Fireside Chat with Judith Erwin, Founder & CEO of Grasshopper Bank

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

12:00 PM To 1:00 PM

Online: USA - EDT - UTC-4

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Event Description

Meet the woman who founded the first digital business bank in the U.S

Join SoGal Foundation in conversation with Judith Erwin, the Founder and CEO of Grasshopper Bank, a digital bank serving founders, their companies, and the investors supporting them across the innovation economy.

In this intimate chat, learn how Judith:

– Founded the first digital business bank in the U.S.

– Survived several economic downturns, including COVID19

– Raised $130M from investors including Patriot Financial and T. Rowe Price Associates

Moderated by SoGal DC Chapter Lead and Emerging Technology Incubation Manager at Deloitte, Chelsea Hart.

Meet Judith

Judith Erwin is the founding CEO of Grasshopper Bank, the first digital business bank in the United States.

Judith was on the founding executive team for Square 1 Bank in 2005, responsible for venture capital services globally. Square 1 successfully went public in 2014 and was later sold to Pacific Western Bank. She previously worked at Imperial and Comerica.

After 35 years in banking, Judith knew it was the time to make significant changes in the commercial banking industry. Her strategy was to build a bank from scratch providing a modern banking platform, intuitive user experience and proactive support to help founders and their companies scale and succeed. Grasshopper Bank opened its doors on May 13, 2019 becoming the first US digital commercial bank, first new bank in NY in ten years, and first de novo with a female CEO and female CFO.

Meet Chelsea

In addition to leading SoGal Foundation’s DC Chapter, Chelsea is an Emerging Tech Incubation Manager at Deloitte where she leads scouting and go to market opportunities with startups in Blockchain, 5G, and Quantum Computing. Chelsea is passionate about creating a more diverse innovation ecosystem and advises early stage founders.



About the Organizers

SoGal Foundation is the largest global platform for diverse entrepreneurs and investors that provides resources, education and community for a 100K+ person network with chapters in 40+ cities across 5 continents around the world. We are built by an inspiring and fearless group of visionaries and executors, and have been featured in Forbes, Inc, Fortune, WSJ, and more. SoGal’s non-profit mission is to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship. SoGal is a champion for diversity & inclusion, and aims serve members from ALL backgrounds, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in entrepreneurship. All genders are welcome.----------------- SoGal does not tolerate harassment or offensive behavior at our events or on social media. We are committed to facilitating a welcoming environment for all participants, members, and attendees, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, or religion. We have a zero tolerance policy; any failure to comply with this policy will result in immediate banishment from SoGal events and initiatives. Thank you for cooperation.  By attending a SoGal Foundation event, you are entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by SoGal and its representatives. You release SoGal Foundation, its employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or audio recordings, and you waive all rights to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use of these materials. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by SoGal or the person or entity designated to do so by SoGal. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

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