December Funding Pathways: Silicon Valley Bank, Stitchcrew, Chloe Capital, Crowdfund Better, Enthuse Foundation 馃捀

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When it comes to money for startups, there's no shortage of options - from crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, equity funding models such as convertible debt, friends & family rounds, smaller VCs, grants and even angel investment networks. 馃挵 Join us for our funding pathways event series for a panel with industry leaders so you can find out which path is right for you! 馃殌

This month's panel is comprised of 5 trailblazing women across various industries! Read more about each speaker below. 猬囷笍

As a Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank on the Startup Banking team, Sophie Nazerian鈥檚 primary focus is on strengthening and showcasing the early-stage startup ecosystem in her hometown of Los Angeles. Ever passionate about the positive global impact that new technologies can have, Sophie leverages her enthusiasm, dedication and experience to support founders as they achieve their visions. She鈥檚 committed to fostering inclusivity and diversity in the startup industry. Before joining SVB, Sophie gained experience working in a variety of sectors, including tech entrepreneurship, academia, government, and corporate innovation. Her previous roles include serving as an Engagement Manager at Techstars and as a member of the community founding team at Project FoundED.

Erika Lucas is the Co-Founder of StitchCrew, an organization connecting women and BIPOC entrepreneurs with the capital, resources and networks they need to launch and scale companies. Since its launch, StitchCrew has partnered with brands like the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Google, BASF, and others to create programming for traditionally overlooked founders. Erika also founded VEST, an organization investing in women-led companies and connecting women professionals to expedite the pipeline of more women in positions of power. She is Managing Partner of VEST Her Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital Firm investing in women-led companies in the Future of Work and Care Economy and the host of the VEST Her Podcast, a show about the barriers women face in the workplace and stories of women building power collectively. Erika is a member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association and LatinxVC.

Myneco Ramirez is a Partner and Chief Experience Officer at Chloe Capital. She is a technologist, entrepreneur, mother, and visionary builder with a broad background in IT, corporate events, and business development. For the last seven years, Myneco has served as Founder and CEO of MBR Concepts, a corporate event and conference planning company producing domestic and international events for tech companies. During this work, Myneco created investor networking events for pre-seed startups who have gone on to raise institutional capital and acquisitions. In addition, she has built several lifestyle businesses from the ground up, which catalyzed her passion for helping entrepreneurs. In addition to her work at Chloe Capital, Myneco is a real estate and angel investor. She鈥檚 also always on the cutting edge of technology, currently as a NFT collector and DeFi enthusiast.

Kathleen Minogue is Founder & CEO of Crowdfund Better, the leading crowdfunding education and technical assistance organization in the U.S. Since 2012 she has been helping entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to unlock the financial and nonfinancial support of their networks to fund projects not supported by traditional finance. Kathleen is the creator of The Crowdfund Better Process鈩 and has coached successful donation, rewards and investment crowdfunding campaigns. She is particularly focused on bringing the crowdfunding opportunity to women, minority and rural entrepreneurs. Kathleen has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and PwC Women Unbound report, and has presented at the Director鈥檚 Guild of America, SBDC & WBC National Conferences, and Crowdfunding Deep Impact UK.

Rachel Robins is a relationships-oriented professional specializing in grassroots communications efforts, external relations, and program management. In her current role as Senior Manager, Development and Education for Enthuse Marketing, Rachel manages the day-to-day functions of the Enthuse Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving women entrepreneurs with a focus on the food, beverage, and CPG industry. Rachel has extensive experience in the nonprofit, community relations, and entrepreneurship fields working at such prestigious organizations as WWE, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Harvard Business School Club of NY. However, she got her start working for the NYC Department of Education connecting high school students with professional work opportunities.

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