Financing for Entrepreneurship

Join us for the Career Girls Financing For Entrepreneurship Camp on July 12, 13, 14, and 15 as we learn about how to fund your ideas and turn them into a successful business. Learn how to create a business model, what investors are looking for in a viable company and how profit, revenue, and costs matter in developing a strong business plan.

Tuesday, July 12
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Topic: Introduction to Financing for Entrepreneurship

Download the Glossary of Terms as your pre-camp reading for Tuesday here. 

Tuesday Role Model Experts


Diondraya Taylor
Diondraya Taylor is an education Ph.D. student at UCLA and the founder of Mindset & Milestones: a social enterprise focusing on entrepreneurship education for girls! As she fell in love with the startup space through her role with different startups, she recognized entrepreneurship as an amazing tool to encourage innovation, goal setting, and boldness in girls at a time when gender inequity is still a reality. In her research, she focuses on risk-taking for young women in STEM and tries to understand their engagement in relation to the identities they hold. Between her business and her research, she is committed to the development of girls and the advancement of women in society.

Dr. Silvia Mah
Dr. Silvia Mah is a founding partner of Ad Astra Ventures, that aims to “get to even” for high achieving women. Focused on “Impact with Integrity”,  Silvia is the founder & Chairwoman of Stella Labs, an accelerator for women-owned businesses; founding member of Stella Angels, a female angel investment group; Investment Committee member of Next Wave Impact, a social impact venture fund; and an angel investor to over 120+ startups who have diverse founders on the leadership team.

Dr. Mah is most recently, the new Director of Innovation at Biola University focus on accelerating social innovation in the region. Dr. Mah’s own success includes producing a globally-recognized podcast, She Invests!, highlighting the investment journeys of female angel investors and venture capitalists & the inaugural Fund Manager for the San Diego Angel Conference Fund I, a new angel fund to activate regional capital from aspiring and existing angel investors.

Dr. Mah formerly served as the President & COO of Connect w/San Diego Venture Group and serving for 2 years as the Student Programs Diversity Director at the Office of Innovation and Commercialization’s The Basement, a technology accelerator for undergraduate startups at UCSD. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Mah believes in integrating family and work to create a lifestyle that serves both with a strong cup of integrity.

Wednesday, July 13
10 AM - 11 AM PDT/1 PM - 2 PM EST
Topic: Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist Perspectives

Wednesday Role Models


Sara Golshahr

Sara Golshahr, Vice President at BlackRock, is a member of the US Private Credit team within the Global Credit Platform. Sara helped launch BlackRock’s Investment Grade Private Placement business, an investment strategy which directly lends to both private and public companies on behalf of insurance mandates. Prior to joining Private Credit, Sara previously worked on the Portfolio Management team supporting BlackRock’s High Yield strategies.

Sara received BlackRock’s 2021 Heart of BlackRock Award, given to individuals who best embody BlackRock’s culture holistically and demonstrate inclusive behaviors. She serves as a leader on the Global Credit Human Capital Committee, BlackRock’s Women in Investments and Women’s Initiative and Allies Network (WIN), and Credit’s Alliance for Racial Equity & Sensitivity (CARES).

Prior to joining BlackRock full time, Sara co-oped with BlackRock’s Alpha Strategies Group where she supported the Global Opportunities team in equity research. Sara earned a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Drexel University, where she swam on Drexel’s NCAA Division I Varsity Swim Team.


Diondraya Taylor
Diondraya Taylor is an education Ph.D. student at UCLA and the founder of Mindset & Milestones: a social enterprise focusing on entrepreneurship education for girls! As she fell in love with the startup space through her role with different startups, she recognized entrepreneurship as an amazing tool to encourage innovation, goal setting, and boldness in girls at a time when gender inequity is still a reality. In her research, she focuses on risk-taking for young women in STEM and tries to understand their engagement in relation to the identities they hold. Between her business and her research, she is committed to the development of girls and the advancement of women in society.

Thursday, July 14
10 AM - 11 AM PDT/1 PM - 2 PM EST
Topic: Entrepreneur Pitch for Finances

Thursday Role Models

Samantha Pantazopoulos
Sam is a social entrepreneur who started her company, Vizer, in her dorm room while studying abroad. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Vizer, Sam is leading a social wellness movement to help people lead healthful lives through increased exercise and access to healthy food. Sam is a brand strategist and connector of people and ideas. Sam started her first business at 8 years old, and in 2017, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA). She is a multi-time social entrepreneurship award winner, and was named the

Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2019 Women’s Venture Summit.

 


Diondraya Taylor
Diondraya Taylor is an education Ph.D. student at UCLA and the founder of Mindset & Milestones: a social enterprise focusing on entrepreneurship education for girls! As she fell in love with the startup space through her role with different startups, she recognized entrepreneurship as an amazing tool to encourage innovation, goal setting, and boldness in girls at a time when gender inequity is still a reality. In her research, she focuses on risk-taking for young women in STEM and tries to understand their engagement in relation to the identities they hold. Between her business and her research, she is committed to the development of girls and the advancement of women in society.

Friday, July 15
10 AM - 11:15 AM PDT/1 PM - 2:15 PM EST
Topic: Entrepreneurial Finance for Solopreneurs

Friday Role Models


Diondraya Taylor
Diondraya Taylor is an education Ph.D. student at UCLA and the founder of Mindset & Milestones: a social enterprise focusing on entrepreneurship education for girls! As she fell in love with the startup space through her role with different startups, she recognized entrepreneurship as an amazing tool to encourage innovation, goal setting, and boldness in girls at a time when gender inequity is still a reality. In her research, she focuses on risk-taking for young women in STEM and tries to understand their engagement in relation to the identities they hold. Between her business and her research, she is committed to the development of girls and the advancement of women in society.


Yanely Espinal

Yanely Espinal, director of educational outreach, Next Gen Personal Finance; creator, MissBeHelpful.

Born and raised by Dominican immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She received a full scholarship to Brown University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and later received her master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. After paying off $20,000 of credit card debt, she discovered a passion for financial literacy and created an educational YouTube channel, called MissBeHelpful.

Yanely currently serves as the director of educational outreach at Next Gen Personal Finance. In her spare time, Yanely loves to listen to audio books and podcasts, dance, sew, and babysit her eight nieces and nephews.