Kay Koplovitz, managing partner at Springboard Growth Capital, chairman of Springboard Enterprises, and founding and former CEO of USA Networks will get the week's activities underway with a presentation sponsored by EPB Fiber Optics. The sponsors bringing Koplovitz to Chattanooga are Mike and Meg Aiken, Chambliss Startup Group, and Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough.
The first woman ever to head a television network, Kay Koplovitz is the founder and former CEO of USA Networks. She is credited for creating the business model for cable television networks that changed the course of television history.
In addition to her work with USA Networks, since 2000 Koplovitz has led Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit accelerator that has trained 627 women-led companies in technology and life sciences to raise capital, as founder and chairman. More than $7.2 billion has been invested in the companies, and to date the portfolio has had over 160 exits including 15 IPOs. Earlier this year, Koplovitz co-founded Springboard Growth Capital to invest in Springboard Alumnae companies, leveraging the strong brand, deep entrepreneur relationships, and extensive mentor network built by Springboard Enterprises' over 16 years.