Capital W Conference Announces Call for Business Plans
Female entrepreneurs interested in presenting at the third annual event can now apply to be considered for one of the interactive pitch sessions
BOSTON, April 24, 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 a call for business plans from female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the event's pitch sessions.
Click here to apply to be part of the pitch sessions:
The third-annual Capital W will take place at District Hall on Thursday, June 8 and is focused on connecting women to capital. This year's theme is the intersection of wellness and technology and will feature three interactive pitch sessions where female founders can present their businesses to the audience in addition to a panel of venture capitalists who will provide real-time feedback.
While organizers are looking for ventures that combine healthcare and technology for two of the sessions, the third will be a generalist session for those companies that do not fall into that sector. Those interested in the generalist session should apply for "Open Call". The selection committee will primarily be focused on businesses that have a strong team, a very clear problem they are solving and a solid proof of concept. Applicants should be in the process of, or ready to raise venture funding.
"The whole vision of this event is to connect female entrepreneurs to capital and bridge the current gap in funding between female and male entrepreneurs," said Sheryl Marshall, founder of Capital W. "These women not only take the stage and get to hear real-time feedback from investors, but they also get the opportunity to network with top venture capitalists throughout the day. Our goal at Capital W is to catalyze the next wave of successful women entrepreneurs by helping to knock down the barriers that stand in their way."
Applications for participating in the pitch sessions are being accepted now through May 5. Those selected to pitch will receive professional training the week leading up to the event, provided free of cost by co-chair Version 2.0 Communications. Participants will then pitch during the June 8 event.
This year's sponsors include Foley Hoag, who will be sponsoring a cocktail reception for attendees to mingle with female venture capitalists at the event, Bain Capital, Brandeis International Business School, Brown Brothers Harriman, General Catalyst, Silicon Valley Bank, Zaffre Investments, and Victress Capital.
Details on additional sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.bwvs.org.
Early bird tickets are available for $125 (until April 28) while regular pricing is $150. Seating is limited. To register, visit the Eventbrite page here. This year, Capital W is running a giveaway for a limited number of free tickets for students and entrepreneurs. From May 15 to May 30 only, qualified students can apply with proof of valid student ID, and entrepeneurs can apply with an existing link for proof of startup (website, Facebook page) or provide a full description of business and/or the idea. Full details and qualifications can be found here. Winners will be announced Friday, June 2.
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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