Springboard Enterprises

NE 2000

new england 2000

About New England: 2000

Co-hosted by Springboard Enterprises, the National Women’s Business Council, and the Center for Women & Enterprise, the Springboard: New England 2000 program featured 30 of the most promising high-growth, women-led companies in technology and life sciences from  the New England and New York areas. The Forum was held on November 3, 2000 at the Harvard Business School’s Burden Hall Auditorium showcasing the entrepreneurs before an audience of the area’s top corporate, angel, and venture investors.

Event Summary

Over 300 of the region’s top investment professionals attended Springboard 2000: New England on November 3, 2000. Harvard Business School’s Burden Hall Auditorium remained jam-packed the entire day as the 30 selected entrepreneurs took the stage.

On November 2, 2000, the night before the conference, a Venture Capital Awards Dinner was held at Harvard Business School honoring those venture capital firms that have made a significant investment in women-led businesses. Two area firms, Weston Presidio Capitaland Zero Stage Capital, were honored for having invested in women-led firms at more than three times the national rate.

BancBoston Capital/BancBoston was recognized for its leadership in the advancement and promotion of women to senior level positions throughout the firm.

Contributing Sponsors:

Marketing Sponsors:

  • Denterlein Worldwide

  • Events Preferred

  • MoneyHunt

  • Selig/Kaye Group

  • Women’s Business

Supporting Organizations:

Forum Committees

Venture Committee Chair:

  • Marcia Hooper, Advent International

Recruiting Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Connie Duckworth, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

  • Sarah Di Troia, Cambridge Incubator

  • Sharon Whiteley, Whiteley & Company

Screening Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Paula Groves,Axxon Capital

  • Jodi Jahic, Battery Ventures

  • Mark Thaller, Zero Stage Capital

Coaching/Bootcamp Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Elizabeth Cahill Lempres, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

  • Ellen Roy, I-Group HotBank NE, a SoftBank Affiliate

Forum Committee:

  • Candida Brush, Boston University School of Management

  • Teri Cavanagh, FleetBoston Financial

  • Paula Chauncey, Redwood Group

  • Patricia M. Cloherty, Patricof & Co.

  • Karen F. Copenhaver, Esq., Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP

  • Angela Quinn Crispi, Harvard Business School

  • Michael Cronin, Weston Presidio Capital

  • Oliver D. Curme, Battery Ventures

  • Roslyn G. Daum, Esq., Choate, Hall & Stewart

  • Sarah Di Troia, Cambridge Incubator

  • Connie Duckworth, Goldman Sachs & Co.

  • Athena Edmonds, Zoe Capital

  • Kathy Elliott, Renaissance Ventures

  • April Evans, Advanced Technology Ventures

  • Paula Groves, Axxon Capital

  • Patricia Hanratty, Pamet Ventures

  • Myra Hart, Harvard Business School – Chairperson

  • Marcia Hooper, Advent International

  • Patricia Hume, Lotus Development Corporation

  • Jodi Jahic,Battery Ventures

  • Anne-Marie Keane, Staples.com

  • Kay Koplovitz, National Women’s Business Council

  • Joanna Lau, Lau Technologies

  • Elizabeth Cahill Lempres, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

  • Ginger Lew, Telecommunications Development Fund

  • Amy Millman, National Women’s Business Council

  • Laurie Moss, Deloitte & Touche

  • Kenneth Novack, America Online, Inc.

  • Penny Pickett, Telecommunications Development Fund

  • Scott Randall, FairMarket

  • Pamela Reeve, Lightbridge

  • James J. Rita, Jr., Grant Thornton LLP

  • Ellen Roy, I-Group HotBank NE, a SoftBank Affiliate

  • Dianne Hyde Russell, Imperial Bank, Emerging Growth Division

  • Jennifer Schmelter, Fleet Development Ventures

  • Andrea Silbert, Center for Women & Enterprise

  • Stephen Spinelli, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College

  • William Sweeney, Imperial Bank

  • Andrea Teichman Hill & Barlow

  • Mark Thaller, Zero Stage Capital

  • Jeffry Timmons, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College

  • Sharon Whiteley, Whiteley & Company



Series Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor:

  • FleetBoston Financial

Partner Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors:

Venture Partners: