Every year in May Startup Grind hosts our #SGWomen Leaders Month - proudly recognising the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world. These women are founders, venture capitalists, engineers, executives and more, who represent our community. They are the women who exemplify profound leadership skills, hard-work, humility, and success and demonstrate their strength with devotion to the work they do everyday. They encourage and inspire us all!
Startup Grind’s #SGWomen launched five years ago and is about putting a heightened focus and an awareness on our everyday mission to create more inclusive communities. Never has Startup Grind’s mission been more potent than in the realm of entrepreneurship, startups, business, and representing women everywhere in the tech space.
Women-led tech companies received a mere $1.9 billion in funding (about two percent) last year. This figure may seem a large investment until it stands in comparison to the heaping $66.9 billion invested in companies with all-male founders. Black women received far less than one percent of all venture capital deals. Only nine percent of VC partners are women, some companies recently hiring their first female partners yet. Women are banning together and men are stepping up as allies to help improve these statistics and work toward changing the environment; but clearly we still have much work to do.
The good news is there are more female entrepreneurs today than ever before. The decision-making women in the world of venture capital are shaking things up for good. All Raise’s Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee was one of the first female VC’s to publicly recognise and speak out on the problem of unrecognized female leadership. Lee has made it her mission to work toward solving these inequities. All Raise was founded by 34 senior female investors and as a new non-profit organization it is dedicated to diversity in funders & founders. Many of these dynamic VC’s graced the cover as part of the 2018 Forbes Midas List. Also, all but two of them have spoken at a Startup Grind’s Global Conference, recognizing the best women and men in business.
We along with many other organizations and individuals are working to help reshape what the tech industry looks like. We have the power to encourage inclusive thinking within our organization - which spans 500 cities and 125 countries globally. We’re doing what we can to spread that message by modeling it.
One purpose of our May events is to tell the stories of the journey, the grind, and the setbacks of great female leaders. It is important that we recognise, listen to and encourage these women as we work toward building a more inclusive ecosystem. Anyone and everyone who believes in our mission to work toward change -- men and women alike -- should come out to our event in May!!!
You got a great Female Leadership story to tell yourself and feel you should actually be part of the panel? Guess what: We'd love you to!
If you would like to not only attend the event, but to actually be on stage, please send us a short e-mail including your name and current job position and of course: sharing your story. The most inspiring voice will speak up on May 29th! And we will also feature a number of stories and quotes via our social media channels in the upcoming weeks. Please send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org until May 15th.
"How to Turn The Numbers Around for Female Founders and Funders"
The questions, among others, we will discuss in our Panel:
- How and why the founders started their entrepreneurial career
- How they seek funding for their ideas
- How they overcome obstacles on their route to success
The panel consists of 2 female founders, a female VC, an industry expert of our Global Partner Google for Startups
and will be moderated by one of us. The ladies will share their 'why', personal stories, challenges, successes, tips and answer the burning questions about entrepreneurship from our audience.
Startup Grind’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect -- ultimately helping every entrepreneur in the world. We want to do the type of work we are proud of. We want to produce work that helps others, even if it's only in a small way.
We look forward to seeing you on May 29th in Berlin!
Founder & CBDO
Google for Startups
Startup Grind Berlin
Lina is Partner at Target Global, the international Venture Capital firm headquartered in Berlin, with €700m in AuM that invests in fast-growing online platforms, targeting trillion $ markets.
Lina joined Target Global in 2018 after having worked in product and monetization at ResearchGate, a company aiming to connect the world of science. Prior to ResearchGate, she was an investor at Hasso Plattner Ventures, a fund backed by the Chairman of SAP. Lina began her career as an entrepreneur operating two startups, one of which was acquired by Living Social.
Lina received her Masters in Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU School of Management in Germany, and a B.A. in Philosophy/ Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside.
Nóra is the Co-Founder and Chief Sales Executive of Meet Robin, an AI assisted Mental Health App, that helps you develop your relationship skills based on scientific research. MeetRobin delivers psychoeducation by playing the “Would you Rather” game, which helps the users to identify their relationship styles, and who they are compatible based on Attachment Theory. MeetRobin goes a step further and allows singles to match up with their most-compatible match once a day. Nóra is a multilingual, target-driven, ambitious business development manager and has gained experience in sales, project management as well as customer acquisition.
Anna is a Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at doctorly. Her main focus lies in developing partnerships and furthering the platform concept that defines the unique approach doctorly takes to practice management: enabling doctors to access a range of useful and innovative applications from within one single system.
Erin is the Program Manager at Google for Startups, supporting founders and startups through dedicated education, mentoring and connections. Originally from New Zealand, Erin has been at Google in Berlin since 2011, and joined Google for Startups last year after several years working in public policy. Google for Startups’ mission is to level the playing field for startup founders and communities to succeed, connecting them with the best of Google. In Germany, Erin and team set a clear focus on female founders, addressing the gender gap through research, events and programs.
Following several years working in the consulting, finance and investment industry, Mareike is now actively involved in the Venture Capital & Startup world in London & Berlin. She loves building strong and long-lasting relationships with a community of founders, investors and ecosystem players and has been running the Berlin Chapter of Startup Grind since 2018.