Women owned 12.3 million businesses, or 40 percent, in 2018 and are starting 1,821 new businesses each day in the U.S. Yet, 98% of all venture funding goes to men.
To successfully launch and scale a company, it is critical for women to have access to the right tools, expertise and resources.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference on Wednesday, November 14 at George Mason University’s Founders Hall, was inspired by the missions of two of its sponsors: Freedom Start Foundation Founder Richard Fink and 30 Second Pitch founder Joseph B. Sprung, who passionately believe venture capital should not just be for the well-connected, but for the hard workers with the best ideas.
Both organizations — along with third partner and host George Mason University School of Business — seek to create an environment of encouragement, support, knowledge and funding opportunities for those looking to take the next steps in their career.
Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a 30-Second Pitch for $5,000 in startup funding: the deadline is Monday evening, November 12 at 7 p.m. Three finalists will pitch to a panel of expert judges and the winner will be announced at the conference Wednesday, November 14.
Also at the free, full-day conference, attendees will:
- Hear the inspiring stories of top women in business who have become successful entrepreneurs.
- Learn and ask questions about how to make the changes necessary to fulfill your dream business and how to navigate the obstacles involved.
- Learn about funding opportunities for those looking to take the next steps in their career.