On March 28, the inaugural SoGal Summit at the University of Southern California (USC) will connect more than 300 students and startups to established female CEOs, investors and mentors. The purpose of the summit is to empower and inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs by sharing success stories of established female leaders, working collaboratively on challenges women are facing in the startup world, and showcasing creative female-founded projects.
Hosted by GirlsUp, the SoGal Summit gathers more than 50 top-notch women entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, including technology, education, venture capital, social enterprise and media to bring insight, inspiration and best business practices to female students. The daylong conference features keynotes, entrepreneur lifecycle panels, speed mentoring sessions, and a pitch showcase for female founders.
SoGal speakers and pitch judges include Sabrina Kay (Fremont College), Eva Ho (Susa Ventures), Tara Roth (Goldhirsh Foundation), Kat Manalac (Y Combinator), Kimberly Kovacs (Golden Seeds), Jesse Draper (The Valley Girl Show), Leura Fine (Laurel & Wolf), Jamie Kantrowitz (Mesa Ventures), Ann Wang (Enrou), and many more. The SoGal Summit is sponsored by USC’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Blackstone LaunchPad USC, Viterbi School of Engineering, Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles LLP and Sqeeqee.
Started at USC, GirlsUp has become the fastest growing community for young female entrepreneurs in Southern California.
Founded by Pocket Sun, GirlsUp is the fastest growing community of young female entrepreneurs in Southern California. Our mission is to close the gap between female and male entrepreneurship within our generation. The fun and meaningful events, the unique G100 Mentorship program, and a fearless, passionate spirit at GirlsUp have led to a movement of female empowerment among young millennials.