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Plum Alley

A former Wall Street investment banker, Deborah Buresh Jackson, ʼ80BUS, concentrates her efforts now as an entrepreneur herself and on building female achievement through entrepreneurship.  Ms. Jackson is truly a key driver in the entrepreneurship community and a champion of women entrepreneurs.  She is a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investing network, and the Founder and CEO of Plum Alley an online site which connects women entrepreneurs with capital, markets and advice.

You’ll also find Ms. Jackson’s bio among the founders list on the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator website.  WIM is the first startup accelerator to focus its investment strategy on mobile-first female led startup ventures.

“Plum Alley came about because I saw that women were creating amazing products and companies and they weren’t getting sufficient publicity or attention for their outstanding contributions.” says Ms. Jackson. “There is so much commentary that women aren’t in tech, women don’t take risks. I just didn’t see that at all and I felt there needed to be a dedicated site and voice championing women’s innovations and success.”

Ms. Jackson has served as a judge for numerous competitions including Startup Weekend, Technovation, Columbia Social Entrepreneurs,, Columbia Business Odyssey and Women 2.0.

Ms. Jackson has been vastly recognized: Fast Company, League of Extraordinary Women, August 2012; Forbes, Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs, August 2012; Columbia Venture Community CVC 30 list, November 2011; Mashable 44 Female Founders to Know, August 2012; and 35 Women to Watch in 2013 nominated and selected by industry leaders.

From the whole entrepreneurship community — but especially the women — Columbia Entrepreneurship is pleased to salute Ms. Deborah Jackson.

Deborah Jackson