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Trish Costello

Founder and CEO, Portfolia

Trish Costello is the founder and CEO of Portfolia, the leading venture investing platform designed for women. Her goal is to have over 100,000 women (and their colleagues and friends) investing in Portfolia Funds in five years.

Costello is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in educating and preparing venture capital investment partners through the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program. As the founding CEO and CEO Emeritus of the Center for Venture, she led the Kauffman Fellows Program for its first ten years. Costello was Founding President of CVE Capital Corp, the holding company of a $1.7 billion Fund of Funds. Costello was on the start-up team of the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurship center, where for eight years she directed its efforts in venture capital, angel investing and programming to accelerate high potential women entrepreneurs. She played a leading role nationally in increasing equity investments in women’s businesses and in funding initiatives supporting high-growth women entrepreneurs.

Costello led the National Science Foundation SBIR Sub-Committee on Commercialization and was the Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, the first college focused on entrepreneurship and rated within the top five globally. She was recently recognized by INC Magazine in its “15 Most Innovative Women Entrepreneurs of 2016”; 17 Women Investors to Watch by the Center for Women and Wealth, and highlighted in Newsweek, Inc and Forbes for her work in activating women investors. Costello speaks globally on new models of venture capital and angel investing, trends with women investors and women’s high-potential entrepreneurship. She has keynoted at the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and testified at the White House Commission on Women and before the US Senate.

How smart women invest: Changing the world by backing the companies you want to see it in

Esplanade 158

Investing in top entrepreneurs and new innovation can be empowering, impactful and profitable. While men have invested as ‘angels’ for generations, women are just beginning to invest in innovative companies. This session highlights new ways that women can use even small amounts to begin entrepreneurial investing. Hear from nationally renowned angel investor Barbara Clarke; Former […]

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How smart women invest: Changing the world by backing the companies you want to see it in

Esplanade 158

Investing in top entrepreneurs and new innovation can be empowering, impactful and profitable. While men have invested as ‘angels’ for generations, women are just beginning to invest in innovative companies. This session highlights new ways that women can use even small amounts to begin entrepreneurial investing. Hear from nationally renowned angel investor Barbara Clarke; Former […]

Seminar Session 4
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