Female Funders Breakfast Series

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Join us in your community for an exclusive gathering of powerful women committed to empowering entrepreneurs through angel investment.

Why attend?


Get Inspired
Considering backing your first entrepreneur? Get inspired by incredible women already making a difference in your community.


Learn Insider Secrets
Learn insider secrets from intimate fireside chats with prominent angels in your community.


Grow Your Network
Experience exclusive networking with other women like you. (read as: pretty damn amazing women)


Connect with Speakers
Connect and learn from the experiences of our VIP guests and speakers.


Enjoy Delicious Breakfast
We’ve pulled out all the stops. Enjoy an elegant breakfast in some of North America’s top venues.

Who should attend?

The Female Funders Breakfast Series is open to both accredited and unaccredited investors.

We welcome everyone from veteran angel investors, to newbie angels, and aspiring angels. If you are just getting into the angel investment world, there is no better place to start than this event.

That said, in order to provide the best quality experience for our community, the Female Funders Breakfast Series is an exclusive event restricted to women serious about angel investing.

Did you know?

Today only 2.7% of venture funding goes to female entrepreneurs. More women on the other side of the table investing will mean more venture funding for female led companies. That’s something to get excited about.

Thank You to Our Partners

Presenting Partner


Regional Partners

Frontfundr Highline Rho Canada KPMG Impact Angel Alliance

Local Partners

Hubba Maple Leaf Angels

Interested in getting involved with the series as a sponsor? Email us.

Our Dates

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Toronto Breakfast

January 19, 2016

19 Toronto St
Toronto, ON M5C 2R1

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

  • Headshot of Nicole Verkindt
    Nicole Verkindt

    Nicole is the CEO and founder of OMX, an online platform to connect, manage and track government contractors to fulfill buy-local obligations. As the newest Dragon on CBC's Next Gen Den, Nicole is eager to find and work with new risk-takers.

  • Headshot of Edel Ebbs
    Edel Ebbs

    Since retiring from a 20 year career in technology and finance in late 2013, Edel Ebbs has been an active angel investor through her corporation Electra Enterprises. During that time she has made several investments, primarily in business to business technology and software. Prior to 2014, Edel spent 12 years at Research in Motion (BlackBerry) and prior to that 10 years in capital markets positions, focused on the technology industry.

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Ottawa Breakfast

January 20, 2016

150 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

  • Headshot of Coralie Lalonde
    Coralie Lalonde

    Coralie Lalonde is the founder and CEO of Katsura Investments, an early stage private equity investment group established in 1999. Prior to Katsura, she was the founder and CEO of Integra Solutions, a high-tech research and design corporation established in 1993.

  • Headshot of Caroline Somers
    Caroline Somers

    Caroline Somers is very active as both an angel investor and as chair of an angel Ottawa’s Capital Angel Network. The Capital Angel Network helps connect entrepreneurs with angel funding, and reaches out to angels both within as well as outside Ottawa.

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Vancouver Breakfast

January 22, 2016

217 Carrall St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

  • Headshot of Brenda Irwin
    Brenda Irwin

    Brenda is an investor, advisor and seasoned board director. Brenda is a former life science venture capitalist for Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). While at BDC she had personal responsibility for management of a $100M+ healthcare portfolio including private to publicly listed organizations. Brenda specializes in both assessing and top grading the investment potential of early stage companies. She has been a Board Director for 15 private and public for profit life sciences and biotechnology corporations. Market sectors represented within her portfolio ranged from therapeutics, biotech, medtech, health technology & wellness organizations. Brenda is committed to inspiring young women to pursue careers in science and technology.

    Brenda is proud to have spent nearly a decade on the non-profit Board of Directors for Take A Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation, an organization enabling at-risk youth to positively change their lives. Presently she is a Director on the Providence Health Care Board of Directors and chairs their Innovation Committee.

  • Headshot of Manica Gautam
    Manica Gautam

    Prior to becoming a Partner at Campfire Capital, Manica spent five years at Onex, one of North America’s oldest and most successful private equity firms. Manica began her career at Onex as an investment team professional for the dedicated mid-cap private equity platform, ONCAP, where she actively sourced, investigated and conducted due diligence on new investment opportunities, and worked alongside operating company management teams to build and create value. Most recently, Manica was a Director in Onex’s Funds Group and she played a lead role in successfully raising Onex Partners IV, a $5.2 billion fund. Before joining Onex, Manica spent five years in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, including three years with Citigroup’s Global Consumer & Retail Investment Banking team based in London.

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Boston Breakfast

January 27, 2016

Serafina Boston
10 High St
Boston, MA 02110

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, details to come.

  • Headshot of Betty Francisco
    Betty Francisco

    A passionate health and wellness professional and the Founder of FitNation Ventures, a boutique consulting practice specializing in youth fitness and lifestyle programs. Betty has over 16 years of experience advising executives and investors in health clubs, life sciences and technology companies in the areas of operations, legal, compliance, risk management, and human resources. Most recently, I was the EVP, General Counsel for a luxury fitness and lifestyle brand with seven clubs nationwide, operated as Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY. Betty is also the Founder of the Latina Circle, a non-profit social venture focused on developing Latina executive leaders.

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    Barbara Clarke

    Barbara Clarke is an economist and active angel investor with over ten years of management consulting experience and ten years of nonprofit experience. She is a founding member of Astia Angels. She recently served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Schools for Children, a network of independent schools. Previously, Barbara served as the President of Tufts University’s Alumni Association, the National Director for the National Alliance for Grieving Children, CFO for Cradles to Crayons. As a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG she specialized in intellectual property valuations. She holds a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University and an MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University’s Lemberg-International Business School. She is based in Boston and invests in companies across the United States.

