The Rundown: 2017 #PESummit San Francisco

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On Wednesday, October 18, Project Entrepreneur’s second of three 2017 summits was held in San Francisco at Galvanize. The energy at Project Entrepreneur Summit | San Francisco: The Fundamentals of Funding was invigorating and spirited. Aspiring entrepreneurs networked with fellow female founders and workshopped ideas with inspiring business leaders, working together to build scalable, high growth companies that will shape the future of our economy.



The day began with welcome remarks from Lori Feinsilver, Head of Community Affairs & Executive Communications, Americas, UBS along with Rent the Runway Co-Founders Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss and ended with a keynote conversation with Jenn Hyman and Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbrite, moderated by Emily Chang.


Interactive workshops led by a host of successful women representing an array of industries included:

Legal Speed Dating with Nnena Ukuku, Co-Founder of Venture Gained Legal & Black Founders Startup Ventures, Katherine Rodota, Associate at Top Tier Capital Partners, Evita Grant, PhD Associate, Intellectual Property at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Patent and Innovations Group, Laura Slezinger, Co-Founder of Venture Gained Legal, & Vinella Sido, Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Demonstrating Traction: What Metrics Investors Want To See and How To Get Them with Jenny Fleiss, Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, Anarghya Vardhana, Senior Associate at Maveron and Christine Moseley, Founder & CEO of Full Harvest Technologies.

Two pitching workshops were held that day entitled, The Perfect Verbal Pitch with Joanne Yuan, Associate Partner at Cowboy Ventures, Sara Deshpande, Partner at Maven Ventures, Linnea Conrad Roberts of GingerBread Capital Roberts Foundation New York and Menlo Park, Cristina Costa of GingerBread Capital as well as with Eurie Kim, General Partner, Forerunner Ventures and Gwen Cheni, Portfolio Manager, Pier 88 Investments.

Setting the Stage – Building Investor Relationships Before You Pitch with Arum Kang, Co-Founder & CEO of Coffee Meets Bagel

Cultivating High Impact Advisors with Eva Khoo, Investor at Vertex Ventures and Laura Mathers, Founder & CEO of Talent Sonar

Here are some of the attendees’ top takeaways from the day:







If you missed Project Entrepreneur Summit | San Francisco: The Fundamentals of Funding, you can still experience the inspiration and insights by subscribing to our podcast, #theTools. We will release audio of the keynote and all the workshops over the coming months. And make sure you’re in the front row for future events by subscribing to our newsletter. Additionally, if you can’t make it to the East Coast for PE Summit in NYC on Friday, November 17, you can follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Have you applied to the Project Entrepreneur Venture Competition?  Top applicants will attend the PE Intensive, featuring hands-on workshops, in-depth talks, networking opportunities and a live pitch competition, where the finalists compete for a $10,000 grant to build their business and a spot in our 5-week accelerator program. Deadline is November 27 at 11:59PM EST. Apply today!

[Photos by Amanda Gentile/ADG Photography]