Allyson Kapin, Founder, Women Who Tech
Allyson is the founder of Women Who Tech, which brings together 10,000+ diverse engineers, entrepreneurs, startup founders, investors, and industry leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring change through technology. As founder, she has produced several Women Who Tech TeleSummits packed with the most inspiring tech changemakers, disruptors, and startup entrepreneurs, ranging from Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post, to Rashmi Sinah, co-founder of SlideShare, acquired by LinkedIn.
In 2015, Allyson launched the Women Startup Challenge in partnership with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Foundation, to help fund and showcase women-led startups focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. Since its inception, the Women Startup Challenge has launched four pitch competitions across the U.S. and one in Europe, with 1,300+ applications and over $1 million raised in cash and prizes for women-led ventures.
Allyson has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company, a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian, and “one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter” by Forbes for her leadership roles in technology.
Justyn Hintze, Director, Women Who Tech
Justyn coordinates all Women Startup Challenges and Women Who Tech programming. Passionate about closing the gender-gap and shattering both the glass ceiling and the mirrortocracy, Justyn works with women-led ventures and helps them get pitch ready.
Justyn has written for or has been featured in publications including RH Reality Check, Bust Magazine, Care2, Cosmopolitan, and Jezebel to name a few, and facilitates panels and workshops about social media, social justice, inclusivity, and sexuality education at conferences and in classrooms nationwide. She is on the Advisory Council for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.
Eva Bandelj, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Amsterdam
Based out of Amsterdam, Eva works as a Community Engagement Lead & Tech Ecosystem Builder at Startupbootcamp global innovation program to bring value to their community of startups, alumni, partners, mentors, investors, influencers, and media.
Before joining the tech world, Eva used to work on marketing, advertising, loyalty and promotional campaigns for several blue-chip companies, including Freelancer.com, Sky, Renault, P&G and L’Oréal Group.
Passionate about all things startups, Eva actively engages with the tech community internationally, advocating the importance of knowledge-exchange, collaboration, diversity inclusion, and access to talent in the global sharing economy.
Liva Judic, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Lisbon
Liva is a serial entrepreneur and executive coach. She has extensive international experience working with startups who who want to grow outside their domestic market on product-market fit, brand development, and communications. Liva strives to inspire senior leadership to make bold decisions that fuel growth and embolden their brands while making a lasting positive impact on their ecosystems.
Phuong Mai, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Berlin
Phuong Mai is the founder of P.MAI, a California-based brand focused on fashionable and functional women’s fashion. Their new line of women’s backpacks combine utility with luxury, and has been featured in Buzzfeed, Inc., WWD, Racked, Product Hunt and more.
Prior to founding P.MAI, she began her career in strategy and management consulting for over 6 years—working with multidisciplinary teams to solve business problems in innovation, marketing, leadership, sustainability and change management for clients such as Coca-Cola, Dell, and American Express. Phuong is a graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Yesika A. Robles, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Finland and Spain
Yesika A. Robles co-founded Tespack at the age 24, a smart technology company focusing on mobile energy solutions that has raised over 2.6M€ currently used by the United Nations and various governmental entities. Yesika has been recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30 as a disruptor in her industry “tech & Energy”. She was named as one of the Top 200 Leaders of Tomorrow Globally at St Gallen Symposium to debate topics with Prime Ministers, Top Entrepreneurs and Higher Education (HE) leaders. She was also selected as Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs, under 30 in Spain and Mentor for the Queen’s Young Leaders to support leading Social Entrepreneurs and NGO’s across 53 commonwealth countries.
Caritta Seppa, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Finland and Spain
Caritta Seppa is the COO and co-founder of Tespack, a company specialised in mobile energy and whose customers and partners include Vodafone, Intersport and Save the Children. Caritta has been shortlisted by Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2018 as one of the young innovators reshaping the world and she was selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Wearables in 2018. Caritta has been awarded as one of the Top 10 Youth Entrepreneurs by YE Global for her work towards youth social inclusion and together with Tespack, she is one of the top 10 Finalists of Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017. In 2017, Caritta was selected as one of theWinning Women Entrepreneurs in Europe by Ernst & Young. Caritta is passionate about technology and empowering others and is a mentor and advisor to aspiring young entrepreneurs and students. In 2016, she was one of the co-organisers for the first Women in Tech event in Valencia and in 2018 she co-organised tone of the first Women in Tech Conferences in Lima together with the Finnish and Swedish Embassy.
