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We are pleased to have amazing guest speakers to share their experiences in the startup space from founders, investors, and community leaders.
In this panel, we will discuss what are the barriers for women founders to get funding, especially in health tech, Wearables, and sex tech? What women-focused communities provide and how they can support women founders?
We also cover questions on what skills need to gain and importance or a mentor. Also, we ask the panelists to provide advice to those who are new on this journey.


About the panelists

Kylie Frazer is a founder and partner of Eleanor Venture, an early stage tech investment syndicate. Eleanor Venture encourages new investors to build their own diversified portfolios, with minimum cheque sizes of $5,000. Prior to investing, Kylie worked as a specialist capital raising/M&A lawyer and spent 15 years advising on transactions across a variety of sectors including technology, resources, agriculture and consumer products. Kylie has started and run technology businesses (with varying degrees of success) and has leveraged this experience to help other emerging companies secure funding and scale, including via her role as a Startmate mentor. 

Ankita Vashistha is CEO and the Founder of India’s first venture capital fund to invest in technology and innovation in women entrepreneurship called SAHA Fund. She is the current member of the NASSCOM Product Council. She is an active member of the ecosystem and is part of the Indian Angel Network and a Charter Member of TiE and an investor member of the Draper Network. Ankita has also launched a foundation to support diversity programs and mental health. Ankita is an electronics and communication engineer and Masters in Finance and Management from UK's top business school, Cranfield school of Management, UK. Ankita has been awarded as a leading women fund manager by GAIM UK, AIWMI – 40 under 40, Entrepreneur India and recognized by leading publications like Economic Times, TOI, Business world, Forbes, Entrepreneur etc. Ankita Vashistha has over a decade of experience in Tech Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital across UK, US and Asia. Ankita works very actively in the start-up ecosystem in India, Singapore, UK, USA and Japan to source, evaluate, mentor and invest in early stage technology enabled and focused companies. Ankita works closely with portfolio companies to help them create value, scale and expand leveraging technology across health-tech, ed-tech, fin-tech, food tech, media, ecommerce and enterprise-tech. Ankita is very passionate about promoting gender equality at the workplace across the emerging markets.

Maree Beare is the founder and CEO of Wanngi, a health management app for people with chronic conditions who see multiple doctors who feel vulnerable, out of control and helpless in managing their health. Maree is passionate about using innovative technology to positively impact the lives of others. She is renowned as a forward-thinking leader in the technology sector, with extensive experience advising leading organizations in transforming their businesses and delivering high-profile technology programs. In early 2017 Maree realized that people are disconnected from their health information, and a mobile application that champions the best health treatment for people by empowering them and their doctor to make informed decisions about their wellbeing was desperately needed in the market. Maree’s company has invested in three years of research, working in conjunction with the medical fraternity and government, to better understand the problems people are facing when they have a medical condition and the treatments they receive. Maree believes people need to be educated to the opportunity to easily start collecting their own health information, so it prompts curiosity about their symptoms, medications and treatment so they can better communicate to their health care providers to make informed decisions to better engage in and manage their health. 

Co-organisers
Founder of Stella and Sheila | SoGal Foundation Ambassador

Stella sold her first Startup for 7 figures which came about from trying to sort out her own health issues. What she found was she was great at networking in powerful circles. From raising millions of dollars for various ventures, getting TV coverage on BBC and CNN, developing business connections with Middle East Princesses, being invited to host ...

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Director of FemTech Consulting | Femtech Collective Ambassador

Megan is the Director of FemTech Consulting and Tech Advocate for the FemTech Collective. As an entrepreneur, product manager, and business consultant, Megan has dedicated her career to ensuring that women have more control over their realities by working for and with women in a variety of fields. From researching the role of women on the internati...

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Founder and Tech CEO at Taikera

Ima with 15 years of experience in the tech industry, has a good mix of business acumen and technology know-how skills. She's founder of taikera and engineering manager at Metigy and helps with team building and product development. Before Taikera, she was a technical lead at eBay, global marketplace, where she spent time on building a high-perform...

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