Funding Your Startup: A Mentor Session | Austin, TX

Date: 7/18/2019

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Place: The Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St, 16th floor, Austin, TX 78702

HERdacity hosts a panel of experts from the startup community, including entrepreneurs, investors, and advisors to share their wins, losses, and experiences funding start-ups. We will hear from these experts while leaving plenty of time for Q&A.

The objective of this panel is to provide mentorship to entrepreneurs with a focus on funding, including:

  • Hearing the stories from our panels of experts, their journeys with start-ups, and why they are passionate to mentor
  • Learning about the range of funding options in startups and what is required to get the money you need to keep your initiative moving forward
  • Understanding the real trade-offs between family, self, and your startup, especially as it pertains to funding choices as a female entrepreneur

This event is open to the public and relevant for wherever you may be in your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you are considering a startup, actively seeking funding, or working to sketch out a long term plan for how to keep your startup viable, please join us!

Scholarships are available for those in need.

Speaker Bios

Andrea Kalmans
Principal, Lontra Ventures

As a Principal of Lontra Ventures, Andrea is a technology and new business market maker; she is an entrepreneur at heart with a keen analytical eye. She is a seasoned, Fortune 50 veteran with 15 + year’s experience in cultivating and building strategic relationships and delivering on financial commitments. These skills have been leveraged during her career spanning from NY Investment Banks to venture-funded start-ups in key sales, business development and marketing capacities.

Silva Gentchev
Co-Founder, Reset

As a Co-Founder at Reset , Silva helps create inspiring, productive workspaces for remote work professionals in Austin by partnering with unused restaurant spaces. Prior to founding her company, Silva spent 8+ years in product marketing and management – bringing SaaS products to market and driving adoption for companies like Ooyala, Amazon, and Dell. She is passionate about creating products that consumers connect with and love using.

Michael Gnagy
Founder, The

Michael Gnagy cofounded The, recently acquired by Google, a decade ago after he realized how frustrating ordering food was. Over the course of ten years, he grew the business and survived multiple changes in business model all without a dime of outside capital. Michael now serves as a Product Manager focusing on building The from within the search engine giant.

Kristin Spindler

Director, IncubatorCTX

Kristin blends a background in international banking and entrepreneurship with financial expertise and project management skills for growing businesses. She built her own real estate development company from a startup into a $10 million business. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Kristin was a Vice President and Credit Officer at Citigroup, New York. She holds a BA in History from Duke University and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Looper

Co-Founder/COO of OneSeventeen Media, PBC

Amy is an AI EdTech-Mental Health Tech social venture entrepreneur. With nine partners, she grew her first tech company 8,164% in 35 months resulting in a $158M IPO one month later. Today, now on her 4th business having recently raised a $515k seed round, Amy and her partner at OneSeventeen Media have built a digital mental health platform called reThinkIt! that uses AI-driven chatbot assistants to help kids process difficult emotions. The evidence-based mobile apps have prevented a school shooting and student suicides.

OneSeventeen Media is Texas’ first Certified B Corp, recently becoming a Public Benefit Corporation. They are B Lab 2015 and 2016 Best For The World Awardees as a company recognized for using business as a force for good.