Women CEOs Practice Pitching at SBDC Women Talk Tech Conference

Past Tides
November 16, 2020 By Kaitlin Aquino

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation ended its second annual Women Talk Tech Conference with a virtual demo day featuring three women-owned companies with innovative technology solutions.

The conference – developed in collaboration with SBDC @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation, UC Riverside Epic SBDC and Octane LaunchPad SBDC – took the form of a four-week series complete with three weekly panels and one demo day. On the final day of the conference, the featured female CEOs pitched their companies to a panel of judges who provided feedback to help refine the presentations to potential investors. Two of the three participating female-founded companies included Wayfinder startups Purist and AG Tools.

Judge Mike Benvenuti, fund manager at the Cove Fund, commended Purist CEO Leila Safavi for her ability to simplify her company’s radioisotope technology during her presentation.

“You took a very complex business and made it simple,” Benvenuti told Safavi. “For people who aren’t domain experts but active investors, you make it easy for us to understand.”

Purist, a radioisotope startup, provides rapid, low-cost production and distribution of radioactive ingredients necessary for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Benvenuti applauded AG Tools’ presentation by CEO Martha Montoya.

“You have a lot of passion and energy for the [agricultural] space,” Benvenuti told Montoya. “That will impress investors in a big way.”

AG Tools seeks to streamline the agricultural food and supply chain by providing farmers and consumers with real-time data analytics.

Watch the full second annual Women Talk Tech Conference.

Main Image Courtesy of Small Business Development Center @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation

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