Chloes x Chicago

Our fourth stop of the Chloe Capital National Tour swept us into Chicago, IL! The Chloes took over Salt Flats in partnership with our Chicago City Champions, Sixense Strategy and FinFoundHer. Together we hosted stellar programming for investors and founders designed to move more capital to women-led innovation companies. Congratulations to Riana Lynn, Co-founder and CEO of Journey Foods for receiving our next $100,000 investment. Her AI-based foodtech is a game changer.


The nutrition dilemma is a $600B problem

Journey Foods is a platform and reporting interface that makes foods more nutritious, and healthy foods more affordable. Farmers, hospitals, and corporate wellness researchers now have the power to create targeted micro foods for their customers. Journey Foods uses artificial intelligence to research and suggest ingredients that target everything from digestion to brain function. Smarter research and development is the key.

Teams of biologists and scientists continuously update Journey Foods with new data. Machine learning algorithms analyze, track and log different combinations of nutritious ingredients for supply chain optimization. This results in super fast and efficient R&D.

Bite-sized science

Journey Foods is already bringing on-the-go nutrition to the masses. Riana and her team of scientists, innovators, and food lovers created a nutrient database and tested everything from fruit cultures, to seaweed. They used the Journey Foods platform and interface to develop nutrient-dense fruit snacks. These revenue-generating prototypes or “beta snacks” are from the farm, made with love (and bots). Journey Bites are selling online worldwide.

Five women-led innovation companies were chosen out of 1,500 applicants from across the U. All finalists will have access to our national network of co-investors, mentors and business professionals. 

Journey Foods (Chicago, IL)Recipient of $100,000 investment
Riana Lynn, Founder / CEO

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


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.


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

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


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

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


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.

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. 

April 4, 2019
Salt Flats Innovation House
11:30AM – 4PM

Expert Session
Bianca Caban
Director of Partnerships and Business Development, Republic
Bianca is passionate about leveraging business, technology, & investing to improve society. She’ll share more insight on Republic, a sister company of AngelList that connects tech startups and blockchain projects with retail investors from around the world. 

Panel (50 Shades of Green)
– Parissa Behnia (moderator)
– CEO, Sixense Strategy
– Kristin Fox – Founder, FoxInspires; Co-founder, FinFoundHer
– Rob Topping – Managing Member, Topping Capital
– JP Keating – Venture Partner, VU Venture Partners; Founder, Fifteen Ventures
– Rebecca Sholiton – EIR, 1871; Co-founder / CEO, Wise Apple
– Robert Hatta – Partner, Drive Capital
– Samara Mejia Hernandez – Principal, MATH Venture Partners

Fireside Chat
Rachel Saunders (moderator) – Counsel, PEAK6 Investments

Heather Hartnett
CEO / Founder Partner, Human Ventures
Human Ventures is an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds consumer technology companies. As the founder and CEO, Heather leads the core team, empowering experienced entrepreneurs to build industry changing businesses. The Information has referred to Heather as “the new breed of VC,” and Business Insider has pointed to Human Ventures as the first female-led startup studio, bringing a fresh perspective to the tech scene.

Jimmy Odom
Co-founder / CEO, Bit Capital Group
There’s no side of the table Jimmy cannot identify with. Jimmy founded an on-demand delivery services, which he sold to Deliv. Soon following, the tech entrepreneur joined state government to focus on minority entrepreneurship. In 2016, he launched Bit Capital Group, a blockchain security company, and joined ChicagoNEXT as Director of Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

April 4, 2019
Salt Flats Innovation House

Parissa Behnia (emcee)
CEO, Sixense Strategy; Mentor, mHUB Chicago, 1871
Recognized as the strategic weapon leaders use to grow their businesses, Parissa helps people crystallize their visions, and create a strategy to help those visions come to light.

Kristin Fox (emcee)
Founder, FoxInspires; Co-founder, FinFoundHer
Kristin builds things – companies, communities, teams, confidence and relationships – and she builds them to last. As a communications expert, Kristin translates difficult concepts into clear, cohesive courses of action.

Kim Gamez (CEO Talk)
Co-founder / CEO, Mi Padrino
Mi Padrino is a unique, crowd-gifting platform designed specifically for Latin Americans and their families. Having launched in June, 2017, Mi Padrino has over 250,000 active users on the platform. Chloe Capital helped Kim Gamez raise an additional $2 million in funding in collaboration with the XOGroup and Astia Angels. Kim is an international business woman and mother of five from Jackson, MI.

Investor Feedback Panel
– Coco Meers – Founder / Principal, Rebelle Collective
– Melinda Gloriosa – Program Manager, WillowWorks
– Elizabeth McCluskey – Principal, Impact Engine
Bess Goodfellow – Associate, Hyde Park Angels
– Jimmy Odom – Co-founder / CEO, Bit Capital Group
– Heather Hartnett – CEO / Founding Partner, Human Ventures
– David Borlo – CEO, Salt Flats; Managing Partner, Crestlight Ventures


Thursday, April 4, 2019
Salt Flats Innovation House (11:30-4PM)

Leading angels, VCs and entrepreneurial leaders committed to investing in women entrepreneurs will share knowledge and experiences with the five finalists of our women-only pitch competition. Local investors, community supporters and founders of other high-growth companies (male and female) are invited to join in the experience!

11:30AM – Registration
12:00PM – Introductions
12:15PM – Session 1 / Equity Crowdfunding
1:00PM – Lunch
2:00PM – Panel / 50 Shades of Green
3:00PM – Fireside Chat

PITCH EVENT – $15.00

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Salt Flats Innovation House (5-8PM)

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. This event is open to the public.

5PM – Registration / Introductions
5:15PM – Founder Pitches
6:15PM – Investor Judging / Cocktail Reception / Exhibits
7:00PM – Presentations & Keynote
7:30PM – Investment Announcement


In addition to receiving passes to the Investor Workshop and Pitch Event on Thursday, April 4, accredited individuals will also join us for an exclusive Investor Dinner held on Wednesday, April 3. Get to know our guest speakers and top women founders before the activity starts the following day.

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

How do I get involved?

Accredited women and men who support the movement can attend an exclusive dinner and workshop on April 3-4, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The investor dinner is invite-only. Connect with us to receive the registration code :

Accredited individuals and sponsors interested in learning more about joining this movement can contact us :

Women-led innovation companies that missed the deadline for Chicago can apply to pitch in Binghamton, our final stop on the Chloe Capital Nation Tour. Applications close on March 1, 2019 :

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

Where else will Chloe Capital be holding events?

Binghamton, NY – May 1, 2019

What’s next for Chloe Capital after the 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!

Chicago City Champions & Sponsors

Chloe Capital | Agile Advisors
Meyer Law | Chloe Capital
FinFoundHer | Chloe Capital
Chloe Capital | Salt FlatsWillow Works | Chloe Capital
Chloe Capital | Sixense StrategyChloe Capital | MB Financial Bank
Social Venture Circle | Chloe Capital

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.

Investors and Sponsors Apply Here
Women-Led Companies Apply Here

National Tour Co-investors, Sponsors + Media Partners

ASTIA Angels logo
Accelerate Investors | Chloe Capital
Idea Kraft
Mackenzie Hughes
Peacock Media
Peacock Media
Peacock Media
Singlebrook Technology
SUNY RF | Chloe Capital
Sway logo
The Entrepreneurs Network
Chloe Capital | TriNet
Social Venture Circle