Honoree - Kay Koplovitz
Chairman, Co-founder of Springboard Enterprises,
Managing Partner, Springboard Growth Capital
Founder and former CEO of USA Networks and Sci-Fi Channel
Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Networks, Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi Channel), and the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams: licensing and advertising. She is also the first woman network president in television history. Since 2000, Kay has served as Chairman, Co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, where under her leadership, the venture-catalyst accelerator has been bringing women founders leading transformational businesses to full parity in raising capital. The value of Springboard Enterprises has been validated by a strong 17-year track record that includes $8 billion in capital raised with 170 exits and 15 IPOs. In 2016, she co-founded Springboard Growth Capital to bring growth stage investments to technology and life sciences companies emerging from the Springboard Enterprises ecosystem. Kay currently serves on corporate boards of CA Technologies, Time Inc., and ION Media Networks and Trustee to The Tennis Hall of Fame and The Paley Center, and the College of Letters and Science here at UW-Madison. The Wisconsin Alumni Association honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.
About Springboard Enterprises
Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where influencers, investors and innovators meet to help women build “big businesses starting small.” Springboard sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led growth companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion.
674 women-led companies have participated in Springboard's accelerator programs; raising over $7.8 billion, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and generating billions of dollars in annual revenues. More than 81% of Springboard companies are still in business as independent or merged entities, including 15 IPOs and many that are the technology engines of publicly traded companies.