programs that help catalyze fundraising efforts for underrepresented founders. This collaborative approach to early stage investing is what makes the firm so unique. More than 15,000 people around the world have already joined Chloe Capital’s Movement to #InvestInWomen. ChloeCapital.com 

About CREA
Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) fuels economic growth and diversity in Upstate New York through entrepreneurship and innovation. CREA is focused on making a measurable impact by supporting and managing a portfolio of over a dozen programs, including Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, Rev’s Hardware Accelerators, Grow-NY, UNY I-Corps, Cleantech Hardware Scaleup, and many Cornell-facing startup accelerators and fellowships. CREA.Cornell.edu

Five Women-led Climate Tech Companies Selected to Pitch for Investments, Prizes and Mentorship2021-10-02T15:17:22+00:00

Next Wave Impact Reveals Finalists for 2021 Founders of Color Showcase

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — After receiving nearly 50 nominations for its second annual Founders of Color Showcase, global impact investor syndicate Next Wave Impact has selected six finalists who will pitch their companies to an audience of investors, funds and angel groups on May 3, 2021. All founders of color, this year’s innovative startup leaders tackle 10 of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and represent a range of industries including healthcare, education, environment, consumer and cleantech.

Next Wave Impact Reveals Finalists for 2021 Founders of Color Showcase2021-04-21T23:21:00+00:00

Diversity in ClimateTech program to support diverse founders leading clean tech startups

Newswise — ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University and Chloe Capital launched Diversity in ClimateTech, a new program to recruit, educate, inspire, and support capitalization in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and women founders developing startups with clean tech innovations.

Diversity in ClimateTech program to support diverse founders leading clean tech startups2021-04-21T23:52:08+00:00

Decrease the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship with a Donor Advised Fund

Receive a Tax Deduction in 2020 by Creating a Donor Advised Fund Before December 31

For Immediate Release

New York (November 24, 2020 ) — No longer is investing in privately-owned companies reserved for the wealthy. Now, anyone, anywhere can harness philanthropic capital to make an investment in Chloe Capital’s impact fund, which is dedicated to investing in women-led companies with diverse leadership teams > ChloeCapital.com/DAF

Chloe Capital will now accept contributions from individuals, families and foundations who create a Donor Advised Fund with ImpactAssets. All investments under this model are considered irrevocable and tax-deductible contributions. 

Despite recent progress, the U.S. VC Female Founders Dashboard by Pitchbook still shows that less than 2 percent of venture capital in the U.S. goes to female founders. Further reports reveal that African American female founders receive just .2 percent of U.S. funding. 

“The lack of funding to female founders is baffling, especially when study after study shows that women-led companies generate more sales, exit faster and produce greater returns for investors,” said Chloe Capital co-founder and partner Kathryn Cartini. “Chloe Capital’s new approach to investing allows anyone to do well by doing good. No longer is investing in startups reserved for the 1 percent!” 

ImpactAssets is a Donor Advised Fund sponsor, and the leading impact investing partner for philanthropists who take on the world’s greatest challenges by investing in the world’s brightest ideas. Custom Investments, available through the ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund, offer a personalized impact investing experience. Donors can directly invest into Chloe Capital’s impact fund and leave the complexities of handling investment execution, custody, monitoring and servicing issues to ImpactAssets.

“This exciting opportunity provides donors with various benefits including tax advantages, and a way to maximize their charitable contributions. Returns from Chloe Capital can either be reinvested into our impact fund, or recycled for future granting into other charitable causes,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Chloe Capital co-founder and managing partner.  

Contributions can be accepted all year-round. To receive a tax deduction in 2020, custom investments must be made prior to December 31. Donors will also be able to track their investment online through ImpactAssets’ Donor Portal. 

#InvestInWomen > ChloeCapital.com/Contact

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

 

About Chloe Capital_______________
Chloe Capital is a Movement-driven venture capital firm that invests in women-led technology companies with diverse leadership teams. In addition to investing with a gender and diversity lens, Chloe Capital partners with foundations, institutions and corporations to host programs that help catalyze fundraising efforts for female founders. This collaborative approach to early stage investing is what makes the firm so unique. More than 15,000 people around the world have already joined Chloe Capital’s Movement to #InvestInWomen.
ChloeCapital.com

 

Disclaimer_______________
Chloe Capital is not affiliated, endorsed by or in any way officially connected to ImpactAssets Inc.  A contribution to an ImpactAssets Donor Advised Fund represents an irrevocable contribution to ImpactAssets.  Contributions are eligible for a tax-deduction subject to the donor’s individual tax circumstances, are not refundable, become subject to ImpactAssets control and discretion once made, and shall not be deemed a separate trust fund held by ImpactAssets in a trustee capacity.  There are a number of factors to consider when assessing the tax implication of gifts to charity.  Individuals should consult with a tax specialist before making any charitable donations.

