VCET’s Female Founder Series Raises Funds And Awareness For Working Women In Vermont

Groundbreaking, Sell Out Series Features Female Entrepreneurs Sharing Startup Stories of Success and Challenges

Burlington, VT (May 29, 2018) – The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) concluded its second Female Founders Speaker Series this past Spring, and is proud to share the scope of the program’s impact and inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere. Launched in the Fall of 2016, the Female Founders events cumulatively welcomed more than 650 attendees; heard from 25 of the state’s women entrepreneurs; and raised about $8,000 for some of Vermont’s most critical non-profits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Girl Develop It, The Good Food Truck, and more.

The Female Founders Speaker Series is an extension of VCET’s vision of supporting Vermont-based innovative start-ups, and is co-founded with and hosted by Hotel Vermont. The theme-based panel discussions in an intimate, limited-seating venue at Hotel Vermont, produce organic, meaningful conversations about the unique situations surrounding the intentional and accidental female entrepreneurs. Each event either fully or nearly sells out, and ticket sales help generate funding for key initiatives, such as Vermont Works for Women.

“Every event I attended was packed, which is a real testament to the entrepreneurial energy of women in Vermont,” said Jen Oldham, Executive Director at Vermont Works for Women. Vermont Works for Women is honored to be recognized by VCET as a worthy community partner with a shared commitment to helping women succeed and fulfill their potential.”

The second season of VCET’s Female Founders series showcased some of the area’s most intriguing business ideas to locally-based, world renowned brands.

  • Event 1: Building a Global Brand in Vermont. Burton’s CEO Donna Carpenter and members of her senior leadership team.
  • Event 2: Sustainability and Personal Care. Business leaders Akshata Nayak, founder, The Orange Owl; Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For The Planet and co-founder of Vermont Yak Company; Magda Van Dusen, co-founder of Brio Coffeeworks; and Montana Burns, founder of Atlas Acupuncture.

“Speaking on the ‘Female Founders: Makers Matter’ panel for VCET was an exhilarating and enriching experience,” said Britt Witt, co-founder, Red House. “Engaging with this female-empowering community and sharing knowledge with one another was an honor to take part in. I feel truly grateful to be supported by both current and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and thrilled to offer my support to them in return. Can we do this all the time!?”

“A couple of years ago, we took note of an undeniable trend of the growing number of women entrepreneurs in Vermont, and felt there was an opportunity to help their stories be shared and heard,” said Sam Roach-Gerber, Director of Innovation at VCET. “What we instantly found was a deep appetite to learn – not in a linear way, but from a multidimensional exchange among the panelists and audience members and everything in between. We are thrilled how the Female Founders series continues to pay it forward, and are looking forward to announcing the lineup for our next series starting fall 2018.”

The entire series has been filmed by VCET’s media sponsor, RETN. Information and links to previous events can be found at

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