Girls Just Wanna Have Funding: Hera Venture Summit Returns on Sept. 15

Now in its fifth year, Hera Venture Summit is San Diego’s female-focused summit connecting founders and funders

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 4, 2018) – On Saturday, Sept. 15, Hera Labs will host Hera Venture Summit, an event focused on connecting female founders and funders. Now in its fifth year, the summit at University of San Diego will welcome speakers and attendees from across the globe to discuss topics around gender-lens investing.

Founders and funders gather at Hera Venture Summit 2017. The one-day event returns to University of San Diego on Sept. 15, 2018.

Founders and funders gather at Hera Venture Summit 2017. The one-day event returns to University of San Diego on Sept. 15, 2018.

Barbara Bry, council president pro tem representing San Diego’s First City Council District, and Michael Lawless, University of San Diego’s academic director of entrepreneurship initiatives, will kick off the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 5998 Alcala Park in San Diego. Tech and startup advocates Erica Baker, Laura Gomez, and Maresa Friedman will deliver keynote presentations.

“We’re laser focused on creating partnerships between female founders and all funders who are ready to make a difference and make money,” says Dr. Silvia Mah, founder of Hera Labs. “It’s events and opportunities like Hera Venture Summit that are improving access to capital for women, and as a result, opportunities for female empowerment and social impact.”

The one-day intensive event will include:

  • An expo hall showcasing local businesses and products
  • A gamified pitch contest featuring seven startups. Unique to this year’s summit, local contestants will go head-to-head with participants from Washington D.C. and Phoenix
  • “Entrepreneur track” and “angel track” sessions
  • A happy hour networking event

Hera Venture Summit is organized by Hera Labs accelerator for women in collaboration with Hera Hub workspace for women and Hera Angels women investors group. The event is sponsored in part by Qualcomm Ventures. The cost to attend is $239 or $287 day-of. Please register at

About Hera Labs:

Hera Labs is a non-profit, female-focused business accelerator that equips entrepreneurs through intensive workshops to launch, grow and sustain profitable businesses. Interactive labs, strategy sessions, and female-founder intensives offer sustained support that allows women-led businesses to flourish. Solving for the entire San Diego startup ecosystem, Hera Labs also connects female founders and funders at its inaugural event, Hera Venture Summit. For more information, please visit