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Join OxEN as we continue our conversation from International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 back in March for this next webinar in our Women Founders Series:
Venture Capital for Gender Equity
Note: This session will be featured as part of the Oxford Saïd Executive Networking Forum as we welcome participants from the Oxford Saïd Business School Community to join OxEN in this important discussion.
Minerva Venture is a newly established fund whose mission is to promote mainly early-stage investment in businesses inspired and led by women.
Its objective is to address the huge global imbalance between the quantum of venture capital finance accorded to women as compared to men, while maintaining strictly commercial selection criteria.
Minerva’s business model is unique. It aims to partner with leading educational institutions in identifying and supporting female business entrepreneurs, as well as unlocking a global network of female investors, entrepreneurs, alumni and mentors sourced from vibrant university ecosystems.
Its passion is to foster gender inclusivity and diverse culture.
In this session, Tsolmon and Rudina will discuss the following:
- Demystifying women in VC – what is holding women founders back?
- Tools and practices to enter the VC market whether you’re a first time fund or looking for VC investments
- How Minerva Venture is contributing to this space of women in VC
About the Speakers:
Tsolmon is Co-Founder and Partner of Minerva Venture, a UK based VC fund whose mission is to promote mainly early-stage investment in businesses inspired and led by women leveraging the university ecosystem. She is the Founder and CEO of Finch Advisory, a global sustainable business and investment consulting firm based in Washington D.C. As an economist, she supported SMEs for 10 years across Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe, on industry, scale, and investment strategies on private sector growth and investment programs. Tsolmon has been a General Manager of subsidiary consulting companies in Middle East and North Africa managing public finance and investment programs funded by the U.S. government. She holds a dual degree in economics and international relations from American University in Washington D.C. and currently pursuing her executive MBA focusing on Finance from Said Business School, at the University of Oxford.
Rudina is Co-Founder and Partner of Minerva Venture, a UK based VC fund whose mission is to promote mainly early-stage investment in businesses inspired and led by women leveraging the university ecosystem. Rudina is a global brand and marketing leader with 15 years of experience in UK and Europe and has also lectured on Marketing Brand Management at Goldsmiths University in London. Educated to primary and secondary level in Athens, she went on to obtain two degrees in Edinburgh, BA in Marketing and Business Management. Rudina is currently completing her EMBA focusing on Finance from Oxford SBS while also serving as a project manager for the EU supporting the Western Balkans. Prior to assuming this role, Rudina served as a senior adviser to the Government of Albania in attracting foreign investments, rural development, as well as focusing on empowering rural women.
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