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Penn Momentum

Announcing Momentum 2020: The Power of Penn Women, a three-day conference on October 2-4, 2020, celebrating the power of Penn women. Dr. Gutmann and honorary chair Andrea Mitchell invite you to join us on campus as alumnae of all backgrounds and generations gather to learn, connect, and share how we are making an impact in our communities and the world. 

We sincerely appreciate all of the Penn alumnae who have given their time to this project, which is truly one from the heart. #powerofpennwomen #momentum2020

Jan 13, 2020

Sapna Shah C93, W93, is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes angel and early-stage seed investments in retail tech, fashion tech and e-commerce startups. Select investments include: The Wing, Stantt,
Findmine, Swoonery, Dough, Modalyst, Monica + Andy and Iterate Studio.

Sapna is also the founder of Retail X Series, a retail startup boot camp program for pre-seed stage founders who are revolutionizing the future of retail. Retail X holds monthly events with experts covering topics from customer acquisition, to financial modeling, to seed stage fundraising, targeted specifically to early stage B2B and DTC retail founders.

Sapna advises start-ups and judges in the startup competitions at the Wharton School, NYU Stern and Columbia Business School. She has also mentored at a number of New York-based accelerators including Friends of eBay, Grand Central Tech, Monarq, XRC Labs, New York Fashion Tech Lab and Trendseeder. Sapna has also served on the Board of Directors of New York Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the world.

Previously, Sapna co-founded and led Retail Eye Partners, a successful independent Wall Street equity research firm. At Retail Eye, Sapna assessed the monthly and quarterly performance of major retailers in the specialty, big box and department store sectors through intensive channel checks and analysis. Sapna also co-founded and launched a
menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap, and led the Marketing and Web Development areas of the company. Prior to Retail Eye Partners, Sapna was Executive Director of Strategy and Customer Insight at Linens & Things, Inc., responsible for customer targeting and segmentation, market and consumer research, corporate
strategic planning, new business rollouts and competitive benchmarking. Prior to Linens & Things, Sapna was Director of Strategic Planning &; New Business Development at Ann Taylor, where she worked on launching Ann Taylor’s e-commerce site, developing a color cosmetics line, visioning the store of the future and improving store operations. Sapna also has experience at Gap, Inc. Previous to her career in retail, Sapna worked in investment banking at Punk, Ziegel &; Knoell and at Morgan Stanley as a credit

Sapna received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. She is a member of the Women’s
Forum of New York.