How To Disrupt the Funding Paradigm

By Kim Lavine

I was on the top of the Empire State Building, overwhelmed by the task at hand. I put my personal reputation on the line to enlist investors from around the world to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to this event, so there had better be fast- growth, high-profit women-owned businesses “money-ready” pitching.
Top of the Empire State Building. Getting to the top in NYC was not easy.

Top of the Empire State Building. Getting to the top in NYC was not easy.

The problem wasn’t the investors, the problem was with the women: they didn’t know how to ask for the money, they didn’t know how to drive a deal, they didn’t think investors were interested in their business models, they didn’t know how to frame a Value Proposition—and they didn’t think they could.

How To Shift a Paradigm

  • Break down conventional wisdom that investors are only interested in high-tech ventures.
  • Take networking opportunities out of Silicon Valley, boardrooms and "old boys clubs.”
  • Teach women how to package and drive a deal.
  • Elevate women’s business funding from a charitable subsistence model to one of exponential financial return.
  • Vet and qualify women to be money-ready investments, then empower them to be leaders in the boardroom.
  • But the most difficult and most important paradigm shift is teaching women to think they can.

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