Yes, We Can! Women in Entrepreneurship


Thursday, March 16, 2017
1:00 PM TO 1:45 PM ET/10:00 AM TO 10:45 AM PT

Join the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) this week on the webinar series Building a Startup Nation. We’ll explore stories, ideas, and insights about women in entrepreneurship. Hosted by three university students, you’ll get a firsthand look at the ties between Congress, universities, start-ups, industry, and the women working relentlessly to forge paths within.



Gwen Walker

Founder of Albuquerque Sole Sisters

With an entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in marketing, Gwen founded a running club and business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to graduating from Notre Dame University in 2005, she worked as an intern on Capitol Hill under the First Lady Laura Bush. Alongside running Albuquerque Sole Sisters, Gwen serves as a Market Manager for Whirlpool Corporation and has been with the company for 13 years. She’s passionate about giving back to her community through mentorship and entrepreneurship.


Audrey Horst

Boston University PhD Student, NCET2 University Entrepreneur Fellow

Audrey is a cell and molecular biologist previously trained at MIT, and currently training at Boston University’s Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry PhD program. Under her PhD Advisor, Dr. Catherine Klapperich, Audrey has looked for ways to intersect applied science and innovation. Her current research project explores an innovative medical technology that is basis of her advisor’s med-tech startup, Jane Diagnostics.


Saba Nafees

Texas Tech PhD Student, University Innovation Fellow, NCET2 University Entrepreneur Fellow

Saba is currently pursuing a PhD with research focused in mathematical biology at Texas Tech University. She graduated in May of 2014 with a Bachelor's in Mathematics with Highest Honors. With her entrepreneurial spirit serving as fuel, she’s founded multiple student organizations, graced the TEDx stage, served as an E3! Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, and currently serves as a University Innovation Fellow and One Young World Ambassador.



Alyx Horace

Texas Tech Undergraduate, University Innovation Fellow, NCET2 University Entrepreneur Fellow

Alyx is an Undergraduate Information Systems major at Texas Tech University. Serving as a University Innovation Fellow she’s worked to promote entrepreneurial efforts at Texas Tech. Alyx has experience in business, technology, and law.


The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) has created an experiential learning program called "Building a Startup Nation" to provide university and college students volunteer, internship and fellowship opportunities to engage with Congress and with the country's startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital and angel investors. The program allows the students to fulfill their personal dreams and aspirations, and at the same time strengthens the nation's competitiveness and job creation potential, so that after they graduate they can be leaders for a Startup Nation in government, academia and private industry.

Startups are an under-appreciated part of the national economy. Yet, the national startup ecosystem creates almost all the net new jobs and national innovation produces half the economic growth. This series highlights the players in the startup economy in an attempt to provide greater understanding of their important roles. It will highlight the entrepreneurs, students, researchers and universities attempting to build a startup nation, along with the angel investors, VCs and Fortune 500 attempting to finance it.










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