The Billion Dollar Brew, An Exclusive Event in Austin, TX



  • Systemic work behind the scenes on capital allocation and the funding ecosystem to support women-led innovation
  • Provide insight into how founders are building in the current market environment, and what support is further needed
  • Highlight successful women founders and funders fueling innovation in the space
  • Build awareness of the pivotal role investors play in driving returns through diversity


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About The Organizers

Dell Women’s Entrepreneur’s Network — join the network that helps you advance your business. For more than a decade, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) has brought women entrepreneurs together from around the world to help them connect with each other, scale their businesses, and ultimately succeed. The DWEN community welcomes all levels of entrepreneurs, from start-ups to scale-ups. Joining DWEN will give you access to women entrepreneurs from around the world and valuable resources to grow your business – including the latest technology, access to funding resources, and best practices from a global network of members.

Beyond The Billion — is the world’s first and largest consortium of venture funds pledged to invest over $1Bn into women-founded companies. Beyond the Billion’s (BTB) first pledge campaign was launched as The Billion Dollar Fund for Women in October 2018 with an audacious goal of catalyzing $1 billion into the hands of women founders globally, addressing the gender venture investment gap where women were receiving only 2.2% of all venture capital funding.

In under 2 years, $638 million of the first billion pledged was deployed by our partner funds into close to 800 women-founded companies, of which 11 have been recognized as unicorns— from Canva to EverlyWell. To continue to build on this momentum, we launched Beyond The Billion, to catalyze capital deployed to and with these venture funds, ensuring their continued capacity to invest by bridging LPs and GPs, building a community of institutional investors, sovereign funds, IFIs, DFIs, family offices, wealth managers and high net worth individuals; driving the agenda collectively.

Dell for Startups — provides startup expertise from dedicated technology advisors and scalable solutions to ensure your business is always ready to grow. Your dedicated startup advisor will get to know your business needs and goals and deliver customized scalable tech solutions. Your IT advisor will work closely with you to help you identify, plan, and execute projects for your startup. Take advantage of workshops, panels, showcases and access to community to learn and grow.

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Sara Brand

Sara Brand is the Founding General Partner of True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage VC fund investing in women-led businesses improving environmental and/or human health. She is also the co-founder of (512) Brewing, the largest draught-only, self-distributing microbrewery in the U.S. before COVID. 

Sara was previously in venture capital and management consulting in the Bay Area as well as in a variety of strategic and operational roles in large tech companies. Sara holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in green design and manufacturing from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UT Austin.




Maya French is a visionary entrepreneur and accomplished brand builder in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) sector, boasting a wealth of over a decade’s experience in the industry. Notably, she co-founded Koia, the nation’s leading plant protein beverage, which has achieved nationwide distribution across esteemed retailers including Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, Publix, and Walmart.

With a profound passion for innovation and a relentless drive for success, French has recently launched her second beverage Happypop Mood-Boosting Energy with the mission to empower people to live happier and healthier lives through happy and functional ingredients.



Dr. Feng is the CEO and cofounder of Huma.AI, a generative AI-powered insight engine for life sciences.  Under her leadership, the company build a GenAI platform around large language models to provide much-needed high accuracy and transparency for the healthcare and life science industry. Huma.AI’s insight engine automates data curation for Pharma and med device companies thereby accelerating the development of new medicines and saving patient lives.  Technology Thought Leader Gartner has named Huma.AI as a leading GenAI vendor in more than 20 of its Hype Cycle Reports, including those for AI, emerging technologies, and life sciences. Huma.AI is also part of the prestigious Pegasus program from Microsoft Start.

Dr. Feng spent over 20 years in precision medicine. Before founding Huma.AI, She worked at Novartis’ Oncology Business Unit, joining via its acquisition of Genoptix. Dr. Feng was hired by Genoptix to build a BioPharma division, growing sales from zero to $45M in five years and was instrumental to its acquisition by Novartis.  Dr. Feng holds a Ph.D. in Genetics, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Indiana University.  She did her postdoctoral research at University of California, San Diego.



Dr. Molly Morse, is the CEO/Co-Founder at, Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based, next generation biomanufacturing company. Mango Materials uses biology to make formulated pellets called YOPP/YOPP+ that are replacements for conventional plastics. YOPP+ is made by bacteria that are fed waste biogas methane and convert this potent greenhouse gas into high-value biodegradable materials. We believe waste facilities are the goldmines of the future and we are dedicated to building closed loop, cradle-to-cradle technologies in order to recycle carbon naturally and sustainably.

Molly received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering–with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry–from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Morse has contributed to multiple patents, publications and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to up-scale the biomanufacturing technology to produce biodegradable materials.



Eunice Ajim is the Founding Partner of Ajim Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to supporting the growth of Africa’s top tech startups. Eunice is a 2X founder and has made an impact with several successful angel investments. She is a true disruptor in the African VC space, frequently invited to high-profile conferences like SXSW, GITEX, LEAP, and Africa Fintech Summit. 

Eunice has received several accolades, including the Business Insider’s Serial Entrepreneur of the Year award, and has been featured in prominent publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg, and CNBC Africa. With her keen eye for identifying world-class African tech entrepreneurs and a passion for solving some of the continent’s most pressing problems, Eunice is a force to be reckoned with in venture capital.


