Entrepreneuring Women in Austin
Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
Austin Chamber Offices
500 E 4th St
Nationwide, only 3% of VC-backed companies have a woman CEO. More surprising yet, only 15% have a single woman on the executive team. Yet when women are on the team, studies show companies have substantially higher financial performance. Pitchbook data shows that Austin suffers the same 3% funding levels for women-led companies. But there are positive trends: Austin Texas is ranked #2 for growth in women-owned businesses, and Austin is ranked #6 in women-led businesses seeking equity crowdfunding. Women entrepreneurs will share their successes & challenges, and discuss what’s different about Austin and what other cities can learn from what’s happening here.
Co-Founder & Pres
Amy Millman has established a successful career as an advocate working for and with business and government officials to develop and implement national business development and policy initiatives. ...Show the rest
Amy Millman has established a successful career as an advocate working for and with business and government officials to develop and implement national business development and policy initiatives. In 2000, she co-founded non-profit venture Springboard Enterprises whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to the equity markets. The organization hosts educational programs and forums to provide women entrepreneurs with access to investors and information about sources and uses of equity capital.
Previously, Amy served as the Executive Director of a federal government commission focused on developing policy and initiatives concerning women's business ownership. Earlier in her career, she represented the interests of several corporate and industry groups before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Amy has served on the boards of many organizations including her current service on the boards of JumpStartInc and Enterprising Women magazine. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a masters degree from The George Washington University. She and her family reside in the Washington, D.C. area.Hide the rest
As an entrepreneur, software tech executive, and investor, Jan Ryan has been focused on building early and expansion stage companies for over 25 years, resulting in four successful acquisitions and...Show the rest
As an entrepreneur, software tech executive, and investor, Jan Ryan has been focused on building early and expansion stage companies for over 25 years, resulting in four successful acquisitions and one IPO. Always attracted to disruptive growth opportunities, Jan’s long-standing mantra has been: “Fall in love with making your customers’ lives better.” This has led to a successful track record of building industry-recognized teams in both public and privately held companies.
When her last company was acquired in 2012, Jan's passion for women entrepreneurs led her to found Women@Austin, a community focused 100% on increasing the success ratios of female-led business. With a Board of some of the most successful female leaders in Austin, Women@Austin has been strengthening the ecosystem for women for two and a half years, now with over 650 members.
Jan co-founded Social Dynamx in 2009 with a passion to transform customer care in the age of social technologies. As President of Social Dynamx, Jan was driven by customers’ changing expectations in their purchase cycle with brands, and the ability to predict customer behavior and intentions based on the imprint of their social activity. The company brought to market the first social customer care platform designed for the needs of big enterprises, and quickly attracted several large customers such as DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, and HP. This led to an acquisition by industry leader Lithium Technologies in the Fall of 2012.
Jan originally moved to Austin in 1996 to be founding VP of Sales for Vignette Corporation, an early Internet enterprise software company that had a successful IPO in 1999. Subsequent to this, Jan was CEO of Sigma Dynamics, a San Mateo-based early provider of real-time predictive analytics and marketing platform that was acquired by Oracle (ORCL) in 2006.Hide the rest
True Wealth Innovations
Leveraging over 20 years' experience launching and growing startups and new lines of business, Kerry Rupp advises clients on innovation & strategy. In addition to consulting, Kerry is a Venture Pa...Show the rest
Leveraging over 20 years' experience launching and growing startups and new lines of business, Kerry Rupp advises clients on innovation & strategy. In addition to consulting, Kerry is a Venture Partner at True Wealth Ventures, a new early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses that develop consumer health and sustainable products and technologies to more efficiently address and solve the next generation of challenges. Kerry is an active startup coach who is asked to judge at startup competitions nationwide and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation and early-stage investing. She serves as a mentor at Capital Factory and International Accelerator and on the Advisory Panel of the Texas Health Catalyst program at Dell Medical School.
Prior to her consulting practice, Kerry was CEO at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, where she was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities, raised a $15+M follow-on fund, and initiated the DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs. These specialty programs were conducted in partnership with Comcast Ventures, Penn Medicine, Independence Blue Cross, Johns Hopkins University, Northrup Grumman, Kaiser Permanente, the state of Pennsylvania and the SBA.
As a General Partner at DreamIt, Kerry reviewed thousands of startup applications, led the DreamIt Fund II LP fund design, raised funds, performed due diligence and made investment decisions. As of Q1 2015, the Fund had completed 37 financings and had an unrealized net return of 2x on an average investment life of 1.5 years. At that time, DreamIt companies in aggregateHide the rest
CEO & Co-Founder
Laura Bosworth, CEO/co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with 25+ years of cross-functional industry experience. TeVido is a biotech start-up using innovativ...Show the rest
Laura Bosworth, CEO/co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with 25+ years of cross-functional industry experience. TeVido is a biotech start-up using innovative 3D bioprinting and a woman’s own cells to create tissue engineered solutions for reconstruction after breast cancer. Recent press coverage includes CNBC, CNN, The Economist, Popular Science and many more. The company has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Cancer Institute and the LIVESTRONG Foundation
With a B.S. in Engineering from UTEP, Bosworth started her career in manufacturing process development for IBM. She quickly moved into management where she led software development and launched a Technical Marketing Center earning a General Manager’s Award for her contributions to sales and customer relationships. At Dell, she built strategic business partnerships with large companies such as Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle and led software product marketing delivering significant product feature improvement, highlighted by industry analysts. Ms. Bosworth is recognized for her skill in starting up new business functions and created multiple technical sales support functions including an OEM business unit: enabling over $500M in sales. She launched a professional services business unit and has expertise in customer support services. Using her cross-functional and international experience, she developed corporate wide quality strategies that reduced operating costs by ~$120M.
Ms. Bosworth has volunteered for numerous non-profits, primarily supporting women’s needs in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field as well as domestic violence – in Board positions as well as providing direct service. Ms. Bosworth developed curricula, taught and provided mentorship with several applied entrepreneurship programs -focused on mentoring aspiring underrepresented and women entrepreneurs to develop their own high-growth companies.Hide the rest