Thank you everyone for joining us on Thursday for our 8th annual Capital Connections Conference! It was a fabulous event with nearly 300 attendees. In case you missed it, check out our feature in Inc. Magazine and below are some highlights!
Heather Hiles shares her story about being raised by a single mother, not wanting to play basketball, raising $12m, and simply knowing she’s different when entering a room. Her advice to is to always share the knowledge with others along the way.
Tech Equity for Oakland discusses investing in diversity rather than ping pong tables, highlighting the diversity of your customers and the role of government in improving our schools.
Double Bottom Line Investing highlights the history of the Bay Area Equity Fund along with programs that all companies can do such as ESL, community give-backs, professional development and others to maintain a double bottom line at a company’s core.
Rev. Jesse Jackson shares his wisdom about access to capital being the 4th stage of the civil rights and compares transparency to a game of football and how anyone can win where the rules are clear and there’s a referee to keep things fair.
Accelerating Your Ideas gets real with stories of hardship being raised in low-income communities, using those struggles as a strength, getting access to technology, and creating a world where everyone can create solutions for their community.
And of course, a huge congrats to all of our pitch finalists and winners! And thanks to all of our pitch judges: Marcus Carey, SVB Capital | Nancy Hayes, Golden Seeds | Carolina Huaranca, Kapor Capital | Patrick Sagisi, DBL Partners | Stacey Solliday, CISCO Investments | Lo Toney, Google Ventures | Jason Towns, the Towns Group |
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- (1st Place, $10k via Facebook) Bikanta– improving cancer detection with nanodiamonds.
- (2nd Place, $5k via CISCO) Bedrock Analytics– making it easier for small businesses to use their consumer data.
- Cocoon Cam– bio-sensored baby monitor.
- HeavyConnect- improving on-the-ground farming logistics.
- Nexi– intuitive electricity reader for the home.
- Oneva– one-stop shop for trusted care for those who need it.
We also received this wonderful note from Aaliyah Frohm, 14, from East Oakland Youth Development Center:
I wanted to say thank you for letting me be a part of the conference. It was great to talk to adults that were entrepreneurs and people who had their own businesses. The best part to me was getting to hear Jessie Jackson speak on a few topics and watching the people present their wonderful ideas, it sort of reminded me of shark tank and gave me a good idea of how the real world is like when it comes to pitching your ideas to big investors. Some of the things I learned was that in order to get things done you will need partners and people on your side. Even though it may seem easy to do alone it’s actually harder. Another thing I learned was that you have to think in the future instead of thinking in the past or present because in order to get things done you have to work your brain a little harder than you normally would. It was a great feeling to learn something new about the field you are interested in. I had a very amazing time and would love to do it again!
Sincerely, Aaliyah Frohm