About Women Who Startup
A learning platform for a global community of women entrepreneurs and innovators. Women Who Startup provides a network, a platform, multiple sources of collaboration and rapid-learning to entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to building successful companies.
Lizelle van Vuuren
CEO & Founder
Head of Design
Admin & Operations
Monthly Event Leaders
Lizelle van Vuuren
The Women Who Startup Story
Lizelle started a small group for female business owners with some colleagues
Lizelle coined a Denver Startup Week event called, Women Who Startup
Lizelle started hosting monthly events called Women Who Startup in Denver at Galvanize Denver (GT)
Women Who Startup Summit happens during Denver Startup Week and over 350 people show up
Women Who Startup Radio (our official podcast) gets coined to Lizelle by Krista Morgan and Erin Bassity
Lizelle creates the Women Who Startup brand and starts to position Basecamp Denver as a platform for female leadership and entrepreneurship
Season 1 of Women Who Startup Radio goes into production
Women Who Startup Summit happens during Denver Startup Week and over 500 people show up including Dave McClure from 500 Startups
Women Who Startup launches on Slack for real-time engagement
Basecamp Boulder launches at Galvanize Boulder
Women Who Startup Radio, Season 2 goes into production
Women Who Startup Summit happens during Denver Startup Week and over 600 people show up
Basecamp Colorado Springs launches with Diane Snead as Basecamp Leader
Lizelle pivot’s Women Who Startup from passion project to social enterprise
Lizelle starts to build the Women Who Startup Global Program
Basecamp Phoenix launches at Galvanize Phoenix with Basecamp Leader Robin Bramman
Women Who Startup Radio, Season 3 goes into production
Women Who Startup Connect – our new rapid learning and engagement network launches to 100 Beta members
Women Who Startup Connect launches to the public
Women Who Startup’s new membership launches to the public that includes access to WWS Connect and WWS Live (access to Slack and our monthly live chats with experts)
The launch of the Women Who Startup Foundation, our official 501(c)3 non-profit focused on our core programming including; Basecamp events, annual Summit, education and Grants to women entrepreneurs.
About Lizelle van Vuuren
Lizelle van Vuuren was born and raised in South Africa and has called Colorado home since 1997. She finished High School and College in Colorado attending both CU Boulder and The Art Institute of Colorado where she immersed herself in media and tech by landing an internship at a tech company at 19. Since then she’s worked in Enterprise software development and also received her MBA from Capella University while working in the field. Lizelle launched her first company in 2009, EmSpot a marketing and web development agency for Small Business but she soon fell into the world of tech Startup’s and by early 2012 she started to work on consumer and B2B Startups. It was at this moment of being entrenched in the tech world that she realized that far too few women and minorities were apart of innovation and she started to change that by creating what today is known, as Women Who Startup. Lizelle remains a technologist, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Women Who Startup focused on building a global brand and innovation company at Women Who Startup that creates and drives profound impact for female entrepreneurs and continues to develop and launch some of her other projects at her other company, Effectively Labs. Based in Denver, Colorado Lizelle continues to immerse herself in consumer and enterprise tech, the future of tech, entrepreneurship, AI, machine learning, venture funding and fundraising and many other interesting new markets and technologies and is constantly considering how to partner with Enterprise companies on innovation, impact, diversity and new technologies to improve the way people live and work. You can connect with Lizelle on Linkedin and Twitter.
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