Babson’s Candida Brush, Lakshmi Balachandra, and Angelo Santinelli to help lead inaugural event in Boston

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Capital W, a premiere venture capital summit co-organized and sponsored by Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), will convene women entrepreneurs and the venture capital community for a day of engaging discussions, workshops, and live business pitching on April 7, 2015.

Babson Professor and Division Chair of Entrepreneurship Candida Brush will set the stage by presenting recent findings from Babson’s latest Diana Project research study - Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capitalwhich has garnered the widespread attention of influential media outlets, including Huffington PostForbesMashableFinancial TimesInc.Fortune MagazineFast CompanyThe Economist, and more. This report, which sparked the creation of the Capital W event, will lead the way for what is sure to be a day filled with new opportunity and insight for women entrepreneurs in the area.

“Capital W is a perfect example of how members of the venture capital industry can work together to bring about important change,” said Executive Director of Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, Susan Duffy. “With such compelling and widespread response to the Diana Project research, as well as our upcoming summit, we’re encouraged that the momentum around this issue will continue well into the future.”

Participants will enjoy thought-provoking keynote speeches; a live pitch competition judged by executives, investors and Babson’s Faculty Advisor for the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator ProgramAngelo Santinelli; an in-depth panel on angel investing; workshops led by renowned corporate leaders and Babson Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Lakshmi Balachandra; and the opportunity to network at a fun cocktail reception after the event.

District Hall 
75 Northern Avenue 
Boston, MA 02210 
7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. 
Cocktail reception to follow from 4–6 p.m.

Register for Capital W, the Boston Women's Venture Capital Summit»

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Tickets are available for $100 per individual. For more information, please contact the Boston Women's Venture Summit at (734) 606-9744.

About Babson's Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership​

Founded in 2000, Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) fulfills and extends the College’s mission by educating, inspiring, and empowering women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. CWEL does this through innovative education programs, events, and by supporting and widely disseminating research about the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. ​​​​​​​​

By Brianna DiPietro,, (781) 239-4548 | 04/01/2015 06:00