 

Decrease the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship with a Donor Advised Fund2021-04-21T22:53:43+00:00

$1.25 Million Invested In Female Founders In Just Six Months

Female Founders Rise Up During COVID-19

ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital deploy $1.25 Million in capital
to female founders over six months

 

NEW YORK, NY  – In partnership with ECMC Foundation, Chloe Capital’s Invest in Women Tour has successfully rallied the masses once again in support of women defining the Future of Work & Education. In the last six months, ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital have deployed over $1.25 million to female founders around the world. 

Jessica Haselton, ECMC Foundation director of program-related investments, reports, “The impact we’ve made for women entrepreneurs has been phenomenal. I’m thrilled to be a part of this effort to make venture capital accessible to often overlooked communities and founders.” In addition, ECMC Foundation has provided ~$2M in rapid response grants to organizations affected by the pandemic and has helped catalyze another ~$4M in grants to provide emergency aid to college students in crisis.

With only two percent of all venture capital going to female founders, the need to unite investors, entrepreneurs, and community members to Invest in Women did not stop at the onset of the pandemic. The decision to create a virtual experience became concrete as government leaders began issuing stay-at-home orders.  

Kathryn Cartini, Chloe Capital partner explains, “We traveled to Los Angeles in December, made a stop in New Orleans in February, and we were just about to take off for Charlotte when the pandemic hit. While we were saddened, this is no time to let funding for women fall to the wayside. Instead, we converted our program online, and more than 600 people from around the world joined us. That’s the Movement in action.”

After reviewing each company’s investment potential in the months leading up to the program, five founders were selected to participate in the 24-hour virtual experience, designed to connect female founders with active investors. Each Chloe Capital program ends with a “Shark Tank”-style pitch event. Community members are invited to join the Movement to Invest In Women by sharing resources and connections.

Janna Westbrook, co-founder and CEO of Provider Pool, recently received a portion of the $1.25M in investment opportunities from both Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation. Westbrook gave the opening remarks during the virtual program, providing inspiration to all. Provider Pool works on the frontlines against COVID-19 by connecting healthcare organizations to nurses. “Work and the workforce are changing right now before our eyes. This is an opportune time to focus on education in the workforce. To the founders, pitch your company from a place of victory, understanding that you’ve already won. And good luck.” 

At a time when companies like Provider Pool are responding to urgent needs created by the COVID-19 crisis, funding opportunities for women entrepreneurs will help scale needed solutions to meet new demands. 

Elisa Miller-Out, Chloe Capital managing partner shares why investing in women makes sense for investors, especially now. “Women leaders are used to overcoming bias, they’re over-prepared, and often held to a higher standard than male founders. In these difficult times, we’re seeing the women of the Chloe Capital portfolio rise up and lead the way forward through crisis.”

The five founders selected to participate in our virtual program are shining examples of this. Each has seen an incredible increase in demand for their solutions to some of the most urgent Workforce and Education needs in the world today, including childcare and student retention. 

Congratulations to BridgeCare’s Jamee Herbert, CEO and co-founder, and JC Kirst, CTO and co-founder, who received a $100,000 investment from Chloe Capital. BridgeCare makes it easy for working parents to find and afford the quality child care that every family deserves.

ECMC Foundation welcomes EdSights co-founders and sisters, Claudia and Carolina Recchi to its portfolio with a $150,000 investment opportunity. EdSights, a conversational AI to solve the college dropout crisis, produces some of the most profound retention outcomes in the student success space. 

Paul Singh, ECMC board member and Rezon8 Capital managing director, also extended an impact investment of $25,000 to Amanda DoAmaral, founder and CEO of Fiveable. Fiveable is a social learning platform for students and teachers to collaborate through live streams, live trivia, and interactive community threads. A crowd favorite, Fiveable is currently focused on AP exam prep.

In addition to Singh, several investors provided valued feedback and connection including: Deborah Quazzo, GSV Ventures; Del Johnson, Indie.vc; Elizabeth Garlow, Lumina Impact Ventures; Anne Kennedy, Outlines Venture Group / Mastersfund; and Marissa Lowman, Village Capital.

View all founders, investor panelists, and speakers who participated in the Movement’s first-ever virtual experience at ChloeCapital.com/Virtual.

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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 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

$1.25 Million Invested In Female Founders In Just Six Months2020-07-17T17:16:10+00:00

New Virtual Program for Female Founders Driving Workforce and Education Solutions

Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation announce a virtual program for women driving workforce and education solutions; Up to $250,000 in funding announced on May 19, 6PM ET. 

