Cofounder & CEO
Sesame Solar Inc.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Lauren Flanagan is an early SaaS pioneer who worked with Steve Jobs at NeXT and Apple as a leading independent software developer. She later co-founded the BELLE Capital USA funds and has invested in more than 40 companies, majority of which are women-led. A frequent speaker, Lauren serves on several boards, including Springboard Enterprises, the leading catalyst for scaling women-led tech companies.

After witnessing the increasing frequency and devastation of extreme weather events, she was inspired to start her 5th company, Sesame Solar, the maker of the world’s first 100% renewably-powered Mobile Nanogrids with Solutions Inside. Using solar and green hydrogen, Sesame Solar’s Mobile Nanogrids generate clean, off-grid power and can be quickly deployed to provide power, communications and clean water to communities impacted by a disaster. Sesame Solar Nanogrids come ready-to-use to meet essential services and emergency response needs across a variety of scenarios, and most importantly, they are 100% fossil fuel-free. One person can setup them up in 15 minutes. Michigan-based Sesame Solar is backed by Morgan Stanley, VSC Ventures, PAX Angels and BELLE Capital.

Summits Attended: 2015 NY, 2019 SF, 2022 SF

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.