The Female Founders Alliance Access Series is designed to help founders move their business forward by fostering meaningful connections with the people and organizations that are most difficult to access for underrepresented founders. Access Portland addresses the top three things founders need the most: access to investors, partners and media.
Through a combination of panels, 1:1 VIP coaching, founder AMAs (Ask Me Anything), and facilitated networking, our guest speakers and coaches will meaningfully support founders in their area of business expertise. Founders will leave with new connections and newfound wisdom that will help them build a profitable, sustainable business.
Confirmed VIPs include Seattle and Portland angel investors, representatives from Madrona Venture Group, Voyager Capital, Oregon Venture Fund, Seven Peaks Ventures, Portland Seed Fund, Trilogy Equity Partners, FoundersPad, Cascade Angels, and more to be announced.
Learn from experienced founders in Ask Me Anything sessions. Use this time to get real answers to questions you've been dying to ask other entrepreneurs.
1:1 meetings with some of the Pacific Northwest's top VC and angel investors. Use this time to pitch your company, get feedback, and kick off a relationship. VIP ticketholders only.
Share your story and get input and interest from members of the media. You have only 10 minutes, so be ready to capture their attention! VIP ticketholders only.
Diane lives in Portland, Oregon and has been a Partner with Voyager Capital since 2007, focusing on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. Diane is on the boards of Act-On Software, Stackery, TiE Oregon, University of Oregon Seed Fund Advisory Board, the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, and Providence Child Center. She is also a board observer of Chirpify, Lytics, and SheerID, She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France.
Nitin Rai is Managing Director of Elevate Capital (elevate.vc), a venture fund that includes Elevate Inclusive Fund, a seed stage fund that invests in diverse and underserved entrepreneurs in Pacific Northwest. Nearly 60% of Elevate Capital investments are in women, and 40% in African American and LatinX founder/CEOs led startups.
Since 2016, Elevate has invested in over $5 Million in 24 startups. These companies have raised follow-on funding of over $80 Million, with a market cap of $250 Million and created 300 plus jobs. These companies also report 50% of their employees as diverse. Elevate has already had an exit, with one of its portfolio companies, Portland-based RFPIO. Nitin Rai also serves as Chairman of TiE Global of Board Trustees. In this
role, Nitin leads the Board of Trustees mission to help its 60 plus global chapters to help entrepreneurs become successful through global programs and initiatives. Nitin serves as Chair of TiE Global Angels to help
entrepreneurs across the globe get funding from TiE Charter Members.Since 2007 Nitin has been an active angel investor, mentor, and is a founding charter member and President of the Board of TiE Oregon. In this
role, TiE Oregon has grown to a full-fledged angel investment group with a successful mentoring program. It has launched several education and accelerator programs including TYE and TIE XL. TiE Oregon Angels have
invested over $12 million in 52 startups with 6 exits that returned over 3X in cash to the angels. TiE Oregon ranks in the top 5 chapters globally and routinely receives recognition for its angel investment, women, and youth programs. Nitin has invested in over 50 startups since 2011 personally and through his fund.
Nitin is also a successful entrepreneur. He started his career in Silicon Valley as an engineer in two startups. In 1994 he founded First Insight Corporation (first-insight.com) a highly successful Electronic Health
Records (EHR) and practice management software company for eye care professionals, based in Hillsboro, Oregon and Pune, India. First Insight is a leader in the optometry and ophthalmology software industry with its flagship product MaximEyes.
Tim is a Managing Director at Madrona, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Tim focuses on investing in business software companies, particularly those specializing in intelligent applications and SaaS, cloud native software, machine learning, and security. Tim serves on the boards of Algorithmia, Echodyne, Eclypsium, Highspot, Integris, Jama Software, Jobalign, Pixvana, Saykara, and Uplevel. He was previously on the boards of companies with successful exits such as Heptio, Lattice Data, Z2, buuteeq, Appature, Shippable and Mobilisafe. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dennis is an active member to two of the most active angel groups in Seattle – the Alliance of Angels (AoA) and the Puget Sound Venture Club (PSVC). He screens deals and leads due diligence teams for both groups.