 

For Immediate Release

New York, NY (April 28, 2020 )— Chloe Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in women-led innovation companies, will launch a new virtual program for women entrepreneurs. The virtual program will run in partnership with ECMC Foundation, a nationally focused foundation that helps advance solutions in postsecondary education. This program marks the third collaboration between ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital. Together, the organizations will deploy a total of $1.25 Million in funding to women leading the Future of Work & Education over six months. 

This new virtual program will continue to focus on the next generation of workforce and edtech solutions, and all of the companies selected to participate in the program have diverse leadership teams. The program will run similar to other Chloe Capital signature programs, but will operate virtually, allowing for the founders, investors and speakers to participate without traveling to a physical location during the 24-hour program. Onsite participation was a former necessity as these engagements are part of Chloe Capital’s unique due diligence process, and a proven way to connect founders with more investors and resources, such as ECMC Foundation. Participants will now join the experience through a heavily digital experience to include a virtual dinner, workshop and pitch event. During these online events, founders will work together, connect one-on-one with dozens of investors and build new relationships with industry experts. 

“This is an important opportunity for ECMC Foundation to continue investing in women-led innovation,” said Jessica Haselton, Director of Program-related Investments at ECMC Foundation. “With many venture capital funds and foundations winding down funding during this pandemic, we feel compelled to invest in the thought leaders and changemakers who are building the types of solutions we need most in education today.” 

“Chloe Capital is proud to build on the successful programs we’ve created with ECMC Foundation, University of Denver, New York State’s Empire State Development and other foundations, institutions and corporations,” said Elisa Miller-Out, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Chloe Capital. “Women are natural innovators, and we’re seeing more female founders and supporters Rise Up during the uncertainty.” 

The Future of Work & Education program co-hosted by ECMC Foundation and Chloe Capital will be held via Zoom in May 2020. Those who believe in our Movement to #InvestInWomen are invited to join us for a public pitch event on May 19 starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. ET. 

RSVP here: InvestInWomen-CLT.eventbrite.com 

Prior to the public pitch event, five founders will participate in a virtual dinner and workshop with dozens of investors including Elisabeth Garlow, Lumina Impact Ventures; Del Johnson, Backstage Capital, Anne Kennedy, Mastersfund; Marissa Lowman, Village Capital; Deborah Quazzo, GSV Ventures; and K. Paul Singh, Rezon8 Capital. Both founders and investors will also learn from productivity expert Mackenzie Sweeney and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist Mallory Whitfield, as well as Janna Westbrook, co-founder and CEO of Provider Pool. 

“Janna received investments from both Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation during our program in New Orleans,” said Kathryn Cartini, co-founder and Partner at Chloe Capital. “Provider Pool is a staffing platform that connects healthcare professionals to facilities. Janna is among the talented founders who are Rising Up during the pandemic to help on the front line of the crisis.”  

Here are the female founders selected to participate in our first ever VIRTUAL experience :

CAROLYN BICKERS
Co-founder / Partnership Development
Beagle Learning
Boston, MA
BeagleLearning.com

Beagle Learning helps students succeed by combining inquiry-based learning and artificial intelligence into plug-and-play exercises that fit any classroom–boosting student performance +18% and engagement +50%. 

JAMEE HERBERT
Co-founder / CEO
BridgeCare
San Francisco, CA
GetBridgeCare.com

BridgeCare works with employers and governments to help working parents find and afford quality childcare, including daycare, preschool, before and after school programs, and summer camps. 

CLAUDIA RECCHI
Co-founder / CEO
EdSights
New York, NY
EdSights.io

EdSights uses conversational AI to solve the college dropout crisis. The bot (named after colleges’ mascots) helps support tens of thousands of students across 25+ college campuses every day.

AMANDA DoAMARAL
Founder / CEO
Fiveable
Milwaukee, WI
Fiveable.me

Fiveable is a social learning platform for students and teachers to collaborate through live streams, live trivia, and interactive community threads. It’s the go-to platform making remote learning fun and collaborative. 

SHERI SMITH
Co-founder / CEO
Indigo Education Company
Boulder, CO
IndigoProject.org

Indigo is an AI-enabled platform that increases student success, retention, social emotional health and career readiness in higher education — providing 1:1 personalized guidance for both learners and educators. 

Learn More: ChloeCapital.com

As part of our Movement to Invest in Women, Chloe Capital and ECMC Foundation will continue to  drive business for these founders after the investments by tapping into our national networks of talent, investors and community leaders. Companies including HubSpot for Startups, Google for Startups, TriNet, and more are already paying it forward to support our female founders with free and discount professional services. 

Please join our Movement to Invest In Women by helping to spread the word about this new virtual experience for women entrepreneurs.

RSVP here: InvestInWomen-CLT.eventbrite.com 

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

New Virtual Program for Female Founders Driving Workforce and Education Solutions2020-04-28T23:52:39+00:00

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

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
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