Creating Waves for Women

jmeyerJennifer Meyer Helps Women Entrepreneurs to Realize Their Dreams

by Liza Long, photo by Jim Peterson

Women are enjoying tremendous gains in a variety of careers. But women entrepreneurs and the investors who fund them are still under-represented in society. In fact, a 2010 report from the American Enterprise Institute found that women are 60% less likely to start their own businesses than men.

One Eagle woman wants to change that. Jennifer Meyer, wife, mother, and MBA, has spent her career in industries typically dominated by men. Now, as Chief Operations Officer of VentureCapital. Org, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to take their big ideas to the next level by connecting them with investors, Meyer is passionate about helping business owners of both genders obtain the financing they need to grow their companies.

I sat down with Meyer in her office in the Zion’s Bank building in downtown Boise to discuss her work with The nonprofit organization was started 30 years ago in Utah to address the disconnect between entrepreneurs and capital investments. Scott Anderson, president of Zion’s Bank, has been a strong supporter of the organization and wanted to bring it to Idaho. “Traditional financing doesn’t work for most entrepreneurs because they don’t understand the finance world,” Meyer told me. “Our mission is to connect those two worlds, to educate entrepreneurs in how to speak the language of finance so that they can make an effective pitch and get the funding they need.”

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This story was originally published on Eagle Magazine.

2017-05-23T11:36:46+00:00 September 7th, 2016|

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The Wayne Brown Institute was founded by the late Dr. Wayne Brown in 1983. Dr. Brown held positions in mechanical engineering and served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. In addition to his academic postings, he was a founder of Kenway Engineering (HK Systems), TerraTek, NPI (Agridyne Technologies), the Utah Innovation Center (the world’s first venture accelerator/incubator) and Utah Ventures (now Pelion Partners, Utah’s first and largest venture fund). By virtue of his academic, government, and business background, Dr. Brown was a leading authority in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Many of the world’s science/research parks, innovation centers, and incubators have their roots with Dr. Brown. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has affected the role of government in innovation and entrepreneurship as the architect with Roland Tibbitts of the national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Later, as head of the State’s Science Council he spearheaded legislation to create the Utah Technology Finance Corporation (UTFC, now Innoventures), and Utah’s Centers of Excellence program. He successfully negotiated with the U. S. government to obtain military land for the establishment of the University of Utah’s Research Park, and key in the establishment of the USU Research Park and Timpanogos technology Park in Orem (Novell campus). His knowledge, experience and passion live on in the Wayne Brown Institute, its staff, its investor-led Board, and its countless supporters.