Ita Ekpoudom


Ita’s mission is to engage, educate, and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors.

Ita Ekpoudom

AS THE FOUNDER & CEO of Tigress Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm she started in 2014, Ita tapped her considerable network to bring together visionary entrepreneurs with seasoned profesionals to help women scale their businesses and hone their leadership skills. Tigress Ventures hosted a monthly speakers series featuring thought leaders and industry experts, and provided private consultations with individual clients.

Prior to joining GingerBread Capital in 2018, Ita also served as Venture Partner at Plum Alley Investments, where she oversaw investment opportunities and pipeline for high-growth female-founded and gender-diverse startups.

Earlier in her career, Ita held product management roles at TravelClick and American Express. She began her career at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in Credit Capital Markets and then as an institutional trader of preferred stock.

Ita holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a certificate in Finance, from Princeton University.

In 2022, Ita was selected as a Kauffman Fellow. The prestigous, two-year program brings together emerging leaders in the global venture capital community for professional development, with the aim of producing the best investors in the world who deliver superior returns to LPs.

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    Ita led a fireside chat with uber-entrepreneur Jenny Just, one of the few self-made female billionaires in the US, at the All Raise Venture Summit in San Francisco on November 8, 2023.
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“Women are building high-growth companies. They are solving big, audacious problems. We are seeing acquisitions, IPOs, unicorns. It is no longer a question whether women can be successful founders.”

Ita Ekpoudom — Partner, GingerBread Capital