Imagine being a woman pitching a sustainable underwear company. Now imagine being a woman pitching a sustainable underwear company to a room of men. Gasp required! Moderated by Sowmya Pelluru, Director of Brand & Communications at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund and founder of Manakii, hear from young alumni founders on what it really means to be a female founder. Our panelists, Amrita Saigal, founder of Kudos, and Sarina Siddhanti Garg, founder of Riya Collective, will cover topics including going through IVF while launching a company, managing investors’ expectations, prioritizing mental health, returning VC funding, and more.
Participants must register by NOON on December 5th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Founder & CEO, Kudos
Amrita Saigal is the founder & CEO of Kudos, a sustainable baby diaper company. Amrita is passionate about elegant sustainability – products that are better for the environment with no compromise on performance or aesthetics. She has a strong track record in manufacturing innovation, all the way from Always Pads to Google Glass. Amrita graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Amrita lives in San Francisco with her husband Karthish and daughter Avni.
Founder, Riya Collective
Sarina Siddhanti Garg is the founder of Riya Collective (YC W’20) and was working on it until recently. Sarina currently leads revenue at crypto exchange Uniswap. She graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Math & Economics from MIT followed by several different roles in fintech including the commercial GM of the US business of Funding Circle through their IPO. Sarina is a Washington D.C. native who currently lives with her husband and 1-year-old son outside DC.
Founder & CEO, manakii
Sowmya Pelluru is the Director of Brand and Communications at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, whose mission is to promote equity and economic opportunity in underserved neighborhoods as well as the founder of manakii, a social impact focused underwear company that donates one pair for each pair purchased. Sowmya is also an Academic Director at Georgetown University teaching an intensive on entrepreneurship. Prior to entrepreneurship, Sowmya worked at Wayfair as a creative strategist and producer. Sowmya holds a Masters in Design Management & Communications from Georgetown University and a BA in Global Supply Chain Management & Marketing from the University of South Carolina.
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