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Thursday, July 30 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Why we should invest in women-led businesses

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Access to capital is one of the largest challenges an entrepreneur can face – especially if they are female, and a founder of color. Despite starting over 30% of businesses, women only receive 5% of small business loans in the US, and just over 2% of venture capital. These statistics are even worse for women of color. Against these odds, women-led businesses - specifically businesses owned by black women and latinx women - are growing at the fastest rate in the nation. We will hear from entrepreneurs, impact investors and foundations engaged on why investing in women, especially women of color, is crucial for our economy.

Panel is co-hosted by First Southwest Community Fund, Impact Finance Center and Colorado Lending Source


All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.


Norma Quinones

Sweet Gold Juice
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Cass Walker Harvey

Executive Director, First Southwest Community Fund
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Dee Espinoza

CEO, Espinoza Consulting Services
I am a serial entrepreneur and have had my current (environmental consulting) business for 10 years. Operating out of La Jara, we have completed projects in 15 states and one territory, basically from Florida to California to South Dakota to Guam. I am an elected official, Trustee... Read More →
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Dianne Myles

Owner, Dope Mom LIfe

Thursday July 30, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT