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Native Women Lead Wins $30K at ‘Angel Tank’ Social Enterprise Pitch Competition

Jaime Gloshay, co-founder of Native Women Lead, accepted the $20,000 Real Leaders Media Prize at the 2nd Angel Tank social enterprise pitch competition at the 2019 SEED Conference in San Francisco, California, on May 20. The organization received another $5,000 commitment from Giving Fund donor Kristin Hull, and an additional $5,000 from Laina Greene, co-founder of Angels of Impact.

Native Women Lead was the audience favorite at the 2nd Angel Tank social enterprise pitch competition, which kicked off the 2019 SEED Conference in San Francisco, California, on May 20. ImpactAssets and Real Leaders co-hosted Angel Tank for the second year to support the growing field of investors and entrepreneurs activating seed capital for good.

The Audience Choice Award winner, Native Women Lead won the $20,000 Real Leaders Media Prize. To top it off, Native Women Lead received another $5,000 commitment from Giving Fund donor Kristin Hull, and an additional $5,000 from Laina Greene, co-founder of Angels of Impact. A Native women-led business, the network Native Women Lead is revolutionizing systems in a way that honors Native culture, creativity and sustainability practices, while inspiring innovation by investing in Native women in business.

Jaime Gloshay (Navajo/White Mountain Apache/Kiowa), co-founder of Native Women Lead, who also serves as the project manager for Roanhorse Consulting, LLC, delivered the winning pitch and accepted the award on behalf of Native Women Lead. Native Business spoke with Gloshay about the impetus for Native Women Lead’s participation in the pitch competition and how the organization will use the award money to further its mission.

Gloshay explained that Native Women Lead is one of the founding chapters of Zebras Unite, an organization that calls for a more ethical and inclusive movement to counter existing startup and venture capital culture. Zebras Unite was invited to attend the SEEDS conference to meet with potential investors. “Once we connected with the organizer and they learned about our work [at Native Women Lead], they invited us to pitch on their platform,” Gloshay told Native Business. “We, of course, said yes to the opportunity as platforms like this are not always available to indigenous people” 

“The focus of our pitch was to tell our story of emergence and impact. Specifically, that Indigenous entrepreneurship is the business model of the future, if we are are going to solve the problems of the world today. Being in the space of a growing field of investors and entrepreneurs activating seed capital for good, we pitched our online hub (directory). This was our first pitch and it was an incredible honor to be voted for by the audience to receive the $20K media support plus $5K from Kristin Hull, and an additional $5K from Laina Greene, co-founder of Angels of Impact.

Native Women Lead will use the media support to fund and amplify their work nationally through Real Leaders, which bills itself as the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine. Real Leaders website states: “We want to ensure that the next generation of leaders, in all spheres of influence, are exposed to the best and brightest minds in the hope that they are inspired to find profitable business solutions that benefit humankind. Real Leaders advises and positions leaders to thrive in the new economy.”

Gloshay shared why media is powerful for Native Women Lead. “We are excited to reclaim our narrative, re-frame what Indigenous entrepreneurship is, and represent the overlooked talent in our network to better serve Indigenous women founders. Additional investment will be used to source our online platform.”

The capital is critical to scale and support Native Women Lead’s vision and mission, said Gloshay, adding: “The annual Native Women’s Business Summit is meant to be a safe, inclusive, brave; representative of the community, and [to] provide culturally relevant content. As our network grows, we want to replicate this online to support our mentorship initiative, connect to each other, and sustain our work all year around.”

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