Are you a founder, investor, or aspiring entrepreneur? Join us on Friday, November 20th via Zoom for this fall's Inclusive Entrepreneurship Forum.
Meet founders and investors from underrepresented communities in tech who are changing the game. Come network virtually, find your next co-founder, partner, investor, and be inspired by our stellar group of speakers. Come hear from Kobi Wu (Founder & CEO of VisuWall), Pallavi Golla (Founder of Lark Adventurewear), and Morgan Mercer (Founder & CEO of Vantage Point) moderated by the marvelous Chris McKenzie! Our panelists will share their startup stories and we’ll discuss resources for creating innovative businesses at NYU.
Zoom details will be sent via calendar invite to RSVPs prior to the event.
More about our guest speaker, Kobi Wu: Kobi Wu is the founder and CEO of VisuWall Technologies. VisuWall Technologies is a marketplace innovation that monetizes vacant storefront windows with traditional and programmatic advertising dollars and using computer vision and mobile proximity technologies, captures impression and engagement metric. VisuWall’s successes have included campaigns for Apple Music, Kelloggs, Celine, Burberry, Harry’s, Bumble, Google et al. VisuWall is brand category agnostic and works with private landlords, institutional owners and brokers.
As CEO of VisuWall, Wu has been honored as Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs for 2017 and 2018. She was the first Place Winner at Black Women Talk Tech Pitch Competition 2018, a graduate scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses program, participated in XRC Labs, Cohort 6 and was a presenter at TEDx Fulton Street 2018. VisuWall was also a finalist on Meet the Drapers and a presenter at ShopTalk Startup Pitch Competition Q1, 2019.
Wu is the former SVP of Strategy and Planning at Combs Enterprises where she was responsible for managing the creative and revenue strategies for the chairman’s portfolio of brands. Prior to Combs Enterprises, Wu led strategy and accounts for award winning lifestyle marketing agencies including
Lyonshare Communications, Superfly Presents (Bonaroo, Outside Lands) and Cornerstone Agency. Some of the global brands she’s affected through her unique lens of entertainment and planning combined include Spotify, Google, Yahoo!, Converse, Pepsi, JetBlue Airways, Target, Adult Swim/ The Cartoon Network, Sportsnet NY, Levi’s, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker a host of Diageo brands and seemingly countless others.
Wu has served on the Board of Trustees at Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin High School and is an adjunct professor for the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Wu has a B.A. Architecture from University of California at Berkeley, M.S. Construction Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
More about our guest speaker, Pallavi Golla: Inspired by her own family’s passion for living an active lifestyle, Pallavi Golla founded Lark Adventurewear in 2017. After having her son, she noticed that traditional cotton and polyester children’s clothing would make her child hot, sweaty and uncomfortable as he explored the world around him. Pallavi made it her mission to create a safe technical apparel line to keep children more comfortable. Lark’s proprietary Softek™ bamboo cotton knit is UPF 50+ sun safe, breathable and stain resistant clothing is unlike anything in the $50bn childrenswear market that has yet to see clothing made from safe performance fabrics. Their brand has grown exponentially over the last 18 months as brand awareness and loyalty has increased.
Pallavi lived in New York City and Los Angeles for many years before returning to her Pittsburgh roots with her husband and 2 young children. She spent 5 years working in investment research at distressed credit hedge funds and transitioned to the start up world after business school. Serving as VP of Product for e-commerce winery WINC, she was pivotal in developing their supply chain and brands for their diverse wine portfolio. Pallavi graduated with a BS in Finance from NYU Stern (’06) and received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management (’13).
More about our guest speaker, Morgan Mercer: Vantage Point was founded in 2017 by Morgan Mercer, a two-time survivor of sexual violence. In 2016, Morgan took a trip to hear Vantage Point's now-advisor Sara Elizabeth Dill speak at a TEDxMonte Carlo talk about women as weapons of war. After the TED talk, Morgan, Sara, and various other speakers engaged in a conversation about education surrounding gender-based violence. The unifying perspective raised by both men and women was that no one knew how to identify core intervention points, no one knew what the appropriate actions to take in intervention were, and no one knew how to respond even if somebody came forward with their story of harassment, assault, or any form of sexual violence. After relating this to her personal experience of sharing her past with her friends and community, Morgan realized that society lacked proper education around the topic. Morgan, realizing the power Virtual Reality (VR) could have in re-shaping the way sexual-harassment is approached and recognizing the level of empowerment individuals can receive through VR, decided to start Vantage Point.
More about the moderator, Chris McKenzie: Chris McKenzie is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She has over 5 years of experience in retail and technology. She's worked for Macy's, Inc., Kmart and Facebook, Inc. She is a Venture Fellow at the NYU Innovation Venture Fund at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. After graduation, she plans to join a venture capital firm to continue to advocate for entrepreneurs in the consumer sector.
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