To fuel the growth and close the funding gap of women-led companies.
From 2011–2013, women-led companies received only 2.7% of venture capital funding. The Refinery was founded in 2014 to help close this funding gap. Through two programs — Fueling the Growth pitch competition and the Winter Boost — top women-led tech companies are uncovered, accelerated, and scaled by an engaged community of peers, advisors, and investors.
In four+ years, The Refinery has achieved rapid and exciting results: 39 companies mentored by 90+ subject expert mentors, have raised $26 million+ in funds. More than 150 women-led tech companies have been uncovered through our pitch competitions. The Refinery has awarded $260,000+ in non-dilutive grants.
"Fueling for Growth Pitch Competition was a great way for women entrepreneurs to gain invaluable exposure to some of the top investors in the area. With the investor's undivided attention, you are able to have a candid conversation about your company and receive constructive feedback." Ashley Kalinauskas, Torigen
highly individualized program
value added mentors with industry specific and relevant experience matched to each participant's needs.
engagement with early stage investors and highly experienced entrepreneurs.
starting point for a longer term relationship; our mentorship does not end at the end of the formal twelve week period.
we put the entrepreneur first!
"Through participating in Fueling the Growth with UberPITCH I feel empowered to grow Corrie Health into a successful and sustainable company that addresses the real medical economics issues of readmission and revolutionizes heart attack recovery to be safer, faster, and more effective." Francoise Marvel, Corrie Health
our drive, and the work we expect from each cohort.
teams are pushed to understand their customer, refine their business model, build their team, develop their financial outlook and clearly articulate their businesses value to customers, partners and investors.
at the end of the Refinery program, companies really know their business — and have a rock-solid foundation that will allow them to scale and grow.
"UberPitch was an incredible experience for my company. We pitched to investors, received tremendous press, and met incredible female CEOs from all over the country. We learned so much from the experience and highly recommend this event!"
Ellen Matloff, MyGeneCounsel
Winter Boost Program
interactive content/webinar sessions
in-person group discussions
structured mentor meetings
end results include growth and funding strategy, milestones, and roadmap
Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition
One-on-One meetings with investors
Uncover top women-led tech companies
Janis has been helping companies innovate, create and quickly launch new businesses for more than 25 years. First, through her own company, which focused on helping high tech startups and then later advising and funding new financial service companies. Janis has helped found and launch several companies including two non-profit organizations.
As a Consulting Partner at KPMG, Janis worked with top financial service firms, leveraging innovation techniques to recreate businesses and new electronic markets. As Managing Director at JPMorgan's LabMorgan, she ran the financial services business incubator where they advised and funded new Financial Services Technology ventures.
Dedicated to community service, always an innovator, and creator of pragmatic solutions, Janis served on Westport’s Board of Finance, and as Chairman of Westport’s Parks and Rec, where she created an innovative public/private solution to continue the investment in the Town’s parks and recreation facilities.
Don't go it Alone (Connections are Important)
Jen has over twenty five years of experience as CFO for venture backed and startup companies in multiple industries. She has the unique ability to manage detail while engaged in strategy alongside CEOs, boards, financing and strategic partners. Recent clients include venture backed high tech and biotech companies, media and e-commerce companies and consumer product companies.
Jen began her career as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch. After Columbia Business School, she focused on developing her operational finance expertise as a senior manager and CPA in the entrepreneurial services and administrative leadership at Coopers & Lybrand. She was the CFO for Extraprise (now Quickpivot) for its first seven years where she built and oversaw finance, HR and IT. She has deep expertise in financial modeling, fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, HR and back office operations, and a strong track record raising venture capital and early stage financing.
Jen has an AB from Dartmouth College and has been a lecturer and researcher at both Tuck and Harvard Business Schools.