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New York Breakfast

January 29, 2016

Lafayette - Cave du Vin
380 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

  • Headshot of Alicia Syrett
    Alicia Syrett

    Alicia Syrett is the Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of NY Angels and as the Chairman of the Board of HeTexted.

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Los Angeles Breakfast

February 2, 2016

Cecconi’s West Hollywood
8764 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, 90069

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

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    Eva Ho

    Eva is a serial entrepreneur and founder, most recently a founding executive at Factual, a leading location data provider in Los Angeles. Prior, she was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Google and Youtube for 5 years. Prior to Google, she was the head of marketing for Applied Semantics, a company that sold to Google in 2003. She also co-founded Navigating Cancer, a health startup, in 2008 which is now based in Seattle. She is deeply involved in supporting entrepreneurs in her role as advisor/mentor at WebFWD, MuckerLab, Common Crawl, and newMe Accelerator. She is also active in the non-profit sector, serving on the boards of First Descents, Iridescent and Whole Child LA. As the co-chair at Iridescent, she focuses on building STEM literacy and capacity for the underserved K-12 population. Eva holds an MBA from Cornell and a BA from Harvard.

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    Joanne Wilson

    Joanne has had several careers from being a buyer at Macy's, to running a company in the rag trade, to eventually spearheading sales for a start-up magazine/e-zine/events company called Silicon Alley Reporter. She was quickly on to the non-profit world where she chaired MOUSE (Making Opportunities in Upgrading Schools in Education), an organization focused on technology in inner-city schools. She has sat on a number of profit and non-profit boards and has been involved with a variety of real estate transactions from beginning to end.

    Joanne has been blogging since 1994 under the name Gotham Gal. She is involved with the start-up community as an angel investor and adviser. She has been a champion of women in tech by starting and co-chairing the Women’s Entrepreneurial Festival with the ITP division of NYU. Many of the companies she is working with are owned or started by women. The tech companies are Food52, Edison Jr., Catchafire, Dailyworth, The Sweeten, NGAdventage, Windowfarms, Venuebook, Scoot, Talk Market, 3rd Ward, Editd, Blue Bottle Coffee,, Mouth Foods, How Good, Little Borrowed Dress, Taxi Treats, Kitchensurfing, littleBits,, Red Stamp, VenueBook, Have to Have, Mercaris, Le Tote, Curbed (Eater/Racked) as well as Ricks Picks, several restaurants and The Moon Group. She is the Chairperson of Hot Bread Kitchen and sits on the board of the Highline.

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San Francisco Breakfast

February 3, 2016

The Dirty Habit
12 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Between Mission and Market on the fifth floor of the Hotel Zelos)

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

  • Headshot of Arielle Zuckerberg
    Arielle Zuckerberg

    Arielle Zuckerberg joined KPCB in 2015 and focuses on early-stage investments in the firm’s digital practice as part of the venture team. Arielle joined KPCB from Humin, where she led product for the company’s mobile apps. She started her career as a product manager by day and Hackathon host by night at Wildfire Interactive, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2012. After the acquisition, Arielle worked as a product manager on social ads at Google.

  • Headshot of Danae Ringelmann
    Danae Ringelmann

    Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, Danae leads Indiegogo's industry development efforts, while steering the company’s employee culture and values initiatives.

    Danae was listed as one of Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40, as well as SF Business Times' 40 under 40 in 2014. ELLE Magazine named Danae to its Woman in Tech Power List in 2014; while Fast Company included her in its Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology in 2011. Awards include Watermark's "Woman Who's Made Her Mark" in 2014, and AWNY's No Apologies" Changemaker award in 2013. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including Web Summit, TEDx, SXSW and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America's Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013.

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Seattle Breakfast

February 4, 2016

Columbia Tower Club
701 Fifth Avenue
Columbia Center 76th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

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Featuring an intimate fireside chat with local angels, including:

  • Headshot of Gillian Muessig
    Gillian Muessig

    Gillian Muessig is a serial entrepreneur noted for her ability to form indelible brands, claim critical markets, sustain fiercely loyal customers, and attract investors and best-in-class talent. She co-founded and built into, from a blog site and directory to the world's leading provider of marketing applications and metrics reporting software and the global hub for digital marketers.

  • Headshot of Anne Kennedy
    Anne Kennedy

    Anne is an international author and speaker on global digital marketing and counselor to worldwide Internet brands. A serial entrepreneur, she moved online after decades in advertising and public relations stretching all the way back to mid-century Mad Men days, founding pioneer digital marketing agency Beyond Ink in 1997.

  • Headshot of Susan Preston
    Susan Preston

    Susan is General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund. She Is also the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the Univeristy of Washington, a Trustee for the Angel Resource Institute, chair of ARI: Women First Enterprises, and on various for-profit and non-profit boards. She was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for 6 years and continues as a consultant, specifically focusing on initiatives related to angel investing through the Angel Resource Institute.


Your Host

Katherine Hague
Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & Founder of Female Funders

The Female Funders Breakfast Series will be Hosted and Moderated by Katherine Hague

Katherine is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and the founder of Female Funders, an online destination dedicated to inspiring and educating the next generation of female angel investors.

She is the author of O’Reilly’s upcoming book, “Funded: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Your First Round”. Prior to leading Female Funders, Katherine founded ShopLocket — acquired in 2014 by PCH — the company behind some of your favorite tech brands and accessories.

Katherine was recently named one of the Women to Watch in Wearables and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has been quoted in the New York Times on fashion tech and recently interviewed for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Find Katherine online at @KatherineHague or at