Boston Women Investors Forum
Congratulations to co-founders Gemma Sole and Amanda Curtis. Nineteenth Amendment will receive our second investment of the Chloe Capital National Tour. The Boston Women Investors Forum was a collaboration with our Boston Champions and the Cambridge Innovation Center. Together, we’re building a movement that supports women reaching their fullest potential, and having opportunities equal to their male counterparts.
Nineteenth Amendment is a SaaS platform for on-demand manufacturing and retailing. Brands of all sizes use 19th’s proprietary SmartPLM to pre-sell items directly to shoppers, and connect with vetted U.S. manufacturers. Manufacturing time is cut from six months to six weeks, eliminating the need for brands to carry inventory. This revenue-generating and scaleable platform currently services over 1000 brands in 30 countries. Enterprise partnerships include Moody’s, Macy’s, Disney and Project Runway. This investment has us strutting our stuff!
The following women-led innovation companies were selected from over 1,000 applicants from across the U.S.
Meetcaregivers (Newton, MA)
Co-founder, Florence Furaha
Meetcaregivers is a technology platform that connects pre-screened caregivers to seniors. The platform is disrupting the home care market and enabling millions of seniors to age at home, and receive quality in home care.
Nineteenth Amendment (Boston, MA) – $100,000 investment
Co-founders, Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole
Nineteenth Amendment is a SaaS platform for on-demand manufacturing and retailing. Brands of all sizes use 19th to pre-sell items directly to shoppers, and connect to vetted U.S. manufacturers. Manufacturing time is cut from six months to six weeks, eliminating the need for brands to carry inventory. This revenue-generating and scaleable platform currently services over 1000 brands in 30 countries. Enterprise partnerships include Moody’s, Macy’s, Disney and Project Runway.
ResourceVerified (New York, NY)
Founder, Jaspreet Randhawa
ResourceVerfied is transforming the current opaque, manual, repetitive and costly process of employee verification by replacing it with a single verified record. This results in a transparent, automated and efficient process that reduces cost and risk to the employer.
Visit.org, Inc (New York, NY)
Co-founder, Michal Alter
Visit.org is a leading SaaS platform for employee-driven corporate social responsibility (CSR). The platform integrates CSR into day-to-day company culture in a genuine way, proven to increase employee engagement and commitment to their company.
WorkAround Online (Boston, MA)
Founder, Wafaa Arbash
WorkAround Online restores dignity to refugees through economic empowerment by connecting them to fair-wage online work. We provide refugees with the flexibility to work anywhere, and to be paid without the need for a traditional bank account.
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.
INVESTOR WORKSHOP – JANUARY 10
Barbara Clarke (Fireside Chat)
As a management consultant, economist and investor, Barbara Clarke is passionate about inclusive innovation. She’s witnessed the challenges and opportunities faced by companies and individuals when solving complex, important problems. To these ends, she co-founded The Impact Seat to work with companies and individuals to bridge this performance gap. In addition, Barbara is a founding member of Astia Angels, and on the investment committees of Portfolia and Rising Tide Europe 3 (RTE3). Barbara will be interview by Gayatri Aryan, Director of Software Engineering at Virtustream.
Victoria Yampolsky, CFA (Financial Modeling)
Victoria is the President of the Startup Station’s finance education program for high-growth companies. In this role, she evaluates the financial feasibility of business models for startups and specializes in the financial modeling and valuation of pre-revenue companies. Previously, Victoria worked for the Deutsche Bank Research Department and performed IT consulting for CapGemini’s Financial Services Division. Victoria is also on the Advisory Board of the CIS Department of Cornell University.
Panel (50 Shades of Green)
– Parissa Behnia – Investor, 678 Partners; CEO, Sixense Strategy
– Kristin Fox – Founder, FoxInspires; Co-founder, FinFoundHer
– Tara Greco – Investor, Chloe Capital; Portfolia; Next Wave Impact
– Gillian Marcelle – Founder & Managing Member, Resilience Capital Ventures
– Julianne Zimmerman – Managing Director, Reiventure Capital
PITCH EVENT – JANUARY 11
Joan LaRovere is a mission-focused leader and systems thinker with a record of building world-class organizations. Joan has been at the forefront of building best-in-class cardiac programs. She has held leadership roles at two of the top hospitals in the world for this kind of care – The Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK and Boston Children’s Hospital. After 9/11, Joan co-founded a global NGO called Virtue Foundation to bring more surgical and business approach to tackling issues around healthcare, education and justice reform in places with the greatest need. Joan is also a recognized thought leader and speaker.
Julie Lockner is a well-rounded, analytical data-driven leader and evangelist with a strong high-tech and data management background. Julie currently handles portfolio operations for IBM Analytics, Hybrid-Cloud. She’s also the founder and executive board member of 17 Minds Corporation, which is improving interdisciplinary collaboration for teams supporting individuals with disabilities and special needs.
Both Joan and Julie received MBAs from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. They will be interviewed by fellow alum, Christa Babcock, Strategic Advisor and Board Member.
– Barbara Clarke – Co-founder, The Impact Seat; Member, Astia; Pipeline; Portfolia
– Meghan Cross Breeden – Partner, Amplifyher Ventures
– Lorine Pendleton – NY Chair, TIGER 21; Partner, Portfolia; Member, Pipeline Angels
– Virginie Raphael – Principal, Head of Operations, Tusk Ventures
– Julianne Zimmerman – Managing Director, Reinventure Capital
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.
Thursday, JAN 10, 2019 | Cambridge, MA
Investor Dinner & Workshop (5-9:30PM)
Leading angels and venture capitalists committed to investing in women entrepreneurs will unite with local investors and the five finalists of our women-only pitch competition for a private dinner and investing workshop. Investor Packages include a VIP Pass to the Pitch Event on January 11.
$400 | REQUEST INVITE
5PM – Registration / Introductions
5:30PM – Financial Modeling with Victoria Yampolsky
6:30PM – Break
6:45PM – 50 Shades of Green Panel
7:30PM – Fireside Chat with Barbara Clarke
8PM – Dinner
Friday, JAN 11, 2019 | The Cambridge Innovation Center
Pitch Event (6-9PM)
Five women-led innovation companies will 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, and the opportunity to pitch for follow on funding. Our funding partners include Astia Angels and Next Wave Impact.
$15 | REGISTER
6PM – Registration / Introductions
6:15PM – Founder Pitches
7:15PM – Investor Judging / Cocktail Reception / Exhibits
8:15PM – Fireside Chat with Julie Lockner & Joan LaRovere
8:30PM – Investment Announcement / Cocktail Reception
How do I get involved?
Accredited women and men who support the movement can attend an exclusive dinner and workshop on January 10, 2019 in Cambridge, MA. These opportunities are 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 Boston can apply to pitch in other cities on the Chloe Capital Nation Tour : chloecapital.com/tour
What kind of companies does Chloe Capital invest in?
Chloe Capital focuses on 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 does not invest 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
Where else will Chloe Capital be holding pitch events?
Denver, CO – February 7, 2019
Chicago, IL – April 4, 2019
Binghamton, NY – May 1, 2019
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 mentoring, 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!
Boston City Champions & Sponsors
Join Our Movement
Frontier tech companies will have the opportunity to pitch for funding and connections to our network of advisors, investors and business pros. Sponsors will gain regional and national visibility. Investors will receive returns and insight on how to pay it forward. Together we’ll all further the movement to decrease the gender gap in entrepreneurship.