Women@Austin’s Launch June 3rd at Capital Factory

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Women@Austin’s public debut was February 13 at the Capital Factory. The energy in the room was amazing! It was our first in a series of quarterly events called 2014: Be Bold, with a focus on forming a trusted network among women entrepreneurs in Austin.

We learned a lot with this first session. Sold out in 5 days with 50 on the waiting list, it confirmed our intuition that women want more opportunities in Austin to learn from the experiences of others. We want to talk with other women. We need to cross-pollinate in different stages of the journey, to share lessons learned, and swap tips about funding. Whether seeking a Mentor, a co-founder, or just connections, we need a trusted network in Austin to be ourselves.

Bill Wood, general partner of Silverton Partners, shared a few words at the beginning of the evening as a guest speaker, relating the wisdom of his experience in being a thirty-year venture capitalist in Austin. He talked about the need to increase the number of women-backed ventures, and how it was important to him. “Women are under-represented and they add such a different dimension.”

Christine Fahey