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Pocket Sun: Creating a New Venture Ecosystem with SoGal Ventures

Pocket Sun: Creating a New Venture Ecosystem with SoGal Ventures
Pocket: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Building the largest global community of women entrepreneurs, SoGal takes an ecosystem approach to address systematic gender inequity. When my co-founder and I met in 2015, women entrepreneurs only received 2% of all venture capital funding. Seven years later, that number remains the same. SoGal has reached 130,000+ women entrepreneurs across 50 cities, trained 150+ women angel investors, and our GPs have underwritten 150+ deals. We’ve invested in 100+ startups across the US, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Africa. 

Sunita Grote: On an Adventure in Venture at UNICEF

Sunita Grote: On an Adventure in Venture at UNICEF
Sunita: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! At UNICEF, we try to support children all around the world, so that every child can go to school, be healthy and safe, have their voices heard, and have access to all the things they need to thrive. In my team, we specifically look at how some of the newest technologies could help children have better lives. We look at how artificial intelligence, blockchain, or drones could be used to help children learn or get faster access to the medicine they might need. One example of how we do that is by supporting entrepreneurs around the world to develop and test these kinds of solutions through our Venture Fund.

Simon Constantineau: Combining Investment and Entrepreneurship for an Equitable World

Simon Constantineau: Combining Investment and Entrepreneurship for an Equitable World

Thanks for having me, Spiffy! I am a venture capital (VC) investor. VC’s role is to invest in tech companies and support them with insights, mentorship, and network as they scale. I am an analyst at Inovia Capital, which is a leading Canadian-based VC firm. We invest in great company founders that have global ambitions to tackle important problems. We are looking to partner up with the next AirBnB, Instagram, or Pinterest and work together to change the world.