Are you a mobile/web or enterprise startup in need of pitch feedback from active investors? If so, you definitely don’t want to miss out on Investor Hangouts; register for Session #3 by Wednesday, July 24th.

By Lauren Kim (Events Coordinator, Women 2.0)

Founders in the startup world know that easy access to investors is not a common thing. And this leaves first-time entrepreneurs looking to fundraise, at a bit of an impasse, since most seed/angel rounds are spearheaded by a lead investor who, oftentimes, has already had a standing relationship with the founder before investing. So, if it’s your first time playing the startup game, how do you meet that key investor who could potentially lead your first round?

By participating in our Investor Hangouts program. Investor Hangouts allows you to receive pitch feedback from active investors, no matter where you are in the world.

If you do join in for our new Investor Hangouts program next Friday, you’ll get at least 10 minutes of face time with two investors, all from the comfort of wherever in the world you’re located. Participants are allotted a time slot to deliver their pitch to investors in a Google Hangout, who then provide valuable feedback to founders.

In just the first couple of sessions, we’ve seen participants receive not only pitch feedback, but also make valuable connections on many occasions. In some cases, the investors ask to connect with participants themselves to learn more about their companies. Other times, they offer to make introductions to potential advisors or other investors -so come prepared to blow them away!



Read on to learn more about our two investors for this session:


Jeanne M. Sullivan (Co-Founder and General Partner, StarVest Partners)

Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years.  She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. Sullivan has over 23 years of venture capital experience and has spent 30 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. She has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for early and expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Sullivan gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.

Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallets out of investors’ pocket.”  She serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and serves as a member of the Astia Global Board of Trustees, an organization that empowers women entrepreneurs.  Forbes recently cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs”.


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Morgane Rollando (Treasurer/Investor, Femmes Business Angels)

After 15 years’ experience in International Corporate Finance in IT (Nasdaq listed companies), Rollando became an Angel Investor in 2009. She fell in love with the startup world and took the role of treasurer of “Femmes Business Angels” in Paris. She led around 20 due diligences, personally invested in seven of them, and held a seat on two boards. As for her job, she now manages a consulting firm, Synerfia, acting as a finance and strategic advisor for small and medium businesses: “a la carte CFO”. Synerfia brings all level of the finance function to SMBs, according to their needs and budgets. She is passionate about Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and a happy mother of 2 daughters. Rollando holds a global MBA from Rotterdam School of Management and a master in Finance and Accountancy. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

laurenLauren Kim currently serves as the Events Coordinator at Women 2.0.  She holds a B.A. in Development Studies from U.C. Berkeley and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women’s issues. In her spare time, she competes in hackathons and snowboards. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurenJisoo.