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Dolphin Tank at SXSW 2023

March 11, 2023 | 10:30 am

Waller Creek Boathouse

74 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701 United States

this will be an in-person pitch event

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Springboard’s Dolphin Tank is an event that brings the power of our collective community to women entrepreneurs innovating in technology. Our Dolphin Tank events showcase exciting women-led companies and provide them with the opportunity for connections, capital, and insight from our audience of investors, advisors, and industry leaders.

Join Springboard Enterprises and Dolphin Tank sponsor Female Quotient at SXSW 2023 for an exciting pitch event featuring women founders and entrepreneurs, expert panelists, and interactive audience participation!

When and Where

Saturday, March 11, 2023
10:30 AM CT – 11:30 AM CT

Female Quotient Equality Lounge

Waller Creek Boathouse
74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Please note: This will be an in-person event

We’re Showcasing Women in Tech!

Does your company have at least one woman founder, entrepreneur, or executive in a key leadership position? Do you advise one? Pitch your company at Dolphin Tank!

Don’t wait! Applications are due February 17, 2023.

Criteria for presenting companies:

  • The company must have at least one woman founder or in a key leadership position.
  • Areas of focus that include, but are not limited to enterprise-focused tech solutions.
  • Demonstrated innovation in your industry and traction in your market.
  • Seed stage to growth stage.
  • Must be able to present in Austin, TX on March 11, 2023

Apply by February 17, 2023

Springboard Enterprises values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as essential to our mission and more broadly to a thriving, equitable, and just global community. We encourage women entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Meet Our Experts and Advisors

Ashley Balla Partner, Halogen Ventures

Ashley Balla is a Partner at Halogen Ventures. Halogen invests in early stage companies led by female founders. Among Halogen’s 70 portfolio companies are Babylist, Teadrops, the Skimm, Live Tinted, AllVoices, and The Flex Company to name a few. Balla brings a unique and valuable perspective to the industry. She is a leader and advocate for the diversification in venture capital and is playing a key role in shifting the playing field to become more inclusive on all fronts in terms of age, race, gender and backgrounds. She co-runs the Halogen Fellowship in Venture Capital, a Fellowship that aims to train exceptional undergraduate students in venture capital and to create more opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to become investors. She also started the Halogen Influencer Initiative. Balla sits as a board member of Los Angeles based Teadrops, StyleRow and board observer of Kentucky based Inked Brands. Balla is on the steering committee of AllRaise LA, on the Board of Latinx VC, and part of the Multicultural Leadership Coalition by Goldhouse. She is dedicated to supporting and growing young entrepreneurs, women in finance and creating a more diverse pipeline of investors in venture capital. She is a graduate of UCLA.

Rakia Reynolds Founder, Skai Blue Media

Rakia Reynolds is a thought leader, taste maker and branding expert who advises name brands on creative strategy. Her guiding principles as an intriguing storyteller focus on distilling equity in messaging, and her ability to navigate the ever-increasing complex cultural and social media landscapes are only some of the reasons Rakia has successfully created her own distinct brand of authenticity and expertise for over 15 years. Rakia has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 27 Business Leaders Aiming to Change the World, was listed as one of the 25 Most Socially Influential Tastemakers on Dell’s “Inspire 100” list, and recently was also profiled by Forbes on their “Next 1000” list. Rakia regularly contributes her expertise to the pages of Forbes, Inc.com, HuffPost, Fast Company, and more. Onstage, she captivates audiences across many industries as her talks span branding, media, multicultural business, economic development, and the entrepreneurial journey, all of which are more than relevant to the recent challenging and changing times. Rakia is recognized for her innovative approach and commitment to authenticity and has spoken at TEDx, SXSW, Inbound, and others. More than a keynote speaker, Rakia is often called upon to moderate panel discussions due her in-depth knowledge of a wide range of topics affecting the business community.

Shelley Zalis CEO, The Female Quotient

Shelley Zalis is the CEO of The Female Quotient, a woman-owned business working with companies and conscious leaders to curate experiences, thought leadership, and solutions designed to achieve gender equality in the workplace and beyond. The FQ’s end-to-end equality platform includes co-branded research, content campaigns, and partnership opportunities at its signature Equality Lounges®. Visibility is further driven through The FQ’s robust social, media, and editorial channels. The FQ approach is intersectional, inspirational, and inclusive, working with leaders and rising stars in every industry and around the world. Zalis is a pioneer for online research, becoming the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25. Today, Zalis works with Fortune 500 companies, impact organizations, and conscious leaders to advance equality in the workplace. A firm believer in giving back with generosity, Zalis is a proud mentor to women around the world. Zalis authors a Forbes column that provides virtual mentorship for women in middle management. She is co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and media.

Randall J. Clark Partner, Gunderson Dettmer

Randall’s practice focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies, including companies within the following industries: software, hardware, education, consumer, and healthcare. Randall’s work with companies spans the entire corporate life-cycle, including company formation and entity selection, general corporate representation and counseling, venture capital financings of equity and debt securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Randall also devotes a substantial amount of time to the representation of venture capital funds of all stages in their foreign and domestic investment activities. Randall graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Randall practiced in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Meet Our Moderator

Anna Consani Head of Community, Goodwater Capital

Anna Consani is Head of Community at Goodwater Capital, the largest consumer tech focused VC fund in the world. Goodwater’s mission is to empower exceptional entrepreneurs everywhere to change the world for good. At Goodwater, Anna works within Portfolio Services to better connect the Goodwater community of founders and support the growth of portfolio companies which range from seed to pre-IPO. Prior to Goodwater, Anna was Vice President of Community and Partnerships at Springboard Enterprises, a global network for women-led tech and healthcare companies. Anna led the Springboard Dolphin Tank program, a “friendly-feedback” pitch session for entrepreneurs as well as the Women’s Health Innovation Coalition. She has hosted and moderated pitch events in over 30 cities, across 6 countries and 50+ virtual events. Anna has worked for Members of Congress in both Washington, D.C., and California, and was a Panetta Congressional Fellow in 2012. Anna holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Sociology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is currently based in Sacramento, CA.

Meet Our Presenters

How Dolphin Tank Works

While the venues and audiences may vary, every Dolphin Tank shares these core elements:

  • Entrepreneurs and their companies are selected via an application process.
  • Presenters deliver a three-minute pitch addressing a challenge or unique opportunity.
  • Solutions, connections, strategies, and opportunities for investment are crowdsourced from the audience.

Event Partners

Interested in partnerships or have any questions?

Email Rachel Rong, Director of Operations for Springboard Enterprises at [email protected].