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Where else can you meet female investors from all over the globe in ONE DAY in San Diego? The Hera Venture Summit is an intensive, mindfully-crafted event aimed at building critical connections between female Investors and female entrepreneurs

Join us for our 4th Annual Hera Venture Summit on Saturday, Sept. 16th 2017 on the USD Campus! Featuring female angel investors from around the globe, this all-day event is aimed at building bridges between female founders & female funders. Make valuable connections, find inspiration and expand your network at this once-a-year premier event!

Here is why the Hera Venture Summit is a must-attend event for the venture ecosystem:

  • 3 impactful keynote speakers who are global advocates of startup ecosystems
  • Key panels such as “SD Innovates” and “The Future is Female”
  • Interactive Discussions with ACTIONABLE outcomes about investment red flags and entrepreneurial story telling
  • Innovation and Ecosystem Showcase of resources & exciting startups that are THRIVING in San Diego and SoCal regions
  • Interactive Pitch Session where the audience receives $1M venture funds to invest in the 5 San Diego startups

This annual summit will bring together EXPERTS from both sides of the investment table to share best practices, essential tips and lessons learned. Binational, local and global resources will be shared and discussed along with trends and hot topics around gender investing.


Keynotes at the Hera Venture Summit will empower attendees to think global, act global, and appreciate the investment activity around the world.

1. KICKOFF KEYNOTE: Vicki Saunders, founder of SheEO

Vicki Saunders is an angel investor, entrepreneur, global impact investor, and founder of SheEO. Hailing from Canada, Vicki will be our opening keynote speaker, inspiring women to activate their capital to fund new innovations. Read her white paper on “Radically Generous Women Creating a New Economic Model” here. The goal of SheEO is: to reach 1M Activators, 10,000 women-led Ventures and a $1B perpetual fund to support women for generations to come. Vicki has co-founded and run 4 ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley including Zazengo (an online platform for consumer and employee engagement for Fortune500 companies focused on sustainability), KidsNRG/The NRG Group (which went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2000) and Impactanation, a global consulting firm focused on engaging youth to tackle the grand challenges we are facing.

Vicki was recently named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women,” alongside Marissa Mayer, Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, and Michelle Obama.

In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. She has spoken regularly at events around the world including; The World Economic Forum in Davos, Women of Influence Series in Canada, TEDx Conference, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs events and the Tallberg Forum.

2. GLOBAL INVESTMENT KEYNOTE: Elissa Freiha, co-founder of WOMENA

Elissa Freiha is an entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, women’s rights advocate and co-founder of WOMENA a Dubai-based angel investment platform that empowers and educates women to invest in tech startups in the Middle East. Born and raised in Paris, the Emirati of Lebanese and American descent graduated from the American University of Paris with a BA in Global Communications and speaks 4 languages. As an active angel with over 28 investments between North America and MENA, she has been frequently listed by media outlets and most notably by Arabian Business’ 100 most powerful Arab women in 2015 and 2016 as well as the 100 most influential Arabs under 40.

3. INVESTING IN DIVERSITY KEYNOTE: Andrea Guendelman, co-founder & CEO of Be Visible

Andrea Guendelman is an entrepreneur, global media maven, and co-founder & CEO of Be Visible, a latina-empowering professional career network. Andrea will speak about the LATAM startup scene and how latino/a entrepreneurs and investors are impacting the global economy. Helping young women become leaders and achieve their full potential is her passion. Andrea came from Chile to the United States in search of the kinds of educational and economic opportunities Be Visible hopes to open for all Latinxs. After she attended Harvard Law School she worked as the associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education and later practiced law as a corporate attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton, the Export Import Bank of the United States, and Microvest Capital Management. Since moving to Colorado, she promotes the power of entrepreneurship for women and diverse communities by organizing various festivals and events including Common Pitch Chile featuring Al Gore and DevelopHer Challenge featuring Geena Davis and Maria Bello.

This year we are aiming for more attendees, greater participation of diverse speakers, and even larger social media reach than ever during our all-day Hera Venture Summit at the University of San Diego. JOIN THE MOVEMENT of an increasing rising tide of female investors who invest in female entrepreneurs from around the globe.


We are living in a time where female-led business are thriving on a global scale, and yet in the past year female entrepreneurs received just over two percent of all venture capital funding. Two percent. Let that sink in. Hera Venture Summit addresses this glaring gender funding gap head on and brings together a global representation of women from both sides of the investment table – founders & funders – all in the same room, to make magic happen. Women join forces & finances at this annual event to make a huge economic impact on the global innovation ecosystem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]