She Founder's Group

A roundtable for female founders and C-level women, interested in connecting and learning from other women in scalable, fast-growing businesses.

We serve the San Diego area with more than 3 million people and we're housed at the University of San Diego. Our program is a partnership between SBA and USD.

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This monthly event focuses on the unique strengths and opportunities of women founders and investors. Our goal is to focus on topics that make good business sense and meet the needs of the entrepreneurs we serve, such as areas using their strengths and focusing their efforts to grow and scale their businesses. 

Each event includes networking, an enterprise-advancing topic and other resources.


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Based on feedback and our own research we’ve identified recurring topics that we want to cover each year. For now, these topics* include:

  • IP and legal
  • Angel investment (raising money and becoming investors)
  • Building and serving on Boards (advisory and directors)
  • Marketing, sales, and customer development
  • Finance and things to know about money
  • Human resources and talent development
  • Leadership
  • Other – If you have a topic you’d like to suggest, feel free to contact us and share your idea(s)!

*If you are an expert or know of someone who is an any of these topics, please contact us. We would like to hear more and extend the invitation to be the guest speaker and/or part of a panel.


Scheduled Events for 2019

January 14, 12-2:30 PM - POSTPONED

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Developing an Effective Advisory Board

February 11, 12-2:30 PM 

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. From Idea to Funding: Strategies for Forming a Successful Start-Up

April 8, 12-2:30 PM 

Panel: Ad Astra - "Maximize your Investment Lens"

May 13, 12-2:30 PM 

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Guest Speaker: Analissa Barrett - "Building & Serving on Boards"

July 8, 12-2:30PM

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Guest Speaker: Michelle Youngers - "Born to Build"

August 12, 12-2:30 PM 

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Guest Speaker: Lauren Feehrer - "Customers, Customers, Customers"

September 9, 12-2:30 PM 

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Guest Speaker: Cindy Gatlin - "What She-preneurs Should Know About $$"

October 21, 12-2:30 PM 

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Guest Speaker: Silvia Mah - "Navigating Bias"

November 11, 12-2:30 PM - EVENT IS CANCELED

  1. Speed Pitch
  2. Guest Speaker: Inna Zozulyak - "Finding and Keeping Talent"

December 9, 11:30-1:30 PM 

Holiday Afternoon Tea

Join the She Founder’s group in celebrating another successful year of growth at our holiday tea party. This gathering is an opportunity to connect, share time together, and talk about plans for the coming year. We hope to see you at this fun celebration hosted at Shakespeare Corner Shoppe in Mission Hills. Light food and beverage will be served. 

Limited space available. RSVP is required. 


She Founders Group 2019 series is brought to you by Wagenknecht IP Law Group, focusing on increasing the value of intellectual property assets.

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 A Few Statistics/Factoids…

  • 224 million women have started, or are running businesses in 67 countries surveyed.  -Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
  •  3% of tech CEO's are women & only 15% of startups have at least one female founder.  -Kristi Zuhlke, Crunch Network
  • Companies with a female founder performed 63% better than investments with all-male founding teams.  -Tucker Marion, Harvard Business Review
  • 22% of angel investors are women.  -Geri Stengel, Forbes
  • Women’s returns on their investments were on average about 1.2 percentage points higher than men. -Warwick Business School carried out on behalf of Smart Investor

Articles and Videos of Interest

Why Women-Owned Startups Are a Better Bet

By Katie Abouzahr, Frances Brooks Taplett, Matt Krentz, and John Harthorne, The Boston Consulting Group

How Women Angels And Entrepreneurs Are Beating Investment Odds

By Geri Stengel, Forbes Magazine

The Real Unicorns are Female Investors

By Kristi Zuhlke, Tech Crunch

4 Factors That Predict Startup Success, and One That Doesn’t

By Tucker J. Marion, Harvard Business Review

The Real Reason Female Entrepeneurs Get Less Funding

TED Talk By Dana Kane