Investing in women-led startups
See Jane Invest represents a portfolio of investments in startups and films curated by Kelly Keenan Trumpbour. To receive an investment, startups must be founded or co-founded by a woman, they must provide a scalable business model with an exit strategy, and the company’s presence in the marketplace must provide some evidence of positive social impact. As a producer, Kelly supports women filmmakers and production companies.
Polly Rodriguez is the CEO and co-founder of Unbound, a company that aims to make great sex accessible for all women.
Unbound sells sexual lifestyle products through a highly curated e-commerce store and subscription box service.
By focusing on product curation, quality content, and exceptional customer service – all delivered in the guise of a contemporary fashion or beauty brand — Unbound has built a loyal customer base of women and is positioned to be the premier site that women trust to deliver quality advice and products to enhance their sexual health and satisfaction.
Audience Awards is an entertainment SaaS platform disrupting and democratizing traditional branded entertainment. They source authentic, gorgeous, addictive video for the right price by connecting brands to award winning filmmakers.
150,000-member strong filmmaker/film loving community growing up to 10% a week, founded in 2013 by a career award-winning filmmaker and go getter female entrepreneur CEO Paige Williams; Advising COO/CFO is the former CFO of Travel Channel and SVP of Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters. BoD includes James Wood (Silknet Software), Lisa Stone (BlogHer) and Jeremy Sauter (Paramount Pictures).
Hip Chick Farms
Chef Jen Johnson started her career working with Alice Waters, renowned chef and proprietor of Chez Panisse. It was there that she became passionate about creating food that incorporates only the freshest, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. However, it was Jen’s work in Ann and Gordon Getty’s kitchen as their private chef that motivated her to share her recipes with the world.
Explains co-founder Serafina Palandech, “Part of Jen’s job included cooking meals for all the children attending the school at the Getty’s home. All the kids loved her cooking – especially her chicken fingers!”
This became the inspiration for Hip Chick Farms’ line of artisan, transparently sourced poultry products that are convenient for busy families. “Our chicken products contain no artificial ingredients; it’s like I’m in your kitchen, making it for you fresh,” says Chef Jen.
At Hip Chick Farms, we have a two-part mission. First, provide delicious, thoughtful, and nutritious chicken products for all members of the family. Our products are kid tested, mother approved, are easy-to-cook, fun to eat, and make you feel good. Secondly, we believe in linking the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. As such, our products meet the quality standards of today’s educated and busy consumers.
Hip Chick Farms donates a percentage of all profits to local community organizations and they are passionate about raising awareness about humanely farmed livestock.
In 2015, Food and Wine listed Jen and Serafina in their Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.
Jess Gartner is the founder and CEO of Allovue, where EdTech meets FinTech – EdFinTech!
She has been featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Education (2015, 2016 All-Star), The Baltimore Sun’s Women to Watch (2013), and Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40 (2013). In 2014, she was recognized as the Maryland SmartCEO Innovator of the Year in the Emerging Business category.
Before founding Allovue, Jess studied education policy at the University of Pennsylvania and taught in schools around the world, including Thailand, South Africa, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. As a Teach for America corps member, she taught middle school humanities in Baltimore City and received her M.A. in teaching from Johns Hopkins University.
Allovue is an education resource planning platform for K-12 schools and districts, which empowers educators at every level to allocate resources to best support the needs of their students. Its user-friendly software applications allow district officials, principals, and other school administrators to visualize, analyze, and optimize the impact of spending on outcomes in education. Allovue’s flagship product, Balance, contains applications to analyze school budgets, track and forecast expenditures, identify trends over time, and plan for future capital investments.
Jane Barratt is the founder & CEO of GoldBean. She is a long-term investor and champion of financial literacy. Her passion is connecting people with each other and providing ideas that can change their lives.
Her frustration with the disconnect between personal consumption (which drives the economy) and personal finance (from which only the wealthy benefit) inspired her to become a registered investment advisor, to apply a more empowered, personal and data-driven approach to investing.
Jane spent more than 20 years driving growth for Fortune 500 companies as a digital & marketing professional. She has used what she saw to build a dynamic, personal investment portfolio that enabled her leap into the startup world.
Jane can usually be found extolling the benefits of investing and telling women to stop spending so much money on shoes, unless of course they buy shares in successful shoe companies first.