Julianne Brands is a Partner with the Oregon Venture Fund, and she’s the firms residents trail runner and trend tracker, keeping their team ahead of the curve when it comes to best practices in early stage investing. A former research analyst at an investment bank and an economic policy think tank, Julianne brings expertise in market research, finance, and emerging technology to help solve complex problems for entrepreneurs and investors alike. When she’s not talking to entrepreneurs about their next big idea, Julianne can be found within the Portland community – running rails in Forest Park and volunteering as a coach for local youth sports teams.
Genevieve LeMarchal is a General Partner of FoundersPad Fund 2, a women-led early stage focused venture capital fund with an actively managed mentoring program designed to help give very early startups their best chance for success. The FoundersPad portfolio consists of early stage companies including consumer tech, enterprise software, ML/AI, apparel/fashion, AR/VR, food and beverage, bioanalytics and consumer and B2B marketplaces.
She was a serial entrepreneur for almost 10 years, is founder and executive board member of XXCelerate, has an MBA from University of Washington, and runs a bootcamp program that helps early stage companies increase sales and build sales systems.
In the last decade, VP of Content Strategy Lydia Frank helped to scale PayScale from a disruptive startup to the market leader in compensation software. She leads a team of content creators and researchers who work to understand all of the various factors that impact compensation and provide guidance to both employees and employers on how to have more effective pay conversations that lead to more equitable outcomes. On the topics of salary negotiation, pay equity and compensation best practices, she is a frequent speaker, is regularly cited in the media and has contributed content to various publications (e.g. Harvard Business Review, Money, Fortune, TechCrunch.) She serves on the advisory board for Female Founders Alliance and is a strong advocate for creating more accessible paths to power for women, people of color and other underrepresented groups in the labor market and economy.
Matt is a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures with a primary focus on Enterprise Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence. He also focuses heavily on AR/VR, Security, and Quantum technologies and generally serves as the firms early adopter / expert on anything new. One of his strengths lies in translating how key technology innovations can be applied to solving inefficient business processes and workflows. He has spent over 20 years in the Enterprise software industry as an operator leading product management, engineering, customer success, and industry standards teams from companies ranging in size from 200 to over 100,000 employees. Matt most recently led a global engineering team at Oracle. Prior to Oracle Matt held similar roles at Hyperion (acquired by Oracle) and Arbor Software. He is on the Board of Northwestern’s Master in Science in Analytics (MSiA) Engineering program and serves as a guest lecturer at Northwestern’s McCormick Engineering school and Northwestern’s Kellogg Business school and holds a BS in Computer Engineering degree from Northwestern University.
Jenn Lynch became Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund in 2018, after three years as a Venture Partner. Jenn and her partners source and lead new investment, support portfolio companies, and manage investor relations for the fund’s limited partners. Jenn has led Portland Seed Fund’s investments in The Riveter, Argent and Goodwell + Co., among many others. Prior to Portland Seed Fund, Jenn was Managing Director at Upstart Labs, an early-stage venture fund focused on software as a service. Jenn’s operating experience spans product management, product marketing, user experience design and business development for cloud-based software providers including Yahoo and Kronos. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University. Jenn serves on the board of directors for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Business for a Better Portland and Schoolhouse Supplies. She lives with her husband and three school-age children in Southwest Portland.
Manish joined Trilogy in 2016. His responsibilities include evaluating venture investments and working with Trilogy’s portfolio companies. Manish joined Trilogy after several years with J.P. Morgan Chase in New York. Most recently, he worked in J.P. Morgan’s Chief Investment Office, where he helped develop portfolio strategy for the firm’s securities portfolio within a team of data scientists, portfolio managers, and research analysts. Prior to that, Manish was a research analyst reporting directly to the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. He started his career as a sell-side equity analyst covering the Communications sector for the firm’s institutional investor clients. With his coverage, he saw the impact of major industry trends, including the evolution from 2G to 4G, the launch of the iPhone, and the shift to over the top streaming video services. His coverage included over 30 domestic and multinational telecom, cable, and satellite services companies with market capitalizations ranging from $100 million to more than $200 billion.
Manish has a BS in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Outside of Trilogy, he serves on the Finance and Investment Committee for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. In his spare time, he can be found spending time with his wife, on the soccer field or hiking in the Cascades.