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Kathryn Stewart: A Personalized Approach to Investing

Sep 19, 2017
Entrepreneurial Spirit


The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship produces Bootstrapped, a podcast featuring founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs. The podcast is hosted by Elana Fine, Managing Director of the Dingman Center, and Joe Bailey, Associate Research Professor at the Smith School. Each episode brings a different startup story to life with special guests offering advice and lessons learned on topics that range from fundraising and marketing to team formation and customer acquisition.

On this episode of Bootstrapped, we interviewed Kathryn Stewart, an investor in private and public equity and a member of the Dingman Center Angels and Board of Advisors. After spending 10 years working as a partner at Alex.Brown covering healthcare and technology, Kathryn wanted to give back and help others by creating jobs, so she started to invest in companies that utilized technology in order to make an impact. In this episode, Kathryn discusses her personalized approach to how she invests in entrepreneurs, and reveals the attributes a startup needs to draw angel investors.

Kathryn Stewart serves on the Robert H. Smith School of Business Advisory Board at the University of Maryland. In addition, she is on the Dingman Board of Advisors at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and in March 2017, she was a featured panelist at the Dingman Center’s Ladies First: Becoming a Savvy Startup Investor event, designed to encourage professional women to learn the ins and outs of angel investing. She is active with Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Pennsylvania and is a committee member of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory-Tech Commercialization Panel. She also is a Trustee of the Maryland/DC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. She is a past Board Member at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, where she currently sits on the Finance and Investment Committee.

To listen to this episode and gain further insights into the startup world, subscribe to Dingman Bootstrapped on iTunes or download the episodes on the Dingman Center website.

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.