Empowering Women Founders and Funders with Ita Ekpoudoum
About Ita Ekpoudoum: “Ita's mission is to engage, educate, and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors. "
Ita is a Partner at venture capital firm GingerBread Capital, which backs high growth female founded companies. Her mission is to engage, educate, and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors. In 2014, Ita founded Tigress Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm that tapped her considerable network to bring together visionary entrepreneurs with seasoned professionals to help women scale their businesses and hone their leadership skills.
Ita also served as Venture Partner at Plum Alley Investments, where she oversaw investment opportunities and pipeline for high-growth female-founded and gender-diverse startups. Previously, Ita held product management roles at TravelClick and American Express. She began her career at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in Credit Capital Markets and an institutional trader of preferred stock.
Ita holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and earned a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Psychology, with a certificate in Finance, from Princeton University.
We had a very free flowing conversation in this She-VC interview from her journey from Goldman Sachs to joining Gingerbread. She spoke vividly about the latest landscape in the venture capital space as an LP and where she is investing through Gingerbread firm.