“I saw a family raising money for their baby’s heart transplant. They needed $300,000 and they were trying to do it a quarter at a time. I remember thinking: If they could do it over the Internet, it would be so much more successful.” – Desiree Vargas Wrigley, GiveForward co-founder.
By Carly Keyes (Staff Writer, Silicon Rust Belt)
A chance meeting started Desiree Vargas Wrigley on the road to entrepreneurship.
Born in Costa Rica, Wrigley moved to Kansas at age three. After graduating from Yale with a B.A. in Latin American Studies, she got a job at a restaurant. That might not sound like a promising start to becoming a successful entrepreneur, but one day she waited on a guy who works at the Kauffman Foundation
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
It’s been a good week for the passionate entrepreneurs who work to improve the lives of the next generation - Adafruit CEO and founder Limor Fried was announced as Entrepreneur magazine‘s 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. She was truly inspirational on the cover of Wired magazine last year
We celebrated a flurry of venture funding announcements for women-founded startups this week.
On June 22-26, 2012, experience a five day celebration of technology and entrepreneurship at the Techweek Conference & Expo. Techweek 2012 offers you the chance to interact with over 5,000 engaged and passionate participants, 2,000 unique brands, 300 speakers, 200 sessions and 100 exhibitors.
Tell us why you want to attend TechWeek in Chicago in the comments below by MIDNIGHT on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 and the best two answers will receive a free passes!
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By Jen Consalvo (Co-Editor & COO, Tech Cocktail)
Last year, I hosted 20 events across the United States — each event bringing together a solid mix of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors and other tech enthusiasts to rally 6-14 early stage, local startups. This year, Tech Cocktail is on track to host even more and the number of startups applying for the free demo spots at each event is increasing. Fortunately, the number of female founders applying is increasing too, but not enough. We still see far too many events where only 1 or 2 out of 20 applicants are female.
Because we mostly showcase “early stage” startups, many applicants we get are literally still in alpha or beta phases — this is the perfect time in your product cycle to demo at an event and get feedback.
At Tech Cocktail, startups demo in an expo-style so you are talking and pitching to individuals, not to a crowd. You get real-time feedback. If you show someone your product and you get blank stares, you can adjust your pitch. If you get interested, potential customers, you can stay connected. It’s an amazing opportunity.
If you are working on an early stage startup, I encourage you to apply to be a part of one of our events in a city near you.