Women Startup Challenge Mentors

DC 2015 | Finalists | Judges | Mentors


Sarah Kunst

Sarah Kunst is a entrepreneur, investor, advisor and philanthropist. She is from rural Michigan and attended Michigan State University. She has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and a number of media and consumer startups. She is currently a partner at Fortis. Her philanthropic interests include Help Us Adopt, Code2040, USA State Department’s Tech Women program, Technovation Challenge and being on the boards of Venture for America and the New York City Department of Education Finance and Business Commission. She also mentors and advises racially, geographically and gender diverse startups through NewMe, Digital Undivided, Mergelane, The Startup Factory, Boost.vc and Techstar’s Patriot Bootcamp.

Kunst is on the 2015 Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 list and has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 and Top African-American in Tech and Marie Claire Magazine named her a Young Gun to watch. She also writes for The Daily Beast and Entrepreneur.com and speaks on venture funding and startups frequently, including at the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Wall Street conference. Sarah is a passionate leader who is focused on global inclusiveness and helping traditionally underrepresented people find success.

Anarghya Vardhana

Anarghya_headshotAnarghya is a San Francisco based investor and product leader. She attended Stanford University where she wrote a thesis on the political economy of cell phones in develop countries. Afterwards, she spent four years focusing on UI, UX, and leading product teams at Google and other startups. She is currently an investor at Rothenberg Ventures. Anarghya is passionate about women in technology, technology in the developing world, and seeks to spend her days both enabling those who build paradigm shifting products while building some herself. In her minimal spare time, Anarghya runs marathons, trains in Indian classical dance, and practices yoga.

Angela Jackson

AngelaOver the last 12 years, Angela’s placed 60 angel investments and advised startups spanning everything from mobile to consumer products to clean tech.

Angela proudly maintains multiple leadership roles in the flourishing Portland startup ecosystem. In addition to being Co-Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund, she’s also Director of Portland State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which has housed more than 30 emerging tech companies to date. Angela is a past Chair of Angel Oregon and past President of Keiretsu Forum Portland chapter.

An entrepreneur herself, early in her career, Angela launched, secured funding, and managed several ventures including a clean water educational nonprofit. She can also regale you with tales from the three years she sailed around the world professionally as a tall ships sailor.

Angela holds a B.A. in English and History from Boston University and a M.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Oregon.

Asha Argrawal

Asha_profile-204x300Asha is an associate at the Westly Group. The Westly Group (www.westlygroup.com) is a sustainability focused venture capital firm investing in areas such the sharing economy, on-demand services, energy efficiency, transportation, food and agriculture and smart buildings. Some notable investments to date include Tesla, Zirx, Good Eggs, Revolution Foods, and View Glass.

Prior to joining Westly Group, Asha practiced as a corporate attorney at Gunderson Dettmer LLP, a law firm specializing in startups, emerging growth companies and venture capital funds. While there, Asha advised clients on a broad range of corporate matters including company formations, venture capital financings and strategic transactions such as mergers and acquisitions. She has also served as investors’ counsel for numerous top-tier venture capital funds. Prior to her work at Gunderson Dettmer, Asha worked at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, IL, where she advised hedge funds and banks in securities law issues.

Asha holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.Sc. from Northwestern University. She is admitted to practice law in California.

Aditi Maliwal

Aditi joined Crosslink as an investor in 2014, focusing on Mobile, Fintech and Internet Services investments. Prior to joining Crosslink, Aditi was an analyst in the technology, media & telecom investment banking group at Deutsche Bank in San Francisco providing M&A advisory and capital raising services for Internet & digital media and software clients. She has prior experience working at Allen & Overy LLP in Singapore and J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Hong Kong. Aditi holds a BA in Psychology from Stanford University, where she cultivated her interest in the human aspect of technology and the way it impacts lives.