Palo Alto, 3rd April 2017- Investing Women hosts a round table with some of San Francisco’s finest and First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon:
The core topic was promoting international trade and investment opportunities for Scotland’s women-led companies in particular.
On 23rd April, Investing Women will be bringing 7 of Scotland’s top female CEOs to California for a week-long trade and investment mission. Excitement is building. Doors are opening.
Many of the 18 round table guests are involved. They include dynamic influencers Dr Una Ryan OBE, winner of the Albert Einstein Award for Life Sciences Achievements; VC Jodi Sherman Jahic, one of all too few female VCs; VC Duncan Davidson of Bullpen Ventures, backers of Scottish Unicorn Fan Duel and serial entrepreneurs and best selling author John Chisholm, President of the Worldwide MIT Alumni.
An inspiring conversation was also led by top US female CEOs Bonnie Crater, Full Circle Insights and Amy Norman, Little Passports sharing their experiences of raising both angel and VC finance.
Our Scottish entrepreneurs will have the privilege of being hosted by The NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Centre, led by Executive Director Nicola Corzine and President Bruce Aust; both of whom were also present. Nicola leads a cutting edge programme boosting innovation amongst top entrepreneurs and our female CEOs will learn more of this during the week’s events.
Golden Seeds Angels Sheri Anderson and Gwen Edwards and Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek led an active discussion on both local and international investment and the positive impact of the rapid growth of women angels in the USA.
Barry O’Brien, MD of Silicon Valley Bank added a global perspective along with Duncan Davidson; giving solid advice on positioning Scotland for increased inwards investment and investment in Scottish companies.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was joined by Scottish Enterprise CEO Lena Wilson and Chief Scientific Advisor Sheila Rowan in the productive discussions and the welcome announcement of a doubling of support for Investing Women to greatly increase access for women entrepreneurs to a year long schedule of programmes and events to help Scotland’s women entrepreneurs go for scalable growth and position for investment and growth capital. Thank you First Minister and the ScotCanDo Entrepreneurial Team.
Investing Women would also like to give a very special thanks to Gwen Edwards, Angel Resource Institute board member and Golden Seeds Angel for her superb chairing and so generously giving access to her wonderful network. This is the ‘connective tissue’ which spans borders and builds the global community Gwen and Investing Women CEO Jackie Waring are passionate about building.