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July 20, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Women founders holding their own raising capital, next local “Women’s Capital Series” is next week

This should be considered fairly good news for women founders.

In the midst of turbulent times, with public market volatility and heightened geopolitical tensions, PitchBook News reports that female founders have turned in relatively strong venture investment metrics. Specifically, during the first half of 2022, U.S. start-ups with one or more women founders raised $20.8 billion of venture funding. That figure represents more than 93 percent of the deal value raised in the first half of 2021 – a record year for venture capital funding for female founders in the country.

Click here for more data.

And, those in the Knoxville area interested in learning more about women funding women are invited to attend the second session in Let Her Speak’s three-part “Women’s Capital Series” June 28 at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

  • The morning session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. is titled “My Funding Journey” and is focused on women entrepreneurs. Panelists who will participate are; (1) Courtney Jones, Founder of MomSource Network and now Chief Revenue Officer at Boulo Solutions which acquired her start-up; (2) Erica Grant, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Lock Technologies; (3) Melissa Centers, Consultant and Advisor to Boards of Directors, C-Suite, and Chief Legal Officers; and (4) Frog Greishaw, Owner of Frog Juice Kombucha.
  • The noontime session from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. is titled “My Investing Journey” and features: (1) Centers; (2) Tanika Harper, Founder of Shora Foundation, owner of Harper’s Naturals, and Co-Founder of The Women LLC of Knoxville; and (3) John Bruck, Director of the Spark Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee Research Park and a member investor of Queen City Angels in Cincinnati.

Registration for one or both is available here.

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