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Women in the Boys Club: Stories of Startup Success from Female Founders

  • twelveNYC 45 Main Street #615 Brooklyn, New York United States (map)

These four female founders will tell the stories of how they built their businesses, raised capital, and took no bullshit to make it happen. Like all FEMPIRE events, this evening promises cocktails, crostini, and a night away from your everyday routine where smart women come together to learn about the entrepreneurial movement and the importance of The FEMPIRE mission.

Come hear their stories, build your networks, and be inspired.

Marissa Evans Alden is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sawyer, a company that connects children, parents, and providers of the best enriching childhood experiences through a suite of industry-leading technology solutions. Prior to starting Sawyer, Marissa lead the Growth Team at Rent the Runway Marissa, and also founded the consumer fashion application Go Try It On which was acquired in 2014. She holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Ben and their daughter Blake.

Sawyer has raised $7.5 million in two rounds:

Seed ($1.5 million) + Series A ($6 million).

Annie Dean is the co-founder and co-CEO of Werk, a startup championing flexibility as the future of work. A former corporate real estate attorney, Annie spent six years in Big Law closing billions of dollars of real estate deals for institutional lenders and equity owners. She is fascinated by simple answers to big questions.

Werk has raised $3.9 million dollars in two rounds:

Pre-seed ($1.1 million) + Seed ($2.8 million).

Polly Rodriguez has always been drawn to turning terrible experiences into great ones for customers as the CEO of Unbound. With a background in strategy consulting, she started her career at Deloitte specializing in brand building and customer experience. She went on to scale the YCombinator startup Grouper which focused on the worst experience of all: dating. But there was always one shopping experience that she found to be the worst - buying your first vibrator as a woman. Years later, she’s now the CEO of Unbound, a DTC sexual wellness company that makes high quality, body safe vibrators, lubricants, and accessories at half the price.

Unbound has raised $2.7 million to date.

Tanya Van Court is the Founder and CEO of Goalsetter, a goal-based savings and gifting platform made for kids. Prior to Goalsetter, Van Court served as SVP of Partner Marketing at Discovery Education, was SVP and General Manager of NOGGIN, ParentsConnect and NickJr.com at Nickelodeon, and was VP of New Media Products for ESPN. Van Court holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and four degrees in parenting from her children Gabrielle, Hendrix, Seneca, and Maxwell.

Goalsetter has raised $1.5 million to date.

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