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2024 Summit

The #InvestInWomenFounders 2024 Summit is a half day celebration and convening of founders, funders, and corporate executives with the goal of helping women founders secure investment. Apply now to be in our Top 9 women entrepreneurs featured at our 3rd annual Summit on Thursday, December 5, 2024 at Delta Faucet Company, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Applications close Tuesday, May 14 at 11:59 pm ET.


Buffet Lunch 

Visit Display Tables

Meet Founders



Keynote Speaker



Founder Inverviews



Toast the Founders



Why do YOU need to be at the Summit?

People of every gender are welcome to participate in this Summit and ALL Startup Ladies events and become members.  Here are a few good reasons to be part of the experience!

  • YOU want to meet a community of smart women entrepreneurs.

  • YOU want to connect with people who stretch themselves to think BIG.

  • YOU want to meet prospective customers, advisors, investors.

  • YOU have capacity to invest $5,000+ and want to invest in female founders.

  • YOU are an ally and want to support women as a peer, mentor, and or investor.

  • YOU want to have FUN!


Paid members receive 1 complimentary ticket to the Summit! NOW is a great time to join if you are a budding or scaling entrepreneur, want to learn how to invest, or do business with startups.

>>>> FACTS

We're moving money into the hands of Women

  • $850,000+ has been invested into Startup Ladies companies from our Investor Members.

  • We ditched the traditional pitch and replaced them with interviews to avoid pattern matching. 

  • We match founders to exited founders and senior level executives.

  • We train founders and interviewers together for 12+ hours.

  • We assign homework to strengthen the founders' revenue strategies, slide decks, and presentation skills.

  • We invite the types of individuals who want to invest in women at the earliest stages of development.

  • We sell Startup Ladies memberships, event tickets, and sponsorships so that 100% of ALL investments go directly into the hands of women founders with zero fees.

We need to FULLY FUND women founders the same exact way the industry funds men. It's the ONLY way women can develop products and services, create full-time jobs and solve significant problems. 

Kristen Cooper, CEO & Founder, The Startup Ladies


Jessica is Saving Lives

Jessica Bussert (L) is the Founder and CEO of Wave Therapeutics. Her company developed the first affordable and effective smart cushioning technology to prevent and treat bedsores, save lives, and reduce a significant healthcare burden for families and facilities alike. Jessica raised $100,000 in funding at the Summit in 2022.  Watch her interview with Jon Dartt, Westfield City Councilman, Startup Ladies Board Member.

Diana is Detecting Cancer

Diana Caldwell (L) is Co-founder and CEO of Amplified Sciences, a clinical stage in-vitro diagnostics startup company dedicated to the early detection of debilitating disease with a lead assay in development for pancreatic cancer.  Diana raised $100,000 at the 2023 Summit. Watch her interview with Brian Powers, exited Founder of PactSafe.


Karen is Reducing Obesity 

Karen Wurster (R) is Chief Executive Officer at Adipo Therapeutics. Her company is developing a weekly treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Karen raised $75,000 at the 2023 Summit. Watch Amy Brown CEO & Founder of Authencix interview Karen.

The Summit is a must attend event focused on great startups with great founders who just happen to be women. Startup Ladies does such a great job in creating an event bringing together startup founders, investors, and corporate sponsors in a unique and genuine “non-pitch” format. 

Diana Caldwell, CEO & Co-founder, Amplified Sciences


Women Founders are Grossly Underfunded

In 2023, women founders received a record low amount of investment.

  • $283 billion was invested into all startups globally

  • $170 billion was invested in US startups

  • $80 million (that's Million with a "M" - NOT Billion with a "B")

  • 2% of the $170 billion invested into US startups went to companies with all female founders

Pattern Matching is both a conscious and unconscious behavior preventing women founders from securing investment in the same amounts and frequency of their male counterparts. This event eliminates pattern matching by concentrating 100% of the focus on funding women business owners. Buy a ticket and join us!

Early bird pricing ends soon

Tickets are on sale now!


Thank You!

Thanks to Delta Faucet Company, for being our title sponsor for our 6th event together!

Join Delta Faucet by sponsoring The Startup Ladies and help women-owned startups grow.

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