Tipping the Scales - How The Helm is Using SPVs to Build the Next Generation of Women Investors

The Helm CEO Lindsey Taylor Wood and Assure CEO Jeremy Neilson will get together for a virtual fireside chat to discuss the convergence of innovation in the democratization of private investing. They will discuss strategies and tools that enable more access to private investing, specifically enabling a new generation of women investors and founders.

Topics for Discussion include:
  • - Origin story of The Helm - How to Invest in More Women-founded companies and Change Who is at the Investment Table
  • - Why The Helm Launched a Small Fund with Lower Investment Minimums to Become More Accessible
  • - Why an Angel Syndicate as an Entry Point for Women to Use Capital to Invest
  • - Why We Need More Women Angels to Have More Fortune 500 Women CEOs


September 22nd, 10 am MST, 12 pm EST

This will be a 1-hour program, including 15 minutes for Q&A during the live session. 

Featured Guest Speakers

LTW_JT                                                      Lindsey Taylor Wood, The Helm CEO                                           Jeremy Neilson, Assure Co-Founder & CEO

Lindsey Taylor Wood

Over the last decade, Lindsey has built and run two companies and The Helm’s first fund. A proven operator and investor, she has invested in some of the country’s best women-led companies.   An expert in the empowerment of girls and women, prior to The Helm, Lindsey founded LTW, an impact studio with an emphasis on contemporary feminism. Clients include actor Matt McGorry, MAKERS, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, The Harnisch Foundation, Women Moving Millions, and filmmakers Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus, and Rashida Jones, among others.  Prior to consulting, Lindsey was on the founding team of  Catapult , a crowdfunding platform for girls and women. Having spent 15+ years in the gender equality movement, her ability to found, build, and introduce new funding products with a gender lens has made her a sought-after strategist in the women’s rights movement.


Jeremy Neilson

Jeremy Neilson, an Inc. 5000 entrepreneur, is a founder and a co-CEO of Assure. Prior to Assure, Mr. Neilson launched and managed Utah’s $300M private equity program, the Utah Fund of Funds, which invested in 28 funds and across most of the private equity spectrum. Before the Utah Fund of Funds, Jeremy was an associate with the University Venture Fund where he spent time working closely with local and national venture capitalists on company due diligence. Jeremy has served as a venture capital fund advisory board member and investment committee member for various foundations.



Partner Highlights


 Screen Shot 2021-09-15 at 12.13.32 PM. The HELM is seizing the arbitrage opportunity to realize significant social and financial returns by investing in and supporting female-founded companies. They invest in founders who take a broad view of the needs of the world and are using technology to create novel, enduring solutions to difficult problems.


Screen Shot 2021-09-15 at 12.13.32 PMThe Helm is a generalist seed-stage fund investing in companies with at least one female founder. They invest primarily in the late seed stage, which is defined as post-product, meaning the minimum viable product for the company has already been created and exists in the market. The HELM is looking to see early traction to validate product market fit.


Screen Shot 2021-09-15 at 12.13.32 PM The HELM is committed to ensuring that the work they do, the women they invest in, and the stories they tell, are representative of the world we live in. Of the 11 companies The HELM has invested in, 71% of the total number of founders were women-identifying. And of those founders, 52% were founders of color.