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Hera Venture Summit

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Our Summit will bring together EXPERTS from both sides of the investment table to share best practices, essential tips and lessons learned. Binational, local and global resources will be shared and discussed along with trends and hot topics around gender investing.

One-day intensive event aimed at equipping and connecting female founders and female funders


8:30-9 am  ~~~  Registration

9-10 am Keynote  ~~~  Kelly Hoey & Elissa Shevinsky

10-11 am  ~~~  Panel I :: Fish out of water: Stories bridging both sides of the tank (Blended audience)

Moderator: Felena Hanson, Founder & CEO Hera Hub

  • Lynn Hijar - Founder & CEO) at iBiz247 International Business Center
  • Rebecca Boudreaux - President & Board Member Oberon Fuels
  • Navrina Singh - Head of Qualcomm Innovation Program

11am-12 pm  ~~~  Panel II :: Spanning the trends gender investing & female founder ROI (Blended audience)

Moderator: Candace Klein, CSO DealStruck

12-1 pm  ~~~  Lunch & Ecosystem Resources on Display (San Diego, Orange County & Tijuana/CaliBaja)

1-2 pm Keynote  ~~~  TBD 

2-3 pm  ~~~  Panel III :: Bridging Binational Forces (Blended audience)

Moderator: Summer Rogers, CEO South Doctors

3-4 pm  ~~~  Panel IVa :: On Being a female angel investor (Angel track)

Moderator: Audrey Jacobs – VP OurCrowd

  • Kim Davis King – Partner, King Group
  • Kathy Sacks – Principal, Fearless Ventures
  • Valentina Vitols – Pipeline Fellow
  • Elizabeth Wilson – Managing Partner, Seed GC

 3-4 pm ~~~  Panel IVe :: Build Your Story  ~~~  (Entrepreneur track)

Moderator: Vidya Dinamani, Founder of Purpose Driven Product

  • Leslie Fishlock - CEO & Founder, Geek Girl Corporation
  • Ana Bermudez – CEO & Founder, TagIT
  • Nicole MacDonald – CEO, the Sash Bag
  • Ciara Kennedy – VP & Head of Cholestatic Liver Disease, Shire Pharmaceuticals

4-4:30 pm ~~~ Interactive Session – dynamics across the investing table

4-4:30 pm  ~~~ Build those bridges! Connect!

5-6 pm  ~~~  Panel Va :: Female Angel Groups increase collaboration & connectivity (Angel track)

Moderator: Allison Long Patine, Founder Crescent Ridge Partners & Seed San Diego

  • Suzanne Andres - Founding Partnner, Wing Pact
  • Kim Kovacs - Managing Director, Golden Seets l SoCal

5-6 pm  ~~~  Panel Ve :: Get Funded!! All about the financials! (Entrepreneur track)

Moderator: Karen Deschaine, Cooley LLP

  • Alicia Ott - Co-founder/CE Investors in Action
  • Sally Broff - SD Chapter President SCORE
  • Tyler Jensen - CEO of the Startup Garage

6-6:30 pm  ~~~  Building stronger bridges – final thoughts on connections and next steps

6:30-7 pm  ~~~  Happy Hour

Blended session = Both female founders and funders are in the audience, learning and growing fro each other’s perspectives.

Angel track = Female funders will be primarily in the audience, and topics discussed will pertain to their investment growth.

Entrepreneur track = Female founders will gain insight into topics that are highly relevant to getting funded.





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