Third Annual Capital W Conference Set for June 8 at District Hall
Boston's premier event to close the female funding gap in venture capital will highlight the intersection of wellness and technology in day of speakers, pitch competition and networking
BOSTON, March 9, 2017 – 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), Version 2.0 Communications and Boston Mayor's Office of Women Advancement's WEBOS, today announced the third-annual event will be held at District Hall on Thursday, June 8. The focus this year will be on the intersection of wellness and technology, with entrepreneurs, investors and those interested in the state of venture capital for women joining together for a day of speakers, pitching, workshops and relationship-building.
Despite the major advancements women have made in business over the last decade, a huge gap still exists when it comes to female entrepreneurs and venture funding. A recent Bloomberg report revealed that companies founded by women received an average of $77 million in venture funding compared to the $100 million male-led startups raised. Capital W was created with one goal in mind: closing that gap.
The nationally-renowned event will feature panels and workshops made up of the best and brightest — from venture capitalists and female entrepreneurs to academics and startup gurus. A select group of female founders will also get the chance to pitch a group of venture capitalists in front of the audience, getting immediate feedback and input on their presentation.
After selling out District Hall for two consecutive years, the third annual event will remain in the heart of Boston's Innovation District allowing for intimate networking and an interactive atmosphere. New to the program this year is a "He Said, She Said" debate, where male and female venture capitalists will face off in dissecting the cause of women-led businesses struggling to get the same funding as their male counterparts. The Ada Lovelace Award will also once again be presented at the event to the venture capital fund who has done the most to contribute to the advancement of women in venture capital this year.
"It is our goal to once again bring the community together to discuss this important topic and we are looking forward to building on the great success of years past," said Sheryl Marshall, Founder, Capital W. "Helping female founders connect with venture capitalists is critical if we are ever going to bridge the funding gap, and this event does just that — it fosters the relationships that are hugely important in getting women connected to capital. We've strategically kept the event to a small size so we can foster that kind of environment and are keyed up for another sold-out event."
In addition to Foley Hoag, who will be sponsoring a cocktail reception for attendees to mingle with female venture capitalists at the event, Capital W also announced sponsors Bain Capital Ventures, Brandeis International Business School, Brown Brothers Harriman, General Catalyst and Zaffre Investments.
Details on additional sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.bwvs.org.
Tickets for the day are $125 for early birds then will go up to $150. Seating is limited. To register, click here.
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.
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