Hera Venture Summit Draws 300 Female Entrepreneurs to University of San Diego

Women are starting 1,288 new businesses per day in the U.S., twice the rate of three years ago, according to 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

More than 300 female founders and funders from the United States and Mexico have gathered at the second annual "Hera Venture Summit" at the University of San Diego on Saturday, to promote bi-national networking.

Officials said the event is set from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Mother Rosalie Hill Hall: School of Leadership and Education Sciences. It's hosted by Dr. Silvia Mah, founding partner of Hera Fund and Hera Angels, and Felena Handson, founder and CEO of co-working space Hera Hub.

Its purpose is to foster relationships among female investors and funders working for Hera Angels, as well as encourage connections between the San Diego and Mexico start-up businesses, especially from the CaliBaja region, said Hera Venture officials.

At the event, women are discussing trends and resources related to start-ups and investing. There is also a showcase of San Diego products made by women featured on display, according to Hera Venture. Three women from San Diego have participated in a Shark Tank-like "Fast Pitch" contest, a game that encourages women to share their creative business ideas.

Attendees will be welcomed by Barbara Bry, a start-up advocate and candidate for San Diego City Council District 1, and Michael Lawless, clinical professor of management at the University of San Diego School of Business.

Some prominent business panelists at the event are Qualcomm's Navrina Singh, and Golden Sees angel investor Kim Kovacs.

Tickets are $239 at the door, with the exception of students, who are granted free admission.

Last year, the Hera Ventura Summit netted $100,000 in angel investing deals.

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