About Women Who Startup

A learning platform for a global community of female entrepreneurs and innovators. Women Who Startup provides a network, a platform, multiple sources of collaboration and rapid-learning to female entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to building successful companies.


Lizelle van Vuuren

CEO & Founder

Brad Todd

Head of Design

Jill Cruickshank

Admin & Operations

Davina Chesterson

Marketing Volunteer

Basecamp Leaders

Diane Snead

Colorado Springs

Kristin Romaine


Lizelle van Vuuren


Sarah Phillips


The Women Who Startup Story


January 2013

Lizelle started a small group for female business owners with some colleagues

September 2013

Lizelle coined a Denver Startup Week event called, Women Who Startup



January 2014

Lizelle started hosting monthly events called Women Who Startup in Denver at Galvanize Denver (GT)

September 2014

Women Who Startup Summit happens during Denver Startup Week and over 350 people show up



December 2014

Women Who Startup Radio (our official podcast) gets coined to Lizelle by Krista Morgan and Erin Bassity

January 2015

Lizelle creates the Women Who Startup brand and starts to position Basecamp Denver as a platform for female leadership and entrepreneurship



January 2015

Season 1 of Women Who Startup Radio goes into production

September 2015

Women Who Startup Summit happens during Denver Startup Week and over 500 people show up including Dave McClure from 500 Startups



October 2015

Women Who Startup launches on Slack for real-time engagement

February 2016

Basecamp Boulder launches at Galvanize Boulder



March 2016

Women Who Startup Radio, Season 2 goes into production

September 2016

Women Who Startup Summit happens during Denver Startup Week and over 600 people show up



September 2016

Basecamp Colorado Springs launches with Diane Snead as Basecamp Leader

January 2017

Lizelle pivot’s Women Who Startup from passion project to social enterprise



January 2017

Lizelle starts to build the Women Who Startup Global Program

April 2017

Basecamp Phoenix launches at Galvanize Phoenix with Basecamp Leader Robin Bramman



April 2017

Women Who Startup Radio, Season 3 goes into production

April 2017

Women Who Startup Connect – our new rapid learning and engagement network launches to 100 Beta members



June 2017

Women Who Startup Connect launches to the public

June 2017

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)



January 2018

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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