Join us for a unique Women’s Month event featuring entrepreneurs from Maryland’s technology and life sciences community. Hear from four women leaders as they share their experiences – from overcoming obstacles to advancing their businesses and securing funding. They’ll also discuss the current climate of entrepreneurship for women leaders and how to best navigate the start-up community.
TEDCO’s new Senior Director of Venture Funds, Katherine Hill Ritchie, will lead this lively discussion with innovative founders from TEDCO’s portfolio.
For those who missed this event, you missed what was probably the best event in the 88 that we have held to date.
Thank you Katherine Hill-Ritchie, Senior Director of Venture Funds at TEDCO for moderating such an educational and inspirational panel discussion on "Navigating Maryland's Startup Community as Women Entrepreneurs.
Thank you to Dr. Sue Carr, Founder and President of CarrTech, Dr. Elizabeth Clayborne, Founder and CEO of Nasaclip, and Dr. Anuja Sonalker, Founder and CEO of STEER Tech for sharing your stories, your struggles, your accomplishments, and your advice for fellow women entrepreneurs.
There are far too many valuable insights and take-aways to list here. However, here is a shortlist of what our panelists shared with the audience.
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Thank you again to the TEDCO team and our panelists for an incredibly impactful event.
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Senior Director of Venture Funds
Katherine Hill Ritchie has 19 years of finance and investment experience. She is a frequent speaker and content provider to investment conferences and publications world-wide. She founded Private Capital Investments, LLC while she was working in Geneva, Switzerland in 2009 when she realized there was a need for personalized investment services for family offices beyond typical brokers, banker…
Katherine Hill Ritchie has 19 years of finance and investment experience. She is a frequent speaker and content provider to investment conferences and publications world-wide. She founded Private Capital Investments, LLC while she was working in Geneva, Switzerland in 2009 when she realized there was a need for personalized investment services for family offices beyond typical brokers, bankers or wealth managers.
Katherine has worked internally and as an advisor to 8 family offices, 4 Billionaires, through her firm, Private Capital Investments, LLC. She serves as Director and Board Member for Nottingham Spirk Family Office, and her past roles include: Simon Group Holdings, Eden Capital, PEX Global, and Wedge Alternatives. She spent 7 years in Switzerland where she was a Managing Director at Palladio Alternative Research and Senior Analyst and Investment Committee Member for the Saad family office’s $3.5 billion investment portfolio. She is an early-stage Angel Investor, a member of Citrine Angels, and is on the investment committee for University Impact, a social impact Venture Capital fund. Katherine is an advisor to several start-ups and likes to focus on female and diverse founders, technology, medtech, consumer and impact related early-stage venture companies.
Katherine received her MBA from Fordham University and her BS in Psychology from University of Maryland. Her Board member activities include: Chair of the ACG New York Family Office Committee, Board Member of ACG NY, and Family Office Advisory Board of TriState Capital. Her past philanthropic volunteer activities include: Global Co-Chair of The Guild, the Philanthropy and Education Committees of 100 Women in Finance, and Fordham MBA Overseers Board.
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Dr. Sue Carr RPh is President and Founder of CarrTech Corp., a medical device company. CarrTech has developed, patented, and prototyped an all-in-one package one needle filter device to increase safety and compliance while reducing time and waste. Sue has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in retail management and clinical hospital pharmacy, specializing in ICU, ER, Oncology, and NICU. Sue is a board member of WMSHP (Washington Metropolitan Society of Health Care Professionals) and a delegate for WMSHP/ ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists). Sue has graduated from incubators, accelerators, I-Corps, and leadership cohorts. Sue has received numerous awards, including "Spotlight Pharmacist of the Year" from her peers at WMSHP, Emerging Life Science Company of the Year by Maryland Tech Council, D.C live Red-Hot Entrepreneur, and Power Woman of Tech. Sue saw a problem with an antiquated system of filtering injectable-based ampoules and developed FROG (Filter Removal of Glass), a safer, more efficient, cost-effective way of administration. Caltech's mission is to improve healthcare for all.
Anuja Sonalker is the founder and CEO of the autonomous vehicle software company STEER Tech and, as such, was named one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry by Automotive News. STEER develops secure automated vehicle technologies to enable situationally aware and robust cyber secure automated driving applications. Dr. Sonalker draws two decades of experience from the automotive industry and the US cybersecurity defense sector. She is the Vice-Chair of the SAE Vehicle Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Committee and Co-Chair of ISO 21434: Automotive Cybersecurity Framework. Dr. Sonalker also serves on the Board of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), the Board of Visitors for the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, and the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority of Howard County, Maryland.
Dr. Clayborne was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended Duke University as an undergraduate, where she designed her major in Medical Ethics and Religion. Before medical school, she completed a two-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, focusing on race, ethnicity, and genetics. Dr. Clayborne attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where she completed a dual MD/MA Bioethics degree in 4 years. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital and served as Chief Resident in her fourth year.
Dr. Elizabeth Clayborne is CEO and Founder of NasaClip, bringing a novel nosebleed treatment device to market. She is currently a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine with an academic focus on ethics, health policy, end-of-life care, and innovation/entrepreneurship.
As a resident, she developed a fast and easy-to-use nosebleed rescue device, NasaClip. In 2015, she was awarded the NSF I-Corps grant, which helped launch her company Emergency Medical Innovation, LLC. She recently closed on a pre-seed round of $550K in December of 2021 and was awarded an NSF SBIR Phase I grant in March of 2022. Her company will be launching the Class I version of her device into the market in June of 2022.
Dr. Clayborne has been featured in several national interviews on networks such as CNN and MSNBC discussing COVID-19 and health equity and ethics issues. She also did a TEDx talk on advance care planning entitled: "How to protect your body and your doctor's soul during Covid-19". Dr. Clayborne looks forward to continuing her career as a practicing emergency physician, innovator, business owner, and leader in health care policy and reform.
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