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Bridging the Startup Funding Gap

Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, John M. Olin School of Business

For women and underrepresented minorities

The staggering imbalance of startup funding available to founders who are women or underrepresented minorities is not only inequitable but creates unrealized innovation and investment returns. Founders who are women, Black or Latinx each receive less than 2% of the startup funding available from venture capital—well out of proportion to the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the population.

This persistent reality has inspired a search for solutions by the WashU Olin Brookings Commission, a panel of successful founders, funders and policy experts who have examined the root causes of this enduring inequity. Their work has produced a slate of policy recommendations aimed at guiding the venture capital industry, founders and government policymakers toward solutions to this inequity.

Join us for a presentation from members of the WashU Olin Brookings Commission to see for yourself what’s behind this imbalance in startup support—and what can be done to help realize all innovation. 

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation containing your personalized link to access the add-to-calendar options and to join the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Schools

Olin Business School

Website

https://events.olin.wustl.edu/f419Ue6...

Event Contact

Amy Hosford | hosfordal@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

THE WASHU OLIN BROOKINGS COMMISSION

FOUNDERS

Lori Coulter, MBA 1999

Co-founder and CEO,

Summersalt

Morgan DeBaun, AB 2012

Founder and CEO, Blavity;

Advisory Board Member, Black Economic Alliance

Akeem Shannon

Founder and CEO,

Flipstik

POLICY INFLUENCERS

Charli Cooksey

Founder and CEO,

WEPOWER

Andre Perry

Senior Fellow,

The Brookings Institution

FUNDERS

Christine Aylward

Founder and Managing Partner,

Magnetic Ventures

Martin Hunt

CEO,

Swanlaab USA Ventures

RESEARCH TEAM AND FACULTY CONVENERS

Doug Villhard

Commission Chair;

Professor of Practice and Academic Director for Entrepreneurship, WashU Olin Business School

Dedric Carter

Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Chief Commercialization Officer, WashU;

Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship, WashU Olin Business School

Dan Elfenbein

Professor of Organization and Strategy,

WashU Olin Business School

Gisele Marcus

Professor of Practice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,

WashU Olin Business School

Ming zhu Wang

PhD student, Strategy and Entrepreneurship,

WashU Olin Business School

Aditi Vashist

PhD student, Organizational Behavior,

WashU Olin Business School

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