Boston Innovation Community Rallies Around Second Annual Capital WThe Second Annual Capital W, Boston Women's Venture Summit, Set for May 6
Leading organizations including The Boston Globe, Uber and SoulCycle come onboard in advance of May 6th Summit to connect women to capital
BOSTON, April 7, 2016 – Capital W, the Boston Women’s Venture Summit, founded by investor and local businesswoman Sheryl Marshall, and co-chaired by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College (CWEL), today announced several new organizations are joining the effort to provide women entrepreneurs with more opportunity and better access to funding. New committed supporters include The Boston Globe, Uber and SoulCycle. Joining several other firms in Boston's venture capital community, Flybridge Capital and Cross Harbor Capital Partners also came onboard.
The May 6th event will feature an impressive lineup of expert speakers as well as several pitch sessions in which women entrepreneurs can get real-time feedback from leading venture capitalists. Uber East Coast General Manager, Meghan Verena Joyce, will address the audience in an afternoon session entitled: “Everyone an Entrepreneur,” and Babson College President Dr. Kerry Healey will welcome the crowd alongside Marshall. Other speakers will include leaders from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston.
"Uber's growth and success can largely be attributed to the innovative ways in which the platform has increased both access to transportation and opportunities to earn income on your own terms. We as women must continue to spread the same message of increasing access and opening up opportunities whether on the road or in life. I'm incredibly proud to be a part of a company that recognizes and celebrates women's contributions to our business and I'm thrilled we're supporting Capital W for the same reason," said Uber’s Joyce.
"I'm honored to have so many important players in our community coming out and supporting Capital W," said Capital W’s Marshall, "We are addressing a huge gap that exists in today's venture capital ecosystem and the only way to fix it is to get the community to join together in these efforts. This year's event is shaping up to be even bigger and bolder than last year, and we thank our sponsors, female entrepreneurs and those participating as judges and speakers, for helping make that happen."
Additional sponsors include Gesmer Updegrove, General Catalyst, Bain Capital Ventures, Atlas Venture and Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS). The Boston Globe will be the media sponsors for the event. Others interested in supporting Capital W can contact Info@BWVS.org.
Business plans are still being accepted from female entrepreneurs who would like the chance to pitch venture capitalists from several leading firms including General Catalyst Partners, Atlas Venture, Bain Capital Ventures, and Flybridge Capital Partners.
Tickets for the day are $125. Seating is limited. To register, please visit:
About Capital W, the Boston Women’s Venture Summit
Motivated by research from Babson College’s Diana Project, Capital W is a one-day event founded by investor and Boston businesswoman Sheryl Marshall that will bring together local women entrepreneurs and members of the investment community to address the current funding gap for women-owned businesses. Capital W will feature presentations from successful CEOs and venture capitalists about their business journeys and viewpoints on women in the industry, interactive pitching workshops and on-site coaching.
About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
Founded in 2000, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College (CWEL) fulfills and extends Babson’s mission by educating, inspiring, and empowering women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. The Center does this through innovative education programs, events, and by supporting and widely disseminating research about the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. For more information, visit
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