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Saturday, March 8 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Women-Led: The Underserved Investment Opportunity

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Companies that are led by women or have diverse teams are shown to outperform those without women on the team, and yet private investments in these companies is far below what would be expected. Investors maintain that their decisions have nothing to do with the gender of the CEO. Less than 15% of venture investments are made in companies with a woman founder and/or CEO, yet according to the SBA women own about 50 percent of all businesses. There are many studies and impressive statistics to show the career and entrepreneurial potential of women indicating that they are an underserved business opportunity for investors. In 2000, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor recommended increasing the participation of women in entrepreneurship as a necessity for long-term economic prosperity. Three investors who have 'made a market' in investing in women-led businesses reveal their rationale and ROI.

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Trish Costello

PortfoliaTrish Costello is CEO & Founder of Portfolia, which engages opinion leaders and consumers as investors and market-makers around entrepreneurial companies. With a subtle focus on women, Portfolia’s innovative platform enables individuals and affinity groups to bring both... Read More →
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Lauren Flanagan

Managing DirBELLE Capital USAMs. Flanagan is one of the Managers of the General Partner and Managing Direct of BELLE Capital USA, LP. As SCIO Corp's chief executive officer, Ms. Flanagan has more than 25 years experience in founding and operating technology companies. She is also... Read More →
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Joshua Henderson

VPSpringboard EnterprisesJoshua Henderson is the Vice President of Springboard Enterprises (www.sb.co), a non-profit organization that supports women entrepreneurs in life sciences and technology. Since its inception, Springboard has accelerated 537 women-led companies, which encompass... Read More →
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Adam Quinton

Founder/CEOLucas Point VenturesAdam is an Active Angel Investor, Start Up Advisor and Board Member. Since 2011 he has invested in 8 early stage companies with a women founder or co-founder - indeed all 8 currently have rock star women CEOs - Rapt Media, VenueBook, The Muse, Snaps... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon G 500 E 4th St

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