Eller Kelliher

Eller Kelliher is the Chief Investment Officer for Launch Tennessee. In this role, Eller oversees all capital and equity programs for the organization including the $70M InvestTN Fund and IMPACT and INCITE portfolios. She leads the Capital team on investment strategy, due diligence, and capital deployment. Eller is a native Tennessean who grew up in Chattanooga. She moved to Nashville in 2015 to start a career in venture capital.

Eller spent seven years with Nashville-based early-stage healthcare fund, Jumpstart Health Investors, where she served as Managing Director of Jumpstart Foundry. In that capacity, Eller invested in over 100 pre-seed stage healthcare technology companies and helped advise founders in the areas of business operations, fundraising, go-to-market strategy, and team development.

Prior to joining Launch Tennessee, Eller served as Partner with  Atlanta-based SeedtoB Capital. She has experience as an independent consultant and adviser to startups and funds and serves on multiple portfolio company boards.


Lisa Song Sutton

Lisa Song Sutton

Lisa Song Sutton is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. With a background in business litigation, Lisa began her career working in a top Las Vegas law firm before launching and scaling several companies, taking them from $0 to millions in revenue, across various industries including real estate, food and shipping retail.

As the daughter of a USAF Vietnam War Veteran, Lisa is a strong advocate for the veteran community. She is currently a General Partner of The Veteran Fund, a $20M venture capital fund that invests in veteran-led companies.

In addition to her work in real estate and venture capital, Lisa is an experienced speaker, sharing her message of leadership, empowerment, and taking action with audiences from the TEDx stage to local schools, encouraging the private sector to become more involved in their communities.

Lisa was the first Miss Nevada of Asian descent and remains actively involved in her community, serving on the boards of StartUpNV, Nevada’s largest statewide business incubator, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Las Vegas chapter. She was recently recognized as Vegas Inc.’s 40 Under 40 and also serves on the board of the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

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Senior Director, Global Customer Engagement & Loyalty Marketing at Dell Technologies

Jude leads the Global Customer Engagement, Retention & Loyalty marketing team at Dell Technologies.  The team’s mission is to earn customer loyalty as an outcome of building long lasting, authentic relationships at every point throughout the customer lifecycle.  Jude brings nearly three decades of extensive corporate and consumer marketing experience to her role, including 20 years in Singapore leading Asia regional teams for Expedia Group, BBC Worldwide and Mercedes Benz. Originally from New Zealand, Jude has also held senior marketing roles at Television New Zealand and Auckland Museum.  She now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and a growing collection of cowgirl boots!


Kristen Nolte

Kristen Nolte (she/her) is the SVP of Media and Online Marketing at Dell Technologies.  She has spent the last 20+ years driving customer experiences across a selection of industries.   Kristen’s personal brand is anchored in marketing transformation and supporting diversity in the workplace, including placing women at the leadership table.  Kristen currently serves on the executive board of Dell PRIDE, Advisory Board at UT Austin, Executive Sponsor of DWEN at Dell, Advisory Board of Lesbians Who Tech and a member of the Women in Action ERG.   In addition, Kristen is a University of Texas Alumnae and previously represented Dell as a member of the UT Austin Kendra Scott WEL Institute Alumnae Advisory Board.  Kristen lives a little bit in Dripping Springs, TX with her wife, Jill and two adorable rescue pups.    



Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Beyond The Billion

Based in Washington DC, award-winning entrepreneur & investor Sarah Chen-Spellings is Co-Founder of Beyond The Billion (launched as The Billion Dollar Fund for Women), the world’s first and largest global consortium of over 100 venture funds and limited partner investors that have pledged to invest and are actively deploying beyond $1B towards women-founded companies. In under two years, the consortium has deployed $638M and counting into close to 800 female-founded companies, of which 14 have been recognized as unicorns. 

Previously, she was on the pioneer team of a corporate venture capital unit within a publicly traded Asian conglomerate, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Named Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and Forbes Under 30 VC, Chen-Spellings is a recognized speaker, strategist, and commentator on venture capital, startups, and women in leadership, having been featured on Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, Der Spiegel, United Nations, et al, and hosts a top global VC podcast Billion Dollar Moves backed by the Hubspot Podcast Network. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London.



Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Beyond The Billion

K. Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Beyond The Billion (launched as The Billion Dollar Fund for Women). She is also on the Advisory Board for Cornerstone Capital, Mindshift Capital, Different Funds and Global Invest Her. Ms. Porges also served as Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women, President of the North American Jury for Cartier Women’s Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. 

She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Ms. Porges co-founded six ventures including Porges/Hudson Marketing; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm. Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University.



Lizanne Atherly

Partner, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Based in Zurich, Lizanne is a family office and alternative investments leader with over 20 years in financial markets investing in both alternatives and early-stage technology start-ups primarily in Europe.

She has sourced, evaluated, and managed hedge funds and early and growth-stage technology investments; with previous stints at State Street and Henderson. She has also co-invested in early-stage technology startups alongside former C-suite-level technology executives, which delivered 6 strategic exits, 1 IPO, and 5 unicorns.

Lizanne has a proven track record in developing marketing and business development platforms for asset managers, wealth managers, and start-ups strategically positioning them for funding from an extensive smart capital network. Alongside the founders of Beyond The Billion, she drives strategic partnerships for the firm. She is a CFA charterholder and graduated from the Schulich School of Business.