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She Leads Week 5 | Start Up Funding & X Scale


4:00 pm


5:00 pm

She Leads Week 5 | Start Up Funding & X Scale

Our next session welcomes Padmini Gupta (CEO of Rise and Xare) where she takes us through the processes of raising funds for your startup and the best practices for finding and pitching to investors. Padmini is a pioneer in brining financial products to women and minority led businesses. As a mentor and advisor for several startups, Padmini harnesses her financial expertise to create a more equitable future.



    Lorenzo Jooris

    Lorenzo Jooris

    CEO, Creative Zone

    Lorenzo Jooris is the CEO of Creative Zone, Dubai’s leading business advisory firm. Jooris holds extensive and diverse experience in the Middle Eastern and South Asian business markets and retains an expert opinion on the regions’ SMEs and startup culture. He was the founder of One World Communications, a full-fledged multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies. He, later on, started LEADERS Middle East Magazine in the UAE and formulated ‘Leaders without Borders’ an initiative that promotes young social entrepreneurs’ development and Power Women of Arabia Debate. In 2018, he joined Arton Capital as the Vice President of global growth and strategy where he oversaw the international expansion of the company and was in charge of sales, marketing and events worldwide. Lorenzo is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and within Creative Zone he has spearheaded significant initiatives to help and support promising startups and entrepreneurs. He is also the author of “Recipes for a Better World” and serves as an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.


    Padmini Gupta

    CEO, Rise

    Padmini Gupta is an award-winning banker and a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, who is now re-imagining financial services for 250 million migrants worldwide and the billion people who depend on them. Padmini started her career in banking in the 1990’s in California, where she was running a $200 million+ portfolio in commercial banking. She was one of the early pioneers in bringing financial products to women and minority led businesses and was twice awarded by the US Small Business Administration. She also sat on the Banker’s board of Accion, and was a part of the San Diego City Redevelopment task force. She left a lucrative banking career to pursue an MBA at Oxford and joined the World Economic Forum as a Global Leadership Fellow, working with global public and private sector leaders on topics of urban mobility, smart cities and climate change. She was also a distinguished member of the World Affairs Council, leading discussions with international experts around key global issues. A passionate advocate for society’s ignored voices, Padmini has always been a strong proponent for the importance of financial independence and co-founded Rise in 2016, as a way to harness her financial expertise with her desire for global impact. Padmini continues to be a mentor and advisor for several startups and plays an active role in supporting women entrepreneurs through her involvement at Dubai Business Women Council, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (SHERAA) and others. As a global citizen who has lived and worked in more than 10 countries, she brings a unique understanding and passion to redefining migrant banking and helping a billion people build a better, a more equitable and a more sustainable future.

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