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Springboard Brunch at SXSW 2023

March 12, 2023 | 10:30 am

Malverde at La Condesa

400 West 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701 United States

this will be an in-person pitch event

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Springboard is headed to Austin! We will be hosting a brunch event at Malverde at La Condesa on March 12, 2023 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm CT

The event will include a networking reception, brunch, feature a Springboard Alumna innovating in tech and more! We’re putting a Texas twist on this breakfast with a “Best Boots Contest.”  Wear your best cowboy boots and enter the competition or as a host committee member, you can serve as a judge!

See y’all in Austin!

When and Where

Sunday, March 12, 2023
10:30 AM CT – 12:00 PM CT


La Condesa
400 West 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Please note: This will be an in-person event

Meet our Event Speakers

Kay Koplovitz Co-founder & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises

In 1999, Kay Koplovitz co-founded Springboard with the intention of tackling the founder pipeline and the investor challenges women-led businesses faced. This culminated in Springboard’s first demo day in 2000 where 22 out of the 26 participants received funding. Women helping women build their companies and create jobs is having an impact on our economy.

As Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, the nation’s premier platform for connecting women with venture capital, Kay spends much of her time and energy helping women find venture capital to fund their companies.

Chelsie Lee Alumna Speaker, NYFTLab ’19

Chelsie Lee is a Strategic Retail and Technology Executive who specializes in global and domestic business strategy and execution. Most notably credited as the founder of Shipsi, the technology platform serving as a conduit between last-mile delivery networks and providing retailers with same-day, next-day and scheduled delivery. Shipsi was acquired by Auctane, a Thoma Bravo company, in 2021.

Scope of expertise includes product innovation, sales and business development, go-to-market strategy, supply chain optimization, capital raising, marshaling the combined talent of a broad team of subject matter experts and executive leaders, buying/planning in corporate retail, and leading enterprise B2B sales teams in the retail technology sector.

Chelsie is a fierce advocate for identifying problems and leveraging high-impact growth strategies, as well as a frequent publisher of retail-focused thought leadership as seen in Nasdaq, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is a member of several founder centric communities, Techstars Alumni, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Nominee and honored as one of The Top 50 Leaders of Austin for 2022.

Meet Our Host Committee

Interested in partnerships or have any questions?

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