Meet The Team
Storyboard Ventures & I Am Tomorrow
Few weeks back in a conversation with two super talented women, I realised how difficult it is to raise funding as a filmmaker and how very few women make it to the larger canvas and showcase their work. However there are many incredible women out there who want to tell powerful stories, creating beautiful products, making incredible music and art!
So Storyboard Ventures is born from the roadblocks some of my filmmaker friends have faced and we all together quickly decided to build a powerful platform where women can pitch their scripts without even having to meet or scout for the producers or spend hours or weeks or months in uncertainty. All you gotto do is apply for the funding when we announce our programs. In our pilot program we'd be funding 10 filmmakers who are making short films that are budgeted upto 1200 euros and the applications are open now!
Coming from engineering background and having built tech and social impact ventures over the last two decades and having travelled to 102 countries so far, I have unbelievable stories to tell and thought of making films myself at some point. However, I'm more excited to grow Storyboard Ventures into a full fledged fund and an ecosystem that supports and accelerates women in arts than making my own films.
Adviser | Scripts & Film Festivals
Filmmaker | Founder @ Elba Film Festival
Nora Jaenicke is an award winning filmmaker residing between Cambridge and New York City. She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School.
Her feature length screenplays placed in several Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals. Her short films have screened at 45+ Festivals and won 30+ Awards. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Elba Film Festival and Nostos Screenwriting Retreat, a script development lab in Tuscany.
Adviser | Investments & Global Outreach
Founder - Thousand Faces
Born in Iran and based in Paris, Moojan Asghari is a serial entrepreneur, public speaker, technologist, activist, and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Moojan has founded the global nonprofit Women in AI, an organization across +150 countries with +12,000 members worldwide, to encourage women to take part in the field of Artificial Intelligence and embrace the opportunities of this technology.
She is the founder of Thousand Faces, a Web3-based exclusive investment club to finance female-led projects with strong SDG impact. With over 3000 community members, Thousand Faces is on the mission to democratize funding for the underfunded through a DAO structure to bring more inclusion and diversity to the VC funding for women and minorities.
She hosts the Thousand Voices Podcast, where she interviews top female leaders across the globe to share their inspiring stories. She has served on the advisory board of ARCEP, UNESCO, Greentech Alliance, and the European Parliament on the Future of Technologies Gender Diversity and Inclusion.
She co-chaired the Gender Committee at AI4EU, a European Commission-funded project. Moojan has spoken at over 100 events with over 10K+ attendees on five continents. She is fluent in English, French, and Persian. Moojan was ranked as Europe's Top 100 most influential Women in Startups and VC by EU-Startups, World’s Most Influential Artificial Intelligence Leaders by Blue Yonder, and 115 most inspiring Women of Web3 and Metaverse by Unstoppable WOW3.
Moojan has a bachelor's in Industrial Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, and a double degree in Master's in Management and MSC in Corporate Finance and Banking from EDHEC Business School in France.
Adviser | Personal Branding & Entrepreneurship
Lara Roxana Popa
Founder - Teyxo | Actress & Screenwriter
From early childhood play helps us to learn and to develop and leads us to use our creative imaginations. As artists we play all our lives and I’ve expressed my creativity in acting and writing. I’ve been acting since high-school at The State Theater from Galati, my hometown in Romania.
After finishing the Faculty of Arts in Bucharest, I played the lead in LUV by Murray Schisgal at an independent theater and later on I toured Romania with a beautiful children’s play. But I was so drawn by the moving pictures, like a lost flapper of the 20s, that I teamed up with Olimpia S. Mustata and made my first feature film as a leading lady and as a screenwriter, Innocent Temptations, produced by Columna Cinema in 2016.
I worked as a writer and screenwriter at Compas Studio for one year between 2012-2013, being part of the “We also have superheroes” national campaign. I am also a published author, having co-authored The Thoughts of a Heart Bearer, a photo book by Mihai Tutu, published in 2014 and also co-authored Today’s romantics, published in 2004.
I’ve worked as an acting trainer and one of the most worthwhile experiences I had so far was as a drama therapist at a center in Bucharest for people with mental problems. I worked with a group of hugely talented people for over two years, creating two theater shows with them, Metamorphosis and Marzon’s Anniversary, which I also wrote.
I’ve studied with some of the greatest professionals in Romania and I’ve been involved in numerous acting workshops such as the one run by David Zinder, which is based on the Michael Chekhov technique, Milan Sladek’s workshop on pantomime or Claire Heggen’s workshop on the Movement Theater.
I've also been part of the LINK International Film Festival and I was honoured to jury so many amazing films and great talents from all over the world. It was a pleasure to watch so many astounding filmmakers at the beginning of the road and I look forward to meet so many more :)