Voice of an Angel

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
4:00pm— 5:00pm
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COVID is having a profound impact on the fundraising landscape. Join Carol Curley for a conversation on the future of early-stage investing!

About this Event

COVID-19 is having a profound impact on the fundraising landscape for startup founders. Fundraising is a daunting proposition without an economy-altering pandemic; now it's even more challenging. Carol Curley joins WAFFA to demystify the current state of the fundraising landscape. There will be ample time for Q&A!

Date: June 17, 2020

Time: 4 - 5 pm CDT / 5 – 6 pm EDT

Location: Online

Cost: FREE

Featured Speaker: Carol Curley

Chief Investment Officer, Charian Ventures

Carol A. Curley, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Charian Ventures, a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, and a member of New York Angels. Carol has been investing in and advising early-stage companies for over 20 years. She is a frequent judge and panelist and serves on the Advisory Board of Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship. Carol has held senior positions in both Investment Banking and Asset Management firms. In addition, she has served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance in the Graduate Programs of both The University of Dallas and Pace University. Carol holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Carol writes about topics impacting Angel Investing in her Blog: https://womeninvest.nyc https://womeninvest.nyc

Moderator: Laura Colagrande

Co-Founder, Chippin Snacks

Laura Colagrande is the co-founder of Chippin, a sustainability-focused company on a mission to reinvent pet food. Chippin harnesses the power of underutilized protein to make pet food that is more nutritious and uses 90% fewer resources. Co-founders Laura and Haley started Chippin while at Wharton/Penn, and now their products can be be found in over 100 stores nationwide, Amazon and chippinsnacks.com. Laura started her career in brand and design, and before Chippin, she worked for the Global Design and Innovation team at Starbucks, launching the first Starbucks in Italy. She has a Master of Architecture and Product Design, from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Laura is one of the Forbes 30 under 30, class of 2020.


The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.

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