Q & A with Cayla Weisberg
Cayla is the Co-Founder of InvestHER, an early stage investment firm that partners with and invests in female entrepreneurs. We are thrilled to honor her with an Ally Award for her work.
Q: What inspired you to become a champion of Women Power?
A: My lifetime passion has been around inspiring women in my community, but, in 2012 when I left corporate america to join a tech startup, my mission began to narrow. In my three years running business development for two companies located at a venture capital incubator, I noticed the gender disparity of CEOs within the investment portfolio. When I met my business partner in 2015, we began to make a dent in uncovering the real issues, discovering that it is much harder for women to secure capital for their businesses than men. Our goal from thereafter was to not just talk about the issues female entrepreneurs face, rather, take action by providing capital and resources. We launched InvestHER Ventures in April 2015: the first venture capital fund in Chicago to invest in only women-led tech companies.
Q: What do you love about what you do?
A: Growing and nurturing our brand organically by giving back to the female entrepreneurial community. The support, time and devotion we dedicate to women and their businesses has been the most rewarding personal and professional experiences of my life.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?
A: Having a hand in solving the gender gap for women in tech.
We’ve already made a huge dent in Chicago, but there is still so much work to be done to make a greater impact. In 2016, we met with over 200 female tech founders and made eight investments since our launch last April. Our plan is to continue to invest in new startups, but also help our current companies grow and work on bigger issues like getting strong, competent women board of director seats within our portfolio companies.
Q: Why do you support liftUPlift?
A: So many synergies here! I have a genuine desire to help women prosper and enjoy success, so supporting liftUPlift is only natural.