Jan 4, 2022 at 3: 57 pm

Meet Jessica Espinoza at Booost ’22

Jessica Espinoza is the CEO of the 2X Challenge and former Vice President for Private Equity & Venture Capital Investments at DEG/KfW. We're excited to have her join us at Booost '22 to speak about how we can tackle some of the world's biggest challenges through innovative venture financing.

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We’re nearly there! Tomorrow is Day 1 of the Booost ’22 Partner Summit where we will be launching Fund Manager! to the world for the very first time. But before that, we had a catchup with Jessica Espinoza who will be joining us at Booost ’22.

In her keynote titled “Tackling the world’s biggest challenges through innovative venture financing”, Jessica will share about her extensive experience in private equity and venture capital, as well as the 2X Challenge, a global initiative that has mobilized over $11 billion of gender lens investments since its launch at the G7 Summit in 2018. Below is a sneak preview of what you will learn from her keynote.

Without giving too much away – what is the core message of your talk?

The way we allocate capital and invest shapes the world we live in. If we want to change the world, we must change the way we allocate capital.

Why is this topic particularly important to you?

Only 2% of venture capital goes to women-led startups. That tells you a lot about the future we’re currently building. The “one-size-fits-men” approach is failing women entrepreneurs and female fund managers alike. Gender lens investing is a major global trend that is transforming the investment industry to overcome gender bias in capital allocation. The 2X Challenge has raised more than $ 11 billion for gender-smart investments in less than 3 years – and has a number of exciting initiatives underway to shift capital at scale. 2X resonates not only with impact investors but also commercial mainstream investors given a strong impact case and business case. Given the significant momentum in the market, we have now launched the 2X Collaborative as a global industry body for gender lens investing convening the entire spectrum of investors.

What key takeaways can the global partner community expect?

There are exciting ways for the global ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators and innovation agencies to get involved and drive even more capital with a gender lens. I’ll be showcasing 3 exciting initiatives: 1) The 2X Collaborative, 2) 2X Ignite and 3) a 2X Innovation Lab in partnership with Strategy Tools & Jona Repishti!

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The Booost Summit is an annual partner summit exclusive for the Strategy Tools Partner Network. Access to the summit is free for ST Partners and their friends. Learn more about Booost ’22 here and register for your seat.

 

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