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As part of the Founder Institute’s new series of free online startup events for entrepreneurs practicing social distancing, we were pleased to welcome an expert roundtable of women entrepreneurs, including Liza Rodewald, CEO & Founder of Instant Teams; Stela Suils Cuesta, Founder of DiTal & Regional Leader for LeanIn Portugal; Olivia Owens, Head of Partnerships at iFundWomen, and more.

On Thursday, April 30th, 2020 (9am PDT) the Founder Institute held a live, interactive webinar event on challenges and the future of startup gender diversity, and how female founders will help build the post-COVID-19 world.

  • Liza Rodewald is the CEO & Founder of Instant Teams (FI Washington, DC), a technology platform that enables companies to create and manage remote customer success teams powered by a global workforce of military spouses, and recently closed $1.5M funding round. 
  • Stela Suils Cuesta is the Founder of DiTal, Regional Leader for LeanIn Portugal, Director of the Startup Grind chapter in Lisbon, and is committed personally to empowering diversity, equality, and inclusion in technology and leadership positions. 
  • Olivia Owens is Head of Partnerships and a founding team member at iFundWomena platform that has helped women to raise millions of dollars in capital.

The Female Founder Initiative is a global network of entrepreneurial women backed by the Founder Institute, and at this live an interactive online event, top female founders, investors, and startup experts will share their stories, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. Join us for what promises to be an informative and entertaining roundtable and Q&A discussion!

Enjoy the deep-dive, interactive panel discussion with female entrepreneurs, investors, and startup experts.

Full Webinar

Now is the time to build your dream company and create the Post Coronavirus world. Apply to the Founder Institute pre-seed accelerator to build something that matters. 

Webinar highlights

Checking in on employee's mental health

Diversity and inclusion

Use your superpower / expertise to survive COVID19

Leadership and adjusting to working from home

Make customers feel good about spending money on your product or service

Access to capital for startups during the Coronavirus pandemic

Mentoring is crucial, and looks shouldn't matter when finding a mentor

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