For the past ten years, founders, innovators, VCs and investors have descended upon Silicon Valley to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by the best and brightest in the tech industry at Startup Grind's Global Conference. And as innovation and investment grows, funding is concentrated to Silicon Valley and New York and minority groups are still lagging in access to venture backed capital and equity in funding. Why is that? If there is not a lack of available capital and there is not a shortage of minority startups to invest in, why is there still a disconnect if investors and VCs truly value diversity, equity and inclusion? Let's talk about it!
We cordially invite you to discuss the issues and barriers that exist for minority founders and their ability to access capital or achieve equitable funding investment to their white male counterparts. As we listen to founders and VCs/investors, we will have a no holds barred, honest conversation, concerning how minorities are perceived and the challenges they face in the funding environment:
The conversation will be moderated by the Startup Grind Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee.
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I'm an Army brat who has lived in Germany, Austria, Hawaii, and several less exotic locations. Words and engaging people are my superpowers. 25+ years of experience in the private, non-profit, and state government sectors, provide the eclectic background that serves me well as an industry-agnostic business analyst, researcher, and content creator. Domain expertise includes writing, customer discovery, startups, broadcast media, prospect research, business development, marketing, and group facilitation.
As Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst at In Focus Brands, I deploy as the primary point of contact onsite at client locations; using strong analytical and organizational abilities to engage key leadership and internal divisional stakeholders. I conduct audits to assess existing business processes and help develop branding, messaging, strategic action plans, and change management processes.
As Director of Startup Grind NY - Capital Region, I lead conversations with successful business leaders, who share lessons they learned while building great companies. It’s the place to learn best practices about getting and keeping customers, increasing revenue, and lowering costs.
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I've been doing startups since long before they were cool. My passions include startups, data science, and coffee.
My latest venture, Board++ breaks glass ceilings, diversifies startup boards, and develops our next generation of leaders by placing corporate executives from underrepresented groups on startup boards. I founded the Startup Grind Princeton chapter in 2014 and live in downtown Princeton.
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