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Fireside Chat with Trish Costello, CEO & Founder, Portfolia

April 22, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Fireside Chat with Trish Costello, CEO & Founder, Portfolia ~ Hosted by WAVE's Southern Chapter

A leader in preparing the next generation of general partners in venture capital with her own firm and as Founder of the Kauffman Foundation, Ms. Costello will discuss the impact of how today’s transformational events such as COVID, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and political and social movements have changed the equity landscape and how women are benefiting. Is it time to start your own Fund?

Following the discussion, attendees are welcome to participate in virtual networking sessions.


Trish Costello
CEO & Founder, Portfolia

About our Speaker:

Trish Costello is CEO and Founder of Portfolia and Managing Director of Portfolia Funds.  Portfolia’s ten venture capital funds focus on industries that over-index for women, including Active Aging and Longevity, FemTech, Rising America (diversity), AI/Enterprise, Consumer and Food/AgTech. Portfolia created the first venture capital fund with a sole focus on women’s health in 2018, and the first led by five women of color partners in 2019.  Portfolia’s first funds, vintage 2016 and 2017, are in the top 25% of their vintage years. 

Trish is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in preparing venture capital investment partners through the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program, which she launched in 1994 with the Kauffman Foundation, and continues as CEO Emeritus. Trish was Founding President of CVE Capital Corp, the holding company of a $1.7 billion Fund of Funds founded to endow the Kauffman program. Costello was on the start-up team of the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurship center, where she played a leading role nationally in increasing equity investments in women’s businesses and in funding initiatives supporting high-growth women entrepreneurs, as well as equity programs for all high-potential entrepreneurs. Trish led the National Science Foundation SBIR Sub-Committee on Commercialization and was the Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She led and exited venture-backed companies in the pediatric market earlier in her career. 

Trish is on the Board of Directors of the Motley Fool Foundation. Entrepreneur Magazine named her to its 2020 inaugural 100 Most Innovative Women Entrepreneurs in the World, and Portfolia won the 2019 Golden Stevie Award for the Year’s Most Innovative Company Run by Women. Fast Company awarded Portfolia as one of the 10 Most Innovative Finance Companies in the World in 2020, along with unicorns Brex and Carta.  

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