08 Sep Overcoming the Funding Gap For Women Entrepreneurs
The Indiana Conference forWomen is accepting applications through September 15, 2015, for Springboard’s™ Dolphin Tank, a pitch session that provides women entrepreneurs with feedback, guidance and connections to accelerate their success.
“The biggest barrier that has held women entrepreneurs back is access to capital,” said Billie Dragoo, CEO of RepuCare and co-founder of the Indiana Conference for Women. “The Dolphin Tank provides a supportive environment where women can learn the high-stakes art of pitching, along with the language of venture capital, that will help them achieve business growth.”Conference co-founder Deborah Collins Stephens added, “Women-led businesses are on the rise, yet these firms are traditionally underserved by all sources of growth capital. We are committed to providing programs such as these that help overcome hurdles to secure the funding these businesses deserve. ““Research shows that if a man and a woman submit the same application to a funding source, the male name is received more favorably,” said Kristen Cooper, Vice President of Operations & Corporate Development at Sticksnleaves, and founder of the Launch Ladies. “We don’t believe this encapsulates the whole picture. Men entered into the startup arena early. One of the biggest challenges for women is simply not being as familiar with the process. The Dolphin Tank provides the opportunity for women entrepreneurs to learn, while exposing their startup to influencers and investors, leading to their next stage of growth.”“Indiana’s women entrepreneurs represent a strong supportive network committed to the success of other women,” stated Polina Feldman, Spin Up Associate at Indiana University’s Research and Technology Corporation.
Speakers include businesswoman and fashion icon Kathy Ireland, Ellevate Network chair Sallie Krawcheck, author Amy Wilkinson, EY’s Global Vice Chair of Public Policy Beth Brooke-Marciniak, certified speaking professional and author Jennifer Kanhweiler, Ph.D., communications strategist and author Sam Horn, certified executive coach and author Bonnie Marcus, Indiana University First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, business analyst and Inside Indiana Business host Gerry Dick, WTHR’s Andrea Morehead and conference co-founders Deborah Collins Stephens and Billie Dragoo.