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WorkPride Panel: Investment - Where to find funding for your business ideas?

Getting a business off the ground is a difficult task – in a lot of cases it can even be impossible. If we’re talking about a business that is either founded by or aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, this can be even more difficult thanks to the prejudice the community faces.

This panel aims to cover what funding and mentoring possibilities exist to get a business started and what kind of investment opportunities exist that might be easier for the LGBTQ+ community to navigate. We'll also talk about the world of venture capital and the progress made to ensure founders can be their authentic selves. 

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Speakers:

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    Pierre Gaubert
    Pierre Gaubert
    CEO and Co-Founder
    myGwork
    Hello :) I am the co-founder at myGwork. Our goal is to empower the LGBTQ+ community by offering our individual users a safe space where they can network, connect with inclusive employers, find jobs, professional events, and news. Adrien (my twin and co-founder) and I both know how it feels to be excluded in the workplace; we want to make sure the next LGBT+ generation is fearless. Happy to connect and provide support at any time!
  • T. Wolf Starr
    T. Wolf Starr
    Managing Partner
    Pride.VC
  • Lorenzo Thione
    Lorenzo Thione
    Managing Director
    Gaingels
    Lorenzo Thione is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the intersection of technology, art, design, communication and social value. He’s the Managing Director of Gaingels and a co-founding chairman of StartOut, two of the leading groups dedicated to supporting and elevating LGBTQ+ leaders in the venture startup ecosystem. As the Managing Producer at Sing Out, Louise! Productions, Lorenzo is also a Tony-Award and Drama Desk winning Broadway producer (Hadestown, The Inheritance) and the co-creator and lead producer of Allegiance, the Broadway musical starring George Takei and Lea Salonga, of which he also directed and produced the 2016 film. In developing Allegiance, he spearheaded social-media viral strategies that led to astounding growth and unprecedented awareness and audience engagement for George Takei, and to the founding of The Social Edge, for which he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. He previously co-founded startups Powerset (acquired by Microsoft in 2008) and Artify.it; he is an investor, board member, and advisor for startups such as Cerebral, Eight Sleep, Turing, Figure Eight (now Appian), Weights & Biases, Gobble, Just, and Lucid, and many more. He's an outspoken LGBT advocate and was named one of the most influential LGBT people in tech in 2014 and 2018 by Business Insider. He was born and raised in Milan, and completed my studies at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering.
  • Victor Meyer
    Victor Meyer
    Senior Legal Counsel
    Invesco
    I am an in-house lawyer for Invesco and lead a team of lawyers who support all aspect's of the investment process for Invesco in EMEA. Previously I worked for Morgan Stanley in London and Linklaters LLP in London and New York.
  • Juliette-Marie Somerset
    Juliette-Marie Somerset
    CEO & Managing Director
    Somerset Capital
    Juliette-Marie Somerset is CEO & Managing Partner at Somerset Capital based in Menlo Park, California where she is an investor in early-stage global startups. She is on the Board of Advisors at UniRock Partners, an investment firm, based in Brisbane, Queensland. As a woman in tech leadership she has seats on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of technology companies. She is an Advisor at the Norrsken Impact Accelerator in Stockholm, Sweden. Juliette-Marie is a Milestone Maker mentor at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center based in San Francisco and also a mentor at CV Labs based in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley. She is currently a guest lecturer at ESCP Business School in Berlin and recently joined the Board of Advisors at UniRock Partners based in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Machtelt Groothuis
    Machtelt Groothuis
    Founder, Partner
    Rubio Impact Ventures
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