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Women Innovators Initiative (WI2): Running a Startup: Perspective of Two Women Founders and CEOs from Cornell

April 2, 2021 — 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

According to Silicon Valley Bank report [1], 28% of U.S. startups have a female founder and 14% have a female CEO. While venture capital is their most likely next source of funding regardless of the gender makeup of the founding team, the startups with a female founder are slightly less likely to rely on them for funding. Companies founded solely by women garnered 2.1% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the US [2].


For the third WI2 webinar, we speak with two women founders and CEOs from Cornell University to find out about their experience as female founders/CEOs and to hear about the lessons learned during the formation and the growth of their venture.



  • Rachel Dorin, Ph.D., President and CEO, and Co-Founder, Terapore
  • Siyu Huang, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Lionano


  • Alice Li, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Technology Licensing, Cornell University

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[1] 2020 Women in US Technology Leadership. Silicon Valley Bank. (2021).
[2] The US VC Female Founders Dashboard. PitchBook (updated in 2021).


April 2, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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