Wednesday, June 21, 2017|2 a.m.
Women in Las Vegas’ innovation sector were honored this month at the fourth-annual Las Vegas Women in Innovation Awards at Fresh Wata.
Ruth Hedges, ceo and founder of TheGCCWorld.com and executive producer of the Worldwide Crowdfunding Convention, was honored as High-Tech Woman of the Year, the evening’s leading award.
The award came as a surprise to Hedges, who participated in the ceremony with her child, who happened to be in the area that day.
“I was surprised … This was not prepared and I didn’t have a speech ready or anything,” Hedges said. “All of a sudden they announced it and stated it was equivalent to the best picture of the year at the Academy Awards, and after that there was my picture on the screen.”
Operating in the software application market considering that the early dot-com days, Hedges has focused on crowdfunding for the past few years. She even assisted pass an expense through Congress that assists in securities-based crowdfunding.
“I constructed a piece of innovation called Crowdfunding CRM, which is a marketing automation system, a social networks platform and a crowdfund preparation tool,” Hedges said. “When you want to put together a crowdfunding project, it walks you through the best ways to do that through a virtual vault and a preparation tool.”
Crowdfunding CRM allows users to save all their content for when they’re ready to go to a Kickstarter or equity platform. Whatever is there and prepared to go to begin raising cash for their task.
Hedges is planning the next edition of the yearly Worldwide Crowdfunding Convention at Planet Hollywood in October.
“This is a gathering of the very best crowdfunding market leaders who have helped construct this market to $16 billion in 2015,” she said. “We put on this convention to educate individuals, since the typical individual doesn’t understand anything about the market … and we’re trying to get more of that loan to come to Vegas. There are lots of business here who know nothing about this who are attempting to raise capital.”
Hedges was happy to among the females honored at the ceremony.
“It was really inspirational to see all these females there,” she stated. “We need to continue to grow in this and broaden these programs and collect more women in innovation. We have to end up being a destination for females to come here and set up their innovation business.”
Other award winners included:
State-of-the-art Business owner, Shannon Wilkinson, president and co-founder of Axiom Cyber Solutions.
High-Tech Coach, Cent Grandon, senior manager of MTC Operations at Cox Communications– Southwest Area.
High-Tech Social work, Sonia Petkewich, creator and CEO of Taurean Consulting Group.
High-Tech Rising Star, Heather Parks, CEO and Principal Consultant at Healliam Inc.
. Twelve local female high school students likewise took home National Center for Women and Infotech (NCWIT) Goals in Computing Program awards.