Entrepreneurs in a conference at Hera Hub. Image from Hera Hub video
Entrepreneurs in a conference at Hera Hub. Image from Hera Hub video

San Diego is the host for a unique, one-day summit on Saturday designed to bring together woman-led startups with female angel investors.

Katherine Stuart Faulconer, a small business owner and wife of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, will open the Hera Venture Summit at 8:30 a.m. at the University of San Diego.

“The event will allow women in all stages of business — from the pioneers in the startup ecosystem to venture financing — to present their collective knowledge in a powerful and rigorous one-day format,” said Dr. Silvia Mah, event chair and founder of Hera Labs, one of the organizations presenting the event.

“The summit was created to support the unique needs of female angels and entrepreneurial women in venture creation and funding, while celebrating the progress we’ve made in closing the gender gap,” she added.

The summit will bring together experts from both sides of investing to contribute best practices and lessons learned. Experts will share resources, trends, and hot topics around gender investing. Attendees can join an angel track or entrepreneur track and can benefit from blended sessions where both founders and funders can learn from each other.

In addition to bridging the divide between female founders and female funders, the event seeks to foster binational connections with woman-led startups in neighboring Tijuana.

More than 200 people are expected. The cost is $239 on the day of the event, which takes place at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, 5998 Acala Park on the USD campus.

The summit is sponsored by Hera Hub, a co-working space for female entrepreneurs with locations in Sorrento Valley, Mission Valley and Carlsbad; Hera Labs, an associated business accelerator; and Hera Fund, an angel investing group.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.