Top investors hold ‘pitch competition’ for women only


When Brenna Haysom took to the stage at the first Capital W: Boston Women’s Venture Capital Summit, it was clear that this gathering of VCs and entrepreneurs was no ordinary conference. The founder of a startup that makes a hangover remedy, she introduced herself by noting, » I am the founder and CEO of Blowfish. And I’m also very pregnant. So if I get a little breathless, don’t be alarmed. » The audience erupted in laughter, with one woman in the audience hooting.

Another entrepreneur, Gloria Kolb, started her pitch by flashing an image of a vaginal probe device and noting that stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a condition afflicting one-third of women over the age of 30. Kolb is the founder of Elidah, a company that markets a wearable device for the condition.

Haysom and Kolb were among the eight female-led teams chosen to pitch their businesses Tuesday, receiving instantaneous…

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