Chloes x Binghamton
Five cities, five months, five investments – we’re proud to share we set a BHAG and achieved it! Starting in December, Chloe Capital recruited the top women-led innovation companies from across the U.S., and moved capital in each city we toured. It was our honor to return home to Upstate NY where we showcased our Movement and progress during the 2nd Annual Southern Tier Summit in partnership with Binghamton University and the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. Sara Taylor-Demos, Founder and CEO of Cora Home received Chloe Capital’s next investment.
$480B Home Furnishings Industry is Last Archaic Behemoth
The global home and furnishing market is $480B, yet seasoned professionals continue to declare bankruptcy because it’s too expensive and time consuming for vendors and interior designers to do business. Individual designers lose an estimated $35,000 per year!
Cora is a premium B2B marketplace for designers and vendors. Clients find products, discover new brands, and sign up for trade programs all in one place. With AI-enabled visual product searches, curated vendor / designer matchmaking, and streamlined purchasing, Cora is ready to give the home furnishings industry an extreme makeover. In one month of launching, Sara already has hundreds of designers and vendors on the platform. #InvestInWomen
The following five women-led innovation companies were selected from over 1,500 applicants from across the U.S. Each will pitch their ventures at the Binghamton Pitch Event on May 1. One will receive a $100,000 investment from Chloe Capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
United Aircraft Technologies, Inc (Troy, NY)
Co-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.
Meet our cast of Super Angels and ecosystem leaders who are committed to advancing solutions to the gender & diversity gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Learn as they provide feedback to the five women-led companies pitching for a $100,000 Chloe Capital investment.
May 1, 2019
Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
Investor Feedback Panel
– Momo Bi – Director, New York Ventures
– Bonnie Foley-Wong – CEO, Pique Ventures; Investor, Pique Fund
– Christine Marchuska – Investment Program Manager, Binghamton University
– Venus Quates-Majors – President / CEO, launchTECH
– Lindsay Stencel – Partner, NCT Ventures; Fund Manager, Launch NY
PITCH EVENT – $20.00
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Koffman Southern Tier Incubator (5-8PM)
Five women-led innovation companies pitch their ventures to a panel of experienced investors. These VCs and angels represent leaders in the Movement to invest in women entrepreneurs. One company will receive an investment from Chloe Capital. This event is part of the 2019 Southern Tier Startup Summit.
5PM – Registration / Introductions
5:15PM – Founder Pitches
6:15PM – Investor Judging / Cocktail Reception / Exhibits
7:00PM – Presentations & Keynote
7:30PM – Investment Announcement
Chloe Capital National Tour
Chloe Capital is a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in women-led innovation companies. We’re holding investing workshops and pitch events across the U.S. Our initiatives support local women entrepreneurs, and empower local investors to take action.
Why is this important?
Studies show that diverse teams with women at the helm grow faster and produce higher returns for investors. Women-led tech companies receive less than 5% of all venture capital in the U.S., while just .2% goes to African American female founders. Chloe Capital will make our investment decisions based on merit, without bias, providing investors with an opportunity to Do Well by Doing Good.
What makes this different?
Chloe Capital works with Event Champions to encourage qualifying women entrepreneurs to apply, and select the best of the best with proper due diligence BEFORE the women pitch. Collaboration continues as Chloe Capital works with Event Champions to open doors, and drive business results after the investment. These efforts best position the company for achieving success and delivering a healthy return on investment. Boston Champions join Chloe Capital in providing meaningful connections from their extensive business and funding contacts.
Chloe Capital’s mission is to decrease the gender gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. We further this mission by providing women entrepreneurs across the U.S. with mentorship, connections to resources and access to capital.
Founded by three women tech-trepreneurs, Chloe Capital launched during our inaugural Women Investors Accelerator in October 2017. The program united women founders with women investors, who joined Chloe Capital in making our first investment in Mi Padrino.
Since, Chloe Capital has helped Mi Padrino raise an additional $2 million in funding by connecting the founder with investors including Astia Angels and the XOGroup.
Off the heels of this success, City Champions from across the U.S. reached out to Chloe Capital, requesting we bring the experience to their ecosystems. What better way to beat the drum about this cause than to go on tour and collaborate with these leaders in innovation. Together, we’re attracting top talent, inspiring investors to join the movement, and building a genuine community that supports women entrepreneurs.
ICYMI – Chloe Capital announced our first investment of the tour at the Rochester Women Investors Forum. Congratulations to Caroline and Christine Strzalka, co-founders of It’s By U! Gemma Sole and Amanda Curtis, co-founders of Nineteenth Amendment, received our second investment during the Boston Women Investors Forum. And Sarah Tuneburg, Co-founder and CEO of Geospiza, was announced as our third investment during the Denver Women Investors Forum. Who’s next? Join us on May 1 in Binghamton to find out!
How do I get involved?
Accredited women and men who support the movement can attend an exclusive dinner and workshop on April 31, 2019 in Binghamton, NY. The investor dinner is invite-only. Connect with us to receive the registration code: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accredited individuals and sponsors interested in learning more about joining this Movement can contact us : chloecapital.com/contact
Women-led innovation companies that missed the deadline for Binghamton can still apply for funding opportunities with Chloe Capital. We look forward to announcing our next initiatives soon! chloecapital.com/tour
What kind of companies does Chloe Capital invest in?
Chloe Capital invests in innovation companies with macro potential, a validated prototype and at least one female in the C-Suite. Innovation companies include frontier tech, cleantech and agtech. In addition, companies with diverse leadership teams that include a tech leader, and revenue and/or contracts secured with clients/customers will rise to the top of our list.
Can I still participate in the pitch event if I don’t have a frontier tech company?
While Chloe Capital is not investing in Food & Beverage and Consumer Product companies at this time, non-tech enabled companies can apply to be event vendors. These companies will receive visibility through event promotions, as well as the opportunity to meet our investors, judges and advisors. Express your interest in being an event vendor at chloecapital.com/contact
What’s next for Chloe Capital after the 2018-19 National Tour?
Thank you for asking! As our mentors say, we’re “rich with opportunity.” In addition to helping our new portfolio companies drive business after our investment, Chloe Capital is speaking with several partners on new ways to advance solutions to the gender gap in entrepreneurship. If you haven’t already, please sign up for our newsletters to stay posted as we enter into the next phase of our Movement! chloecapital.com/contact
Binghamton City Champions & Sponsors
Join Our Movement
Frontier tech companies have the opportunity to pitch for funding and connections to our network of advisors, investors and business pros. Sponsors gain regional and national visibility. Investors receive returns and insight on how to pay it forward. Together we’ll further the Movement to decrease the gender gap in entrepreneurship.