JoAnn Bourne - Women Founders Network
Women Founders Network provides capital, visibility and mentorship for female founders. Our annual Fast Pitch competition awards cash and services to women entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Accelerator, Women entrepreneurs, Startup, Women in Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Women in Technology, Startup Competition
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JoAnn Bourne, WFN Chief Financial Officer

Seabourne Capital Partners, Principal

Background

Private Investor focused on early stage companies and real estate
Deep strategic, top line growth and operating experience in numerous industries. Developed and executed new business lines – online and some with physical presence or both.
Broad online business experience – front end acquisition, marketing, new products and backend platforms, payments, and cybersecurity.
Board member on several (current and former) Not-For-Profit organizations.

Q: Why did you join the board?
A: To increase access to capital, mentors, and advisors for female founders with great vision, an innovative product or service, and drive/passion to succeed

Q: What have you learned?
A: There is no more exciting time to be sponsoring and supporting Female Founders. We have seen an incredible array of great business opportunities in various stages of development and are proud to have numerous WFN Top 10 winners becoming super successful – here in SoCal and spreading across the country!! Second, if the Founder has a great product/service for women only, male investors may not get it and can be too quick to say “no”.. Advise Female Founders (with female only targeted products or services) to always suggest that potential male Investors ask their GF, wife, mom or sister about the product and market opportunity first before they jump to “no” or “not interested”.

Q: What most excites you about WFN?
A: Doors come in all shapes and sizes and open in many ways. Women Founders Network works to open doors for Female Founders for investments, advisors, and we have a strong network of successful women to support Founders and their growing companies.

Q: What types of startups really excite you?
A: Unique and innovative products and services to make our lives easier, more fun, safer, or more interesting and Fintech.

Q: A few tidbits and random facts:

  • Will travel anywhere with a hot shower
  • Love cooking and wine apps
  • News junkie