Founders + Funders, presented by Women 2.0 and Seneca VC, is a one-day event held in San Francisco on startup growth, investing, and fundraising.

Friday, May 31st

9:00am – 6:00pm

Zendesk HQ, San Francisco

Whether you’re a founder looking to raise capital or an investor looking for great founders, you’ll learn how to navigate an ecosystem traditionally inaccessible to women.

Founders will gain insights on specific topics around fundraising and company growth, and funders will discuss important industry topics such as angel investing, the current VC landscape, fund diversity and allyship, and experience several points of meaningful interaction with the founders in attendance.

They day will close with a pitch and networking.

The Day

Founders will gain insights on specific topics around fundraising and company growth, gain info on the current VC landscape and capital opportunities, and experience several points of meaningful interaction with investors in attendance.

Funders will discuss important industry topics such as angel investing, the current VC landscape, fund diversity and allyship, and experience several points of meaningful interaction with the founders in attendance.

During lunch, attendees will also be able to self-select into specialized roundtables focused on topics from product storytelling, to being an ally, to bringing your investing skills to the next level.

We'll close out the day with our Startup Showcase, where six women-founded companies will pitch to a panel of investors.

8:00 am - Doors open + Registration + Networking

8:25am - Yoga Like a Boss

20 minute mindfulness and wellness session led by Jennifer Keller

9:00 am - Opening Remarks + Lightning Talks

Opening remarks by Kate Brodock, CEO of Women 2.0, and Melissa Moore, Partner at Seneca VC

Emcee Corey Ponder, Policy Lead at Google and Founder of Empact Strategies, will kick off our Lightning Talks.

  • Why you don't need a technical co-founder with Chantal Emmanuel, CTO and Co-Founder of LimeLoop
  • Making Your First Hires: Strategic team growth for your startup with Asra Nadeem, VP of Entrepreneurship Programs at Draper University
  • Third topic TBD

9:30 am - Getting to Product-Market Fit

Sara Mauskopf, CEO of Winnie, in conversation with Hannah Levy, Director of Content at Wealthfront and manager at Tech Ladies

9:50 am - Startup Legal: The Nitty Gritty

Debra Vernon, Partner at VLP Law

10:10 am - Networking Break

10:40 am - Scaling Lean: From Founding a Startup to Leading Product

11:00 am - Lessons From Two Fundraising Rounds and $7.3m in Capital Raised

Kristina Jones, CEO & Co-Founder of Court Buddy, in conversation with Yao Meng, Investor at Gopher Asset Management

11:20 am - Fundraising 101: Crafting the Perfect Startup Pitch

Elizabeth Yin, General Partner and Co-Founder at Hustle Fund

11:40 am - Raising a Fund as a First-Time Fund Manager

Samala, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Jump Canon VC

12:00 pm - Lunch and Roundtable Discussions with Founders + Funders

Our attendees will have the opportunity to connect with table leads, who will be available to talk about topics of specific interest. Topics include: Getting into a top accelerator program, Punch up your pitch, Startup growth, Negotiations, General VC office hours, and more.

1:20 pm - The Gap Table: A discussion on capital table management

Emily Kramer, VP of Marketing at Carta

1:40 pm - How to De-risk Your First Investments

Trish Costello, CEO of Portfolia, in conversation with Kate Brodock, CEO of Women 2.0

2:00 pm - AMA (Ask Me Anything)

A session withShaherose Charania, Senior Portfolio Director at Nike's Valiant Labs and Founder of Women 2.0, and Eric Ries, Founder of The Lean Startup and LTSE

2:45 pm - Networking Break

3:15 pm - Angel Investing 101: So you want to be an Angel Investor

Phin Barnes, Partner at First Round Capital, in conversations with Brianne Kimmel, Angel Investor

3:45 pm - The Art of Venture Capital: Picking and managing portfolios

Shruti Gandhi, Managing Partner at Array Ventures, Lan Xuezhao, Founding and Managing Partner at Basis Set Venture, and Jake Zeller, Partner at Angelist, in conversation with Vivian Cheng, Investor at Javelin Ventures Partners

4:15 pm - Next Generation of Investors: Crowdfunding, Syndicates, and New Ways of Raising Money

Karen Cahn, CEO and Founder of iFundWomen, and Dr Roshawnna Novellus, CEO and Founder of EnrichHer, in conversation with Holly Grant, VP of Operations at LTSE

4:45 pm - Startup Showcase (pitch!)

6:00 pm - HAPPY HOUR


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Apply for a Full-Day Pass

Because this event is highly-focused on company stage and investing experience, attendance will be by application only, except for our Pitch + Happy Hour session at the end of the day. This event is perfect for founders, angel investors, VCs, allies or interested members of the startup space.

We welcome all women, non-binary people, and allies at the event.

NOTE: Our six pitching companies have already been selected, but there will be ample opportunity to network with investors on site.

All-Day Founder Pass – $299
All-Day Investor Pass – $499

Register for Pitch + Happy Hour

If you’d like to attend our Startup Showcase, featuring six early-stage tech companies with women founders, and our Happy Hour, please register directly. We’ll open doors at 4:30 pm.

NOTE: You do not need to purchase a separate pitch ticket if you already have an All-Day Pass.

Pitch + Happy Hour – $75

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