January ABLE Community-Building Forum: Get Into the Investor Mindset
Thursday, January 20, 8:00 - 9:00 AM PST
What do investors truly care about? How do you demonstrate results and sustainability? How do you increase your chances of success in securing an investment and a relationship with the right investor? Understanding the difference between the entrepreneur and investor mentalities can be game-changing.
Learn how to sort through the priorities of an investor, strategies for risk mitigation, and approaches to promoting your enterprise effectively. This forum is dedicated to preparing the ABLE entrepreneurs for the upcoming February graduation and pitch sessions.
Nasir Qadree, Founder and Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners
Monique Woodward, Founder and Managing Partner, Cake Ventures
Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
Joyce Chung has over 10 years of operating experience in technology companies and 15 years of venture capital investing experience. She was a founding partner of Cardinal Venture Capital, a $125 million early stage venture fund. Prior to forming Cardinal Venture Capital, Joyce managed venture investments for Adobe Ventures. Joyce also held operating roles at Adobe Systems, Sony Corporation, and Cambridge Technology Group. She received an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Joyce is currently focused on environmental and social philanthropy and is on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of California and chairs the Investment Committee of Elemental Excelerator.
Founder and Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners
Mr. Nasir C. Qadree is Founder and Managing Partner of Zeal Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that partners with entrepreneurs to bridge America’s wealth and skills gaps. He defines the firm’s focus, leads investment activities, and manages post value creation strategies and support mechanisms for its portfolio companies.Prior to Zeal, Qadree served as Associate Director for AT&T’s $400 million Aspire Social Investment Fund, where he oversaw direct investments in education and employment technology companies, and led the tech giant’s investment readiness program and its partnerships with national accelerators across the U.S.
Founder and Managing Partner, Cake Ventures
Monique Woodard is an early stage investor at the intersection of technology and newly powerful consumer groups. As the Founder and Managing Director of Cake Ventures, Monique invests in the future of technology being driven by major demographic trends. She invests in companies with global ambitions who are creating technology products that meet the needs of tomorrow’s internet users.
Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship is an enterprise accelerator program designed to strengthen, energize, and support small businesses and nonprofit organizations led by Black entrepreneurs in the United States.
The ABLE Network-Building Forums are a learning series that provide a space for Black founders in the ABLE program to learn directly from and have community conversations with industry experts.
Another panelist joining the ADIS23 Investor and Entrepreneur Forum is Shasha Jumbe, Co-Founder and CEO of Level 42AI and an alumn of the first cohort of Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ABLE). Meet Shasha at ADIS23. Register @ https://bit.ly/adnadis23.
Dana Weeks is the Co-Founder and CEO of MedTrans Go, a B2B healthcare appointment optimization platform. Dana will join the panel of the ADIS Investor and Entrepreneur Forum. Learn from founders about how they overcame funding hurdles by registering @ https://bit.ly/adnadis23
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