Cash and Gender: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Fundraising Today (Video)

BE Conference 2017: Top experts in VC and jobs market discuss the chase for capital

As we strive for gender parity in every business sector — especially a start-up culture saddled with sexism — there’s no denying that fundraising is a universal challenge.

The inaugural BE Conference tackled the quest for cash, in the conversation “Capital: Raise It, Manage It, Spend It” — which saw entrepreneurs and heavyweight VC (venture capital) investors weigh in.

New York Presbyterian Hospital Chief Development Officer Sarah Avins moderated a conversation with Werk co-founders Annie Dean and Anna Auerbach, Halogen Ventures founder Jesse Draper and BBG Ventures president Susan Lyne.

“There is nothing tougher than building a company to the point of being truly successful … if it looks like it was smooth sailing from the start, it wasn’t,” Lyne said.

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

The BE is a special gathering of influential women in Media, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship and Technology. The two-day event offers networking, workshops, panels and mentor sessions with top industry executives, thought leaders and creatives in a first-class setting for networking, mentorship and ideas.

The BE is a joint creation of TheWrap and the Mom 2.0 Summit, and was hosted at Austin’s Omni Barton Creek Resort and Hotel in Texas.