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Monday, October 1 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Women in Tech Summit

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Capital Factory, in partnership with Women@Austin and DivInc, welcomes you to our second annual Women in Tech Summit, kicking off Austin Startup Week on October 1, 2018.

Capital Factory is committed to increasing diversity in the tech community and making our coworking space an inclusive and welcoming environment. The Women in Tech Summit is a day full of programming to help inspire, engage and elevate female entrepreneurs and tech professionals through insightful panels, interactive workshops, our $100,000 Pitch Challenge Competition and a fireside chat with Bumble COO, Sarah Jones Simmer who is also leading the newly launched Bumble Fund to invest in women founders.

The Summit will also include Investor Office Hours for female founders. Apply here to meet with venture capitalists and angel investors about your startup during the Women in Tech Summit!


Women leaders in tech, female founders, and the men and women who support and invest in them.

Casual, business casual, business professional - whatever you feel most comfortable in!

9:00 AM: Registration + Breakfast
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM: Opening Remarks 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Session 1: Leading the Team: Being the Boss
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 2.1: Advocating For Yourself
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 2.2: How to Raise Seed Capital 
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Session 3.1: Google Workshop
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Session 3.2: Women in Deep Tech
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: $100,000 Investment Challenge Pitches (Facilitators include: Preston James, CEO of DivInc, Rashmi Kilam, Managing Director of Bouin Capital, Kim Folsom, Co-Founder of Founders First Capital Partners, and Cat Dizon, Partner & COO of Active Capital)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Sarah Jones Simmer Fireside Chat
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM: $100,000 Winner Announced
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks
5:00 PM: Austin Startup Week Happy Hour

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Christy Abizaid

Director for Supply Chain Sustainability, Dell Technologies
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Lisa Andrade,

Former Chief Marketing Officer, St. Jude Medical/Abbott, Founder & CEO, M33
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Sara T Brand

Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
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Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

President and Chief Executive Officer, Huston-Tillotson University
Ranking as the first female president and CEO of the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only historically black college and university (HBCU), Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette has proven to be a successful educational leader. Before... Read More →
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Dr. Meredith Butterfield

Principal Data Scientist, Valkyrie Intelligence
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Sehr Charania

RigUp, VP of Talent
Sehr Charania is the VP of Talent at RigUp, an energy marketplace that has raised over $30M from prominent VCs, including Founders Fund, and has over 100 employees. Prior to RigUp, Sehr was based in the Bay Area and was the Head of People and Impact at ipsy, the world's largest beauty... Read More →
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Julia Cheek

CEO & Founder, EverlyWell
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Kirk Coburn

Investment Director, Shell Ventures
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Juliana Garaizar

Board Member, Angel Capital Association
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Cindy Kent

Board Member and Innovator, Health Care Executive
Cindy Kent is an experienced healthcare executive known for her transformational and visionary leadership. Most recently, she was President & General Manager of the 3M Infection Prevention Division—a $1.7B+ global business with operations in over sixty countries worldwide. Before... Read More →
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Erin Keys

Director, Water & Food Incubator, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)
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Sarah Jones Simmer

Chief Operating Officer, Bumble
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Patti Soch

CFO, Datical
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Van Truskett

Director for Technology Innovation Development, University of Texas at Austin - Office of Technology Commercialization
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Claire Vo

Claire is the VP of Product Management at Optimizely, the world’s leader in digital experience optimization. Previously, she was the CEO and co-founder of Experiment Engine which was acquired by Optimizely in 2017. Prior to launching Experiment Engine, Claire led product development... Read More →
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Leslie Wingo

SandersWingo, President
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Zeynep Young

Venture Partner, Next Coast Ventures
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Monday October 1, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Capital Factory
  Women in Tech Summit Track
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor