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Inventors Forum Speaker's Series - April 14th 2017 - SHE STARTED IT

  • 04/14/2017
  • 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
  • 5141 California Street, Irvine, CA - UCI Applied Innovation

Inventors Forum Speaker's Series

UCI Applied Innovation  4-14-17

Documentary and Panel:

She Started It 

(A Documentary and Panel on Women Founders & Inventors) 

We'll be showing the documentary "She Started It" beginning at 7:00 pm and then there will be a panel discussion following the film.

Space is Limited.


See the Trailer

If you are a woman with an idea for a product or company, you should come to see this documentary film.  Bring your friends (female or male) and show them the state of startups. Bring your daughters and teach them they can be founders. They can invent and run incredible businesses. Bring your husbands and boyfriends. Open a dialog with your circle of family and friends.

Stats on Women Owned Business in the United States: 

As of 2016, it is estimated that there are now 11.3 million (11,313,900) women-owned businesses in the United States, employing nearly 9 million people (8,976,100) and generating over $1.6 trillion ($1,622,763,800,000) in revenues. 

Women-owned firms (51% or more) account for 31% of all privately held firms and yet they contribute only 14% of employment and 12% of revenues.  

This means that we are not getting the training and the funding to scale our businesses in the same way that men are.  It's time to change that.


Women usually account for “less than 10 percent of founders” for high growth firms, according to the study Sources of Economic Hope by the Kauffman Foundation. Only 4 per cent of fortune 500 companies are run by women. In Silicon Valley, women earn only 49 cents to a man’s dollar and get less than 10% of all VC funding. According to a Babson College study, 96 percent of venture capitalists are men, and they control the majority of the money going into startups. The numbers are indeed changing, but not fast enough.

For women to play such a minor role in an industry that has become so prevalent in our lives, it would seem we are losing out on a lot of potential. Especially since women entrepreneurs tend to create businesses with a higher social impact and reinvest in their communities a lot more, as shown in a study published in the Harvard Business Review.

Moreover, high growth firms, the ones likely to create the most jobs, as reported by the Kauffman Foundation, tend to be built around new science and technology, where women are vastly absent. 

How do we try to change this?

We are two filmmakers on a mission for change. The film project was started in April 2013 and we launched the She Started It movement in June 2013 with our first Indiegogo campaign

Our goal is to reach one million women & girls with this film in 2017 and show them that if you fall, you can get back up. We want girls who will see the film to know that they can take risks, that failure is okay and that it is worth trying something you are passionate about.

The women of SHE STARTED IT are smart, resourceful and relatable, offering viewers powerful examples of female entrepreneurship while revealing the challenges faced by women-led companies. Their stories urge educators, parents, investors and business leaders to support women entrepreneurs and to contribute to a culture in which girls and women are able to envision, fund and lead their own enterprises. 

Open to non-members @ UCI's Applied Innovation (The Cove) in "the Beach" meeting room.

Inventors Forum holds 10 Speaker Series Meetings (February through November)

Come and Learn something new and discuss ideas with other inventors, startups, and product developers.

WHERE: UCI's Applied Innovation

Maps & Directions:  See Venue

5141 California St, Irvine, CA 92626 Room 200 - Known as "The Beach"

WHEN: These meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of the month and begin at s7:00 P.M. this month with registration starting at 6:45 PM. Come early 

The meeting usually lasts about 2 hours.

FEE: Our Speaker Series is Currently FREE (Winter Special)

For our Members Assistance Meetings: Door fees are $5 for members. Non-members can join at the door. Initial membership fees are $50 per year, and half price ($25) for seniors 65+, full time students and disabled. UCI Students are $12.50. We can take credit and debit card payments through Stripe at the meetings. If you're paying cash, please, no large denomination bills.

NOTES: We are a non-profit group with no paid positions and the success of the group is totally dependent on what YOU bring to the meetings. So please share any helpful information you have. The hard working volunteers who keep IF going appreciate any and all assistance.

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