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Birame N. Sock is a successful technical executive and serial entrepreneur. She is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Founder 5, Inc. a startup management group focused on developing innovative ventures with successful executives and non-technical co-founders in various industries in the US and Africa. Birame founded Kweli, the latest portfolio company which is a B2B wholesale sourcing marketplace for African vendors. She was the winner of the 2010 Cartier Women’s Initiative for North America and has been a member of the North America official Jury since 2017.

Adam Quinton

Adam is the Founder/CEO of Lucas Point Ventures. He advises and invests in early stage high growth companies with a focus on supporting diverse management teams. He serves as a Board Member/Advisor to a number of startup companies as well as Chicago based techweek. He is also an Advisor/Mentor to several groups including Astia, MergeLane, 37 Angels, Women's StartupLab and the Monarq Incubator. He is a founding VC at Project Include.

Elizabeth Vazquez

Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World. The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for mission delivery. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers.

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Alexandra Greenhill

As a mother of three children and an active woman in an executive role with major responsibilities, Alexandra Greenhill has faced the common issue of requiring childcare. Alexandra explains, “In the 12 years between my first child and the last one we had, nothing really changed. The reality of daily life around care hadn’t really moved forward.” In 2013, she used this personal experience to create a solution by launching myBestHelper, a platform linking families that need assistance with caregivers seeking employment.

Ellen Brune

During her studies in chemical engineering, Ellen Brune addressed the problem of inefficiencies of the drug manufacturing process. Having invented a new technology that tackles this issue, Ellen founded Boston Mountain Biotech after earning a PhD at the University of Arkansas. As of 2015, the company has 8 employees. Two of them are scientists and the other 6 are involved in the various aspects of business, law and finance.

Jennifer Broutin Farah

During her studies at the MIT Media Lab, Jennifer Broutin Farah conducted most of the research that led to the creation of an indoor micro-gardening technology. In 2013, she co-founded SproutsIO – IO standing for “input” and “output” – with the aim of encouraging consumers to be fully involved in the agricultural production of their food.

Emilie Mazzacurati

Emilie Mazzacurati, who hails from France, was always interested in starting her own business, but the idea for Four Twenty Seven, the company she founded in 2013, grew out of a pitch she made to a now former employer. A carbon trading expert with a passion for analytics, Emilie suggested they explore potential services and business opportunities around climate adaptation. When the idea was not supported, Emilie moved ahead alone, taking an evening class in finance for entrepreneurs, writing a business plan, and eventually quitting her job to work full time on building the company.


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