Dilnoza Shaumarova, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Paris, Brussels, and Barcelona
Dilnoza leads the PR and Management communication agency MOLOGO Studio. In addition, she’s a mentor for Startups in wearable tech for the EU project WearSustain, the biggest network in Europe in fashion tech.
She graduated from the elite french academy in Paris [ENS-Paris-Saclay] and afterwards joined Europe’s eight leading research institutions in Cancer Research. She’s fluent in French, English, Spanish, German, and Russian and acts as a liaison between universities, research institutions and conferences. She has represented administrative board & Science Policy adviser for Marie Curie Actions Fellows Association. Through these experiences, she has gained rich interpersonal skills, which I applied later on in entrepreneurship.
She’s delighted to join Women Who tech to support and share my experiences based in Paris, Brussels, and Barcelona.
Anotonella Socci, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, UK
Anontella is an experienced and passionate international marketing leader with expertise in financial services, technology and startups. She combines a classical marketing approach with the dynamics of digital marketing, effectively spanning both areas and have broad experience in marketing strategy, value proposition development, brand management, communications, sponsorship and building strategic commercial partnerships.
In 2000, she launched The Future Takes Visa brand campaign in Europe. The brand strategy and its execution focused on new biometric payment methods, a strategy which was years ahead of their launches in markets. She was the driving force behind the development of the Team Visa programme, the first truly integrated Olympic and Paralympic marketing strategy by a TOP partner. Subsequently the strategy has been embraced by many leading brands. For London 2012 she played a pivotal role in the commercial engagement with key clients and in bringing to life Visa’s innovation agenda which included the marketing launch of the first mobile payment app. In 2015 she launched Card-Linked-Offers proposition in partnership with Edo Interactive, a US venture-backed start-up at the intersection of advertising, data and payments.
Ukeme Emem, New York Advisor
Ukeme Emem is the Executive Producer of Future Perfect Media www.futureperfectmedia.tv). Ukeme produces digital video for online women centric brands and publishers. She has worked with Condé Nast, Time Inc., Lancôme, VH1, and ESPN. Ukeme is also passionate about healthy living adult education—she volunteers and produces workshops that help adults acquire jobs, educate families and children about healthy living and produces Mommy & Me workshops for low income mothers.
Prior to starting Future Perfect Media, Ukeme was selected and graduated from the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) Trainee program where she worked on several major motion pictures and television shows. Prior to the DGA Trainee program, she worked at Nickelodeon, Law & Order, and AICP (Association of Independent Producers).
Lauren Maffeo, Europe Advisor
Lauren has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career in London’s Tech City as a media consultant to digital startups. Lauren also worked as a tech journalist; she reported on trends including self-drive cars, digital skills gaps in Taiwan and Brazil, the role of apps in aid relief, and a feared digital dark age for The Next Web and The Guardian. Lauren’s writing has also been published and cited by The Atlantic, Skoll World Forum Online, The Diplomatic Courier, and The LSE Review of Books.
Today, Lauren works as a content editor for GetApp – a Gartner company – where she covers trends in the project management, finance, and accounting software markets for small and midsize businesses. Prior to GetApp, Lauren managed content at Aha! – one of America’s fastest growing SaaS companies based in Silicon Valley. Lauren earned her MSc in Gender, Media and Culture from The London School of Economics and Political Science
Alejandra Guerrero, Intern
Alejandra is a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a B.B.A, concentrating in Marketing, Economics & Public Policy with a minor in Anthropology. As a young professional, Alejandra is passionate about the interdisciplinary romance between the social sciences and consumer behavior. She hails from Managua, Nicaragua and is pursuing a career in the Marketing or Advertising industries. Alejandra is particularly interested in Corporate Social Responsibility as it applies to business solutions and sustainability. Alejandra has experience coordinating large-scale events, drafting marketing campaigns and working with multiple social media platforms.