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Thursday, June 16 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Funding Female Founders

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In 2016 women are starting businesses at double the rate of men. According to Forbes, more than 30% of privately-held businesses in America are run by women, and in the last decade the number of all women-owned firms has grown by 28.6% – compared to a 24.4% increase for all U.S. businesses. The sad news is women still get less than 4% of VC funding. Meet a tech exec, a bio-startup and an investor that will tell StartUpWeek why we are still facing this and what can be done about it.

Panel led by Cheryl Goodman, Executive Director of Athena San Diego

Mission of Athena: Our mission is to promote professional growth for women executives and rising managers in science and technology.

Sectors include life sciences, healthcare, defense, engineering, and related industries, as well as the service providers who support these sectors.

Personal and professional growth is fostered through unique educational and motivational programs that address key issues in these industries. Athena also provides networking opportunities that contribute to the vitality of women’s roles in business and nurtures the next generation of women executives.

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Cheryl Goodman

Executive Director, Athena San Diego
Executive Director of Athena San Diego - Athena is a non-profit business league designed to connect women executives and rising managers in STEM. Athena also oversees the Athena Foundation - a 501(c) 3 that provides merit-based scholarships to high school women. @athenasandiego... Read More →

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Lori Steele Contorer

Lori Steele Contorer is the world's top expert in election modernization, pioneering the adoption of software as a service and bringing proven state of the art technologies, already proven in other mission–critical industries, to make elections more accessible, affordable, transparent... Read More →
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Susie Harborth

Susie Harborth is General Partner at BioInnovation Capital and Managing Director of BioLabs San Diego, a premier coworking space for life science startups. She is focused on emerging areas of biotechnology, including orphan and rare disease, genomics, diagnostics, women's health and... Read More →
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Supriya Jaiswal, PhD

Supriya is the CEO and Founder of Astrileux Corporation, a next generation semiconductor company in San Diego, CA. Astrileux designs advanced engineering technologies that enable high volume manufacturing of next generation integrated circuits (IC) chips at 14 nm and smaller. The... Read More →

Thursday June 16, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm PDT
401 West A St. 24th Floor Room D