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BridgingTheGap to Her​

For female founders and young women in business

BridgingTheGap to Her Forums brings the next generation perspective to gender dialogues–exploring the challenges and opportunities–for young women to build successful careers and lead innovation in the rapidly changing marketplace. Programming is designed to connect emerging female founders and young career women with influential executive mentors and impact investors.

Attendees with business ventures are given an opportunity to apply for one-on-one business meetings and participate in our live pitch challenge to win cash investment from our presenting sponsors. 

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BridgingTheGap to Youth

For young leaders under the age of 30

BridgingTheGap to Youth Forums connect young leaders with high-profile decision makers—from business, community and government sectors—to bridge opportunity gaps. Programming is designed to prepare young talent for the future of jobs and foster youth-led innovation to solve community challenges.

Attendees have the unique opportunity to participate in mastermind sessions with executive mentors and policy makers to co-create solutions to pressing issues including: mental health, gender equality, future skills education, climate change and youth employment.


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We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming 2019 forums. First round closes December 28, 2019.

We can be one of the people that take action and not stand on the sidelines. Kelly Lovell [Founder of BridgingTheGap Forums] shares how youth entrepreneurship is beneficial to international development.

- United Nations Foundation (quoted from the President's Youth Dialogue)

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For Emerging Entrepreneurs

  1. Discover and contribute to initiatives with brand partners that address social challenges that are important to you.
  2. Work directly with influential decision makers and industry experts to bridge opportunity gaps and create projects of impact.
  3. Spotlight your current projects to potential brand partners and impact investors–including the opportunity to pitch for cash investment and one-on-one business meetings.
  4. Walk away with a strengthened network of executive mentors, community partners and peer leaders that believe in your passions and are invested in helping you succeed.
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FOr young professionals

  1. Connect with potential employers and learn about their career opportunities directly from C-suite and management executives who make the decisions. 
  2. Advance your career and participate in Mentor Chats with influential executive leaders to discuss your challenges, ideas and get candid advice on how to accelerate your goals.
  3. Strengthen your professional network and walk away with the industry knowledge, career support and personal development tools you need to differentiate in the job market.

“Our emerging entrepreneurs left with a better sense of the hard work and great rewards that they can achieve.
Those who heard Lovell's talk told me that they ‘felt excited by the possibilities’ and motivated to put their ideas into action.”

- Nelson, Co-Chair, 3-Day Start-Up

I attended your workshop about entrepreneurship and giving an elevator pitch, and that entire conference changed my life. A year later, I started my own business and pursued my passion, like I remembered you saying in your workshop. This definitely made a difference in my life.

- Lauren C., Young Entrepreneur