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Hera Venture Summit

  • USD, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA, 92110 United States (map)

A One-Day Intensive Event Aimed at Building Critical Connections Between Female Investors and Female Entrepreneurs

Featuring Vicki Saunders (Founder, SheEO), Key Panels such as SD Innovates and The Future is Female, & Interactive Discussions

Hera Venture 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.

Schedule of events:

7:30 - 8:30 am ~~~ Registration
8 - 8:30 am ~~~ Light Refreshments & light breakfast
8:30 - 9 am ~~~ Welcome

  • Welcome to Hera Venture Summit: Silvia Mah, Founder Hera Labs, Hera Angels & She Invests
  • Welcome to San Diego: TBD
  • Welcome to USD: Michael Lawless, Professor & leader of entrepreneurship initiatives at the School of Business Administration
  • Welcome from our MC: Sarah Bacerra, Community Director of Learning and Engagement, Hera Hub

9 - 9:30 am ~~~ Keynote: Vicki Saunders, Founder SheEO

Vicki Saunders, angel investor, entrepreneur, and global impact investor, founder of she-e-o, in Canada, will be our opening, morning keynote, inspiring women to activate their capital to fund new innovations. WHITE PAPER on "Radically Generous Women Creating a New Economic Model” here.

9:30 - 10:30 am ~~~ Panel I :: SD Innovates!

MODERATOR:  Vidya Dinamani, Co-founder & Principal at Product Rebels


Audrey Jacobs, Partner, OurCrowd

Lea Freeman, Senior Associate, Qualcomm Ventures

Susie Harborth, General Partner and CFO at BioInnovation Capital

Carla Holland, Director, South San Diego SBDC

10:30 - 11:00 am ~~~ BREAK :: innovation ecosystem showcase
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ~~~ Panel II :: The Future is Female


Terri Mead, Vice President Sand Hill Angels

Kim Folsom, Co-founder of Founders First Capital Partners & Founder/CEO of LIFT Development Enterprises

12:00 - 1:00 pm ~~~ Lunch & innovation ecosystem showcase
1:00 - 1:30 pm ~~~ Keynote :: Andrea Guendelman, CEO BeVisible LatinX

Andrea Guendelman, entrepreneur and global media maven, co-founder & CEO of Be Visible, a latina-empowering professional career network. Andrea will speak about the LATAM startup scene and how latino/a entrepreneurs and investors are impacting the global economy.

1:30 - 2:00 pm ~~~ Keynote :: Elissa Freiha, Co-founder of Womena, female angel group in the UAE

Elissa Freiha is an entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, women’s rights advocate and co-founder of WOMENA a Dubai-based angel investment platform that empowers and educates women to invest in tech startups in the Middle East.

2:00 - 2:15 pm ~~~ Set-up for pitches and short bio break

2:15 - 3:45 pm ~~~ Interactive Session


Silvia Mah

Briana Weisinger

a. Fast Pitch by 3 San Diego startups ~~~ TBD

Interested in pitching? Top 3 startups from Hera Fast Pitch on August 31, 2017, are invited to pitch at HVS.

b. Fast Due Diligence in audience teams ~~~ Due diligence packages distributed, fast due diligence intro, discussion amongst teams (teams act like an early-stage investment fund and team leads will facilitate discussion), and funds named. 

c. Fast Funding ~~~ All teams have $1M monopoly money to decide how their fund will distribute to the 3 pitching startups. 

3:45-4 pm ~~~ BREAK

NEXT 2 PANELS: 2 TRACKS: angel invetors (a) & entrepreneurs (e)

4-5 pm ~~~ Panel IV (a) :: Sharing Best Practices around the venture table

Angels, VCs and fund managers, bring 3 of your best practices to share in a very interactive session

4-5 pm ~~~ Panel IV (e) :: Financing the dream, not just from VCs


Briana Wesinger, Startup Advocate, UCSD


Felena Hanson, Founder & CEO Hera Hub = Licensing

5-6 pm ~~~ Panel V (a) :: Managing your portfolio like a Queen

5-6 pm ~~~ Panel V (e) :: Being a Storyteller is key


Nichole MacDonald, Founder & CEO of Sash

Harry Duran, Founder of Full Cast

6-6:15 pm ~~~

1) Announcement of Winning HVS pitching startup

2) Closing inspiration :: ACTIVATE your WHY

3) FINAL REMARKS :: Silvia Mah, founder of She Invests, Hera Labs and Hera Angels, will challenge you to act on the stronger bridges obtained at the event. The rising tide lifts all boats!

6:30-7 pm ~~~ Happy Hour :: WINE, WOMEN and WISDOM

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.


Earlier Event: August 19
Later Event: September 28
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