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Leaders Of Transformation

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Every week our host Nicole Jansen interviews business leaders and difference makers who are transforming the world with their strengths, passion and expertise. Tune in weekly to hear inspiring stories of transformation, overcoming obstacles, and global impact.

From freeing women and children from the sex trafficking industry, to transforming the way we do business and interact with others, these leaders of transformation will inspire and equip you to be the difference maker and world changer you were born to be.

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Feb 21, 2022

What do women need to know to succeed at the game of business?

Sarah Dusek is a female entrepreneur who sold her company Under Canvas in 2017 for over $100M. In that same year, Under Canvas received a spot on the coveted Inc. 5000 list, and Sarah was named to Ernst & Young’s EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women list.

After recognizing that women entrepreneurs receive only 2% of all available funding each year in the US, Sarah became a partner at Enygma Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on investing in women-led businesses in Africa, the US and Europe. They have now invested tens of millions of dollars in 20+ companies.

Sarah also offers online courses for early-stage entrepreneurs (hosted at Over the past year, five thousand entrepreneurs have gone through her programs to become investor-ready and learn how to build valuable companies.

She is a regular contributor to, The Telegraph, and TRT World. She is also chairwoman of the Women’s Giving Circle for The Global Good Fund, a social entrepreneurship leadership development program, and sits on the board of ten (and rising) startup companies in Southern Africa, as well as Under Canvas.

In this episode, we explore the lessons she learned scaling her company from zero and selling it for $100M+, the importance of capital as a tool advancing women and equality, and the keys to accessing venture capital as a female entrepreneur committed to serving the greater good.

What We Discuss with Sarah Dusek in This Episode

  • Choosing the right vehicle for driving innovation and change
  • Using money and wealth to make a positive impact
  • What women need to know about raising capital
  • Disrupting the status quo in the VC space
  • Women learning the language of venture capital
  • Pioneering the glamping industry
  • Building Under Canvas to a $100m sale
  • Turning a brilliant idea into a viable business
  • Determining your product market fit
  • The two sides of venture capitalism
  • Doing venture capitalism better

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