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 partner Female Quotient at SXSW 2024 for an exciting pitch event featuring women founders and entrepreneurs, expert panelists, and interactive audience participation!
When and Where
Saturday, March 9, 2024
10:30 AM CT – 11:30 AM CT
Female Quotient Equality Lounge Waller Creek Boathouse (74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701, USA)
We’re Showcasing Women in Tech at SXSW
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 16, 2024.
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 9, 2024
Apply by February 16, 2024
Meet Our Panelists
Arlan Hamilton, Founder, Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $15 million and invested in more than 170 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018, Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio which launched four accelerator programs for underestimated founders in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London.
Shelley Zalis, Founder & 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.
Nneka Ukpai, Head of Financial Innovation, Better
Nneka is the Head of Financial Innovation at Better. In her current role, Nneka advises the tech unicorn on business and legal strategy, new financial technology products, and strategic investment. In addition, Nneka has created and operationalized new affiliates like the Better Opportunity Fund, a nonprofit arm focused on closing the racial and gender wealth gaps. In her prior role as Senior Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Nneka led cross-functional teams developing solutions to eliminate friction in homeownership and align the right incentives for borrowers to have the best customer experience imaginable.
Prior to Better, Nneka was a senior associate at a global law firm where she specialized in defending large corporations, boards and individual members of the C-suite in multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions. When Nneka is not practicing law, she is a two-time tech founder, angel investor, and advisor to startups and accelerators.
Nneka is a proud graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School, where she currently serves on the distinguished teaching faculty of Harvard’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. Nneka also serves on the Board of Better UK, London’s largest digital mortgage broker, and on the Advisory Boards of Brex, Dandi, and Arara.io.
Kerry Rupp, General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Kerry Rupp is General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage VC fund investing in women-led businesses that are improving human and/or environmental health, where she sits on six company boards. For five years, she also taught for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps innovation program. Kerry was previously CEO at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and VC fund. Before that, she founded Holiday Golightly, a group travel service for women, and held leadership roles at various startups and larger corporations. Kerry serves on several non-profit/advisory boards for organizations focused on healthcare, entrepreneurship and other civic improvement initiatives. Kerry holds an MBA from HBS and a BA from Duke.
Meet Our Moderator
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.
Check Out Our 2023 SXSW Dolphin Tank Event Video
Interested in partnerships or have any questions?
Email Rachel Rong, Director of Operations for Springboard Enterprises at [email protected].