8:00am – 8:30am
Registration & Networking
8:30am – 12:00pm
Angel Resource Institute Program
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Individual Angel Tables (Lunch Provided)
2:00pm – 2:15pm
Opening Remarks: Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia
2:15pm – 4:45pm
4:45pm – 5:15pm
Break / Judges Deliberation
5:15pm — 5:30pm
Winner Announced / Photos
LOCATION: National Constitution Center
Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
KEYNOTE: Bridgette Beam, Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs
WELCOME: Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia
Moving the Needle on Women and Funding
How do we collaborate to ensure more female founded companies get necessary funding for growth? There are different ways female-founded companies raise money—friends and families, self-funded, angel investments, strategic partnerships, venture capital, and more. What is working well and what isn’t? If we can identify these key attributes in the process we create a big change in order for women to compete and be successful. During this conversation, we will identify what is in our power to change and set priorities for collaboration for the next 12 months.
Moderator: Deborah Jackson — Founder & CEO, PlumAlley.co (US)
Leading with Impact
How can women leverage a social impact strategy to complement their business goals? In a crowded business environment, everyone has to work smarter to have their voices heard. This conversation will start by discussing how social impact drives business goals and objectives, and finish with key learnings from several current leaders who have successfully incorporated social impact in their work.
The Role of Values, Community and Transformed Leadership in Scaling for Growth: Research from Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
How does an entrepreneur transform as a leader when her company undergoes rapid growth? What does she need to do to guide this journey successfully? To get past the start-up stage, women entrepreneurs must undertake a number of critical steps, such as creating a board and evaluating financing options, to shape their companies to scale. But they must also look inward and consider what matters most and how to transform as a leader if those steps are going to gel, drive long-term growth and result in a market-leading company. This salon will explore new research from the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, including the experiences of some of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™, on the role of values, community and transformed leadership in scaling big.
Dramatic Growth: Factors That Support Growth Beyond the Million Dollar Mark
Is it true that women don’t “think BIG?” If so, what can we do to support them through the journey of scaling their businesses? Women entrepreneurs are a powerful force; in a number of countries, women are creating over half the new firm starts. Despite robust early growth of women led firms, businesses owned by men are 3.5 times more likely to reach $1 million in revenue. This is caused by lack of access to appropriate advisors, customers, supply chain, and networks of the “right” capital needed to scale. This salon will address the issues and opportunities that have been uncovered by a variety of programs and discuss broader opportunities to support women that are ready to scale.
Moderator: Lesa Mitchell — Founder, Network for Scale (US)
Demystifying the Dark Art of Getting Funded
How do we make the funding journey easier for high growth Women Entrepreneurs? Securing funding is not a dark art, it’s a process built on human relationships between funders and seekers. Here, successful women entrepreneurs share practical steps on how they got funded and funders share best practices and key insights from the other side on how to engage with investors before, during, and after investment. The goal of this session is to propose concrete suggestions on how we can open doors, collaborate, and make the funding journey easier for women entrepreneurs. These practical key tips will be collected and shared with you post-Summit.
Moderator: Anne Ravanona — CEO & Founder, Global InvestHer (France)
Growing Women-Led Businesses in Emerging Economies
What will it take to grow women-led businesses in developing and emerging markets? Women entrepreneurs in emerging economies face many of the same challenges as their western peers as well as a host of other regulatory, cultural and societal impediments. The salon will identify what it would take to level the playing field for women-led businesses in these markets.
Moderator: Rania Anderson — Founder, The Way Women Work
The Missing Data: Connecting Accelerators & Funding for Women
What effects do accelerator and incubator programs have on getting funding? What is the effect for women specifically? The startup landscape promotes accelerators as a vital step towards preparing for investment, however there are no broad statistics on how being a part of one actually effects long-term fundraising. Individual programs, like Springboard, TechStars and 500 Startups track these statistics individually but don’t focus specifically on women. This session will cover what facts we do know, as well as identify any areas in which we need more knowledge about this issue.
Moderator: Amy Millman — President, Springboard Enterprises (US)
A conversation with Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, EY as interviewed by Lisa Schiffman, Americas Director, Marketing and Communications, Strategic Growth Markets, EY
Banking on the Female Economy: The Role of Banks in Increasing Access to Capital
Why aren’t women being adequately served by banks and what are the main barriers that they face? How can banks take this on as a business opportunity and why is it important that they do so? The female economy is larger than China’s and India’s combined: women control $20 Trillion of consumer spending and make 64% of consumer decisions. There are more than 10 million women-run businesses and women earn more than $4.3 trillion. Yet banks have not been able to fully capture this business opportunity: 80% of women-owned small and medium sized businesses feel under-served when it comes to their credit needs; in a recent survey women stated being the least satisfied with financial services out of all sectors globally. This salon will uncover some of the barriers preventing banks from successfully targeting this segment. We will discuss the growth prospects of this untapped market and highlight various examples of banks from around the world that have been able to successfully and profitably reach that market.
Your Government at Work: Policy Impacts on Women High Growth Entrepreneurs and their Ventures
How is entrepreneurship policy shaped by administrators and with reference to public input? What changes are being made, and can be proposed, to more successfully promote women high growth entrepreneurs and their ventures? Government policy strongly influences how the entrepreneurship ecosystem is structured, including what programs, funding and networks are made available through public channels to entrepreneurs either directly, or though secondary agencies. Government policy on entrepreneurship also shapes economic policy which has a major impact on many issues of the entrepreneur, including capital access, tax levels, support for neighborhood business development, R&D support, and access to training and development programs, including incubators. Governments want more innovation and the policy world has become more sophisticated since the 2008 crash in identifying ways to promote it. What is the impact of this on women high growth entrepreneurs?
Many Minds/Many Solutions: Using Peer Learning to Accelerate High-Growth Businesses
How can peer learning provide necessary business strategies that contribute to the growth of a company? One of the keys to women’s high growth entrepreneurship is learning, and there is no greater teacher than experience. The goal of this conversation is to identify what types of peer educational programs can be offered to support entrepreneurs moving from early stage through growth stage, and what they need in order to continue to scale effectively and make decisions that support business growth.
Founded in 1996, the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is the mid-Atlantic region’s largest organization dedicated to supporting high-growth businesses created or led by women. Through its educational and networking events, AWE fosters relationships within the entrepreneurial community to identify, cultivate and inspire women entrepreneurs. We are proud of our members, many of whom have founded and led innovative ventures that have resulted in significant return on capital for investors.