Webinar

Investing in the Sheconomy: The Power of Female-Founded Startups

Laura, Meera, Brittney, Sophia FFWF

Venture into the world of untapped potential with Alumni Ventures’ Women’s Fund team as we explore the powerful impact of female founders and leaders in the startup ecosystem. This webinar aims to shed light on the often underestimated opportunities in investing in women-led startups.

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We will unravel the truth behind the biases in venture capital leading to missed opportunities in supporting diverse and innovative female founders. The webinar will delve into the extensive economic influence of women, creating a massive $20 trillion Sheconomy, and the undeniable benefits of investing in women, backed by real-world success stories from Alumni Ventures’ portfolio companies.

Don’t miss out on this eye-opening discussion that goes beyond statistics, providing insights into the diverse perspectives, market opportunities, economic growth, and social impact that women-founded startups bring.

Watch above to be part of a transformative dialogue and pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future.

Note: You must be accredited to invest in venture capital. Important disclosure information can be found at av-funds.com/disclosures

About your presenters

Laura Bordewieck Rippy
Laura Bordewieck Rippy

Managing Partner, Women's Fund

Laura brings operational perspective as a CEO, Chairman, and executive in technology startups in addition to investing experience. As Managing Partner at Ripplecreek Partners’ technology practice and General Partner at FA Technology Ventures, she worked various tech sectors: mobile, consumer, internet, SaaS, cloud-based, marketing, and enterprise software across many economic cycles. She also served as CEO at Handango, creating the first marketplace of mobile apps. At Microsoft, she co-founded two businesses as an intra-preneur in an elite swat team spun out of Bill Gates’ office. Laura holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and AB in Government from Dartmouth (’89).

Brittney Wade
Brittney Wade

Senior Associate, Women's Fund

Brittney brings to her role product and operational experience from her time with enterprise and startup companies. Most recently, she worked with Trove, a Series D startup, where she led product development for the launch of Canada Goose’s first circular economy program. Brittney is a graduate of Columbia University and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Sophia Zhao
Sophia Zhao

Senior Principal, Women's Fund

Sophia brings a wealth of experience in capital advisory, corporate development, and operational optimization, establishing impactful collaborations with CXOs and Founders. With a diverse industry exposure encompassing cloud computing, mining and minerals, consumer goods, and Web3, Sophia has been at the forefront of transformative technologies. Since 2018, she has been immersed in the crypto universe, working at Galaxy Digital, Huobi US, and Crypto.com. In these roles, Sophia engaged with startups and institutional clients on capital raising and trading across the Americas, EU, and Asia regions.

Actively fostering innovation and mentorship, Sophia serves as a mentor and judge at prestigious institutions such as Yale’s Tsai City for Innovation, Berkeley’s Blockchain Xcelerator, Techstars, and Layer 1 protocols, including Ethereum, Algorand, and Solana. She maintains close ties with the blockchain communities at Stanford and Yale.

Driven by a passion for shaping the future through frontier technologies, Sophia is currently supporting AI data and applications deals within her team. She holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University, an MBA from the University of British Columbia, and an MAM from the Yale School of Management.

Meera Oak
Meera Oak

Senior Principal, Women's Fund

Meera’s background includes strategic, financial, and operational experience from her time at Yale University, where she managed a $1B budget (of a $4B organization), led M&A transactions, and secured business development relationships with corporate partners. Most recently, she worked with early-stage venture funds and incubators like Create Venture Studio and Polymath Capital Partners and was responsible for launching business ventures and sourcing investments in enterprise SaaS, infrastructure, and ecommerce. Meera has a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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