We Bet on Startups, Let's Go to Vegas!

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The future of women’s technology leadership is going Vegas style. We are thrilled to finally announce that Women 2.0 is bringing its signature conference to the fabulous Bellagio Resort, Las Vegas for a two-day conference on November 14th and November 15th 2013.

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By Sepideh Nasiri (VP - All Things Offline, Women 2.0)

Introducing Women 2.0 Conference 2013 - Las Vegas Edition, “2020 Vision: Designing Work, Life & Play” What will the world look like in year 2020, just 7 years from now?

In the past decade, nearly every industry has been disrupted by technology startups, with major advancements in social networking, advertising, communications, gaming, retail, the automotive industry, and more. Join us this November in imagining what our world will look like seven years from now. The Women 2.0 Conference, “2020 Vision: Designing Work, Life and Play” will look at the disruptive technologies shaping all aspects of our lives. Come experience cutting edge insights from influencers in technology - keynotes, panels, workshops and film screenings - at this two-day conference in Las Vegas, the world’s most entertaining city.

Confirmed speakers and judges include:

 

    • Jeff Clavier (Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech VC)
    • Jenny Fielding (Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide)
    • Nikhil Kalghatgi (Venture Capitalist, SoftBank Capital)
    • Aileen Lee (Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
    • Joy Marcus (Partner, DFJ Gotham Ventures)
    • Andrea Zurek (Founding Partner, XG Ventures)
    • More to be announced soon...
    • Please email any speaker recommendations to sepideh@women2.com.

 

Let’s go to Vegas! Unlike past years, we are not only extending the conference to a two-day, but also changing it up from New York City to Las Vegas! With efforts like the Downtown Project, Las Vegas has become a hub of tech innovation in the past couple of years. The effort to create a dynamic community (education, arts, music, culture) aligned with values of technology and entrepreneurship sets the perfect stage for this year’s conference theme.

We have chosen the world famous Bellagio as our conference venue! We have secured a competitive group rate for a limited number of 2-night stays for the nights of Wednesday, November 13th and Thursday, November 14th. Hurry now and buy your Deluxe Room Conference Package (Early Bird) tickets to secure accommodations at our deeply discounted group rate! Early ticket purchasers will also have the option to extend their stays for up to 3 nights before and after the conference using our special group rate.

PITCH Startup Competition

Are you a startup with at least 1 female founder? Have less than $1M in funding? A live product? Save the date and apply to the PITCH LV 2013 Startup Competition on June 1, 2013. Like previous conferences, we will feature a technology startup competition for early-stage ventures from around the world.

Past PITCH Startup Competition Finalists have gone on to raise $1.2 million in seed funding, join the ranks of 500 Startups and Y Combinator, and be acquired by the likes of Yahoo!.

We will start taking PITCH LV 2013 Startup Competition applications on June 1st 2013. Finalists will be admitted on a rolling basis, so read up on the application process here, and apply early to increase your chances of landing a finalist spot! Applications will close September 15th, 2013.

 

Lunch Mentorship

Do you have questions about your startup? Funding? Team building? We invite you to apply for Lunch Mentorship with Investors and Lunch Mentorship with Seasoned Founders during lunchtime on both days at the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 - Las Vegas Edition. Lunch Mentorship with Investors is open only to founders of technology startups while Lunch Mentorship with Seasoned Founders is open to all conference attendees.

Both sessions are meant to be opportunities for intimate networking and learning. In a roundtable format, 5-7 participants have the opportunity to form lasting connections with an investor or seasoned founder mentor and fellow participants.

For the Lunch Mentorship with Investors session, we do our best to match founders of technology startups with angel investors or venture capitalists whose portfolios reflect similar business areas, company stages, and investment capacity. This session provides an opportunity to better understand the investor and funding process, as well a chance to form a valuable connection with an investor. Please note this is not meant to be a pitch session so we ask that you be courteous and allow all participants a chance to chime in.

Past Investor Mentors Include:

    • Wesley Chen (Google Ventures Partner)
    • Stephanie Palmeri (SoftTech VC Principal)
    • Christine Herron (Intel Capital Director)

For the Lunch Mentorship with Seasoned Founders session, we choose mentors who are the founders of successful startups. We do our best to match up participants with entrepreneurs who can provide expertise on the topic area of the participants’ expressed interests.

Past Seasoned Founder Mentors Include:

    • Leah Busque (Co-Founder, TaskRabbit)
    • Danae Ringlmann (Founder, Indiegogo)
    • Rashmi Sinha (CEO & Co-Founder, SlideShare)
    • Jess Lee (CEO & Co-Founder, Polyvore)

How to apply for Lunch Mentorship:

Step 1: Please apply for either session by answering yes to the relevant questions on the Eventbrite Registration form when buying your ticket. For example, if you are interested in the Lunch Mentorship with Investors session, answer yes to the question: “Are you interested in participating in the Lunch Mentorship with Investors/Seasoned Founders session?” on the Eventbrite page, titled “Registration Information.”

**Please note: completion of Step 1 is not a guarantee of admittance into the session.**

Step 2: We will notify you whether you've been admitted into the session by sending you a Lunch Mentorship Session confirmation email. Please bring a digital or hard copy of the Lunch Mentorship Session confirmation email to ensure your admittance into the closed session.

Innovation Hall

Participate in the Women 2.0 Conference Las Vegas 2013 and align with the top brand for women, technology and entrepreneurship by purchasing an Innovation Table or Startup Demo Table in front of highly targeted conference attendees. To take advantage of this unique opportunity and join the ranks of cutting edge companies, purchase your Startup Demo Table or Innovation Table by visiting our Eventbrite page.

If you are interested in sponsorship or partnership opportunities or have any questions regarding the Innovation Hall, please contact Sepideh Nasiri sepideh@women2.com.

sepiSepideh (“Sepi”) Nasiri is Vice President of All Things Offline at Women 2.0. Sepi started her career as a Managing Editor of a LA Global Magazine out of college. The written word has always been her passion. She is an avid technology enthusiast and a board member of several non-profits due to her passion for philanthropy. She is currently an advisor to several early-stage startups. Sepi launched her first app The Date Saver Platinum in 2010, a clean tech mobile app. Follow her on Twitter at @SepidehN.