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WE NYC: Fund Your Business


Feb. 6 2020, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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Should you self-fund? Take out a loan? Start a crowdfunding campaign? Look for VC?

Don't miss out on a day full of inspirational talks and practical workshops to get your questions answered! We will be discussing the different sources of funding you can access when you are looking to start or scale your company.

Featured Speakers: ***Stay tuned for more details! ***

Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO, Luminary.

Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc. and on the Advisory Board for Girls Inc. NYC. Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services. She has received numerous recognitions including being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking List by American Banker multiple times as well as a two-time recipient of the Financial Times Heroes Global Diversity Champion. She has been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, USA Today, NowThis News, Women 2.0, TheStreet, Cheddar, Women’s Wear Daily, Refinery29 and more. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland. She’s a global traveler having visited more than 115 countries. She also serves on the Board of WaterAid. Cate is Forbes and Fast Company contributor.

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Olivia Owens, Head of Partnerships, iFundWomen

Olivia Owens is the Head of Partnerships at iFundWomen, the platform for female entrepreneurs to raise capital through crowdfunding, grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses. Olivia was a founding team member of iFundWomen, which launched in 2016 and continues to help women raise millions of dollars in capital. Her leadership brokered critical partnerships to help scale the business, including Girlboss, The Riveter, and The Wing. In addition, she supported the creation of iFundWomen’s proprietary coaching program and helped build-out one of the nation’s largest connected communities of women business owners through the platform. Olivia previously held positions at Under Armour in People & Culture and received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

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Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, General Partner, WOCstar Fund I

After 20+ years of wall street, technology, philanthropy and policy, Gayle (Gay-lä) is embracing her female superpowers to amplify social change. Her boldest endeavor to date is a social and financial education campaign to empower, educate and celebrate women to drive $1Billion in resources, support and capital to women of color (WOC) entrepreneurs globally. With the launch of WOCstar Fund I, an early stage investment fund focused on women of color tech startups she is working to transform how people and organizations can invest and grow companies led by women of color entrepreneurs. aka “WOCstars” and their diverse teams.

Kate Novotny Angeles, Director of Capital Access, NYC SBS

Kate Novotny Angeles is the Director of Capital Access at the NYC Department of Small Business Services. In this role, she oversees two $10M City loan funds for MWBEs and ensures that entrepreneurs receive access to capital and technical assistance to start and expand their businesses in New York City. She has held previous roles in the CDFI space, including Senior Economic Development Lending Manager at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Lending Manager at Accion Chicago. Additionally, Kate was the CEO and founder of a start-up social venture, Buena Vida Coffee, and considers herself an entrepreneur at heart.

Refreshments will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

A special thank you to our partners:

Luminary is New York City’s premier collaboration hub for women. We are a female-focused community of empowered professional women with a space in NYC to develop, network and connect.

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