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Sold out Demo Day for Prosper Women Entrepreneurs in STL


(Left) Suz Somersall, Co-Founder and CEO of KiraKira and (right) Malena Southworth, Co-Founder of KiraKira. Photo credit: Maria Frank.

Introductions. Innovation. High energy. That’s what attendees to the sold out Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s Demo Day experienced Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in St. Louis.

“Women entrepreneurs are an underrepresented asset class,” said Mary Jo Gorman, Lead Managing Partner for the Prosper Women Entrepreneur startup accelerator. “Our primary focus is to find early-stage, women-led companies to invest time and money in order to provide above average return to investors.”

Now in its second year, PWE is very excited to present its five companies from their spring 2016 class:

  • Appticles, Alexandra Anghel, co-founder and CTO, from Romania
  • Baloonr, Amanda Greenberg, co-founder and CTO, from San Francisco
  • Boosterville, Pam Cooper, co-founder and CEO, from Indianapolis
  • Investment Pod, Jacqueline Ko Matthews, founder and CEO, from Washington, D.C.
  • KiraKira, Suz Somersall, co-founder and CEO from San Francisco

“We’re excited about the quality of companies and teams we work with. These businesses are really out to change how things are done,” said Gorman.


Mary Jo Gorman introducing the entrepreneurial women in the 2016 Spring cohort. Photo credit: Maria Frank.

“Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s decision to choose us for their fall class was an act of faith for both of us. We’re honored to be chosen to participate,” said Ciprian Borodescu, co-founder with Alexandra Anghel of Appticles.

“Their introduction into the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem has been a great asset to us.” said Amanda Greenberg, co-founder of Baloonr.

The event at The Stage at KDHX was further enhanced by music from the Bottom’s Up Blues Band with food and beverages provided by Enterprise Bank & Trust.

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs is currently accepting applications for their 2016 class. Classes begin August 23 with the next Demo Day scheduled for November 9, 2016.

“The attendance and interest in these startups and the entrepreneurial activity in the St. Louis region demonstrates the support of new businesses,” said Gorman.


Alexandra Anghel, Co-Founder and CTO of Appticles shares her company with Demo Day attendees. Photo credit: Maria Frank.

Kristen Reed Edens, of St. Louis, is a content writer and blogger for small business. She writes about entrepreneurs, business and the unique lifestyle of grandparents in business.

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