Shattering Ceilings: Women in Tech and Venture Capital with Vera Futorjanski

Jun 25, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

From an Ecosystem Architect to a Global Trailblazer: Vera's shares her Ten-Plus Years Journey of Innovation across Europe and the Middle East as a Woman navigating the Tech and Venture Capital ecosystems.

Virtual event
Fireside ChatSGWomen

About this event

Breaking Barriers: Women in Tech and Venture Capital

Key Discussion Points:

Current State of Gender Diversity in Tech and Venture Capital

During this virtual fireside chat with Vera Futorjanski, Sameer will introduce Vera and start by providing an overview of the latest statistics and trends concerning gender diversity in the Tech & VC fields. We'll look at areas where we've seen improvement and places where significant disparities still exist.

Impact of Diversity on Innovation

We'll explore how diversity directly influences innovation and the performance of companies. It's crucial to understand the value that varied perspectives bring to the table.

Vera's Personal Experiences and Challenges

Vera will share her personal journey and the unique challenges she has faced as a woman in tech and venture capital. From dealing with biases to overcoming networking hurdles, she will discuss the obstacles that often come her way and the lessons learned in navigating them.

Strategies for Fostering Greater Inclusion and Support

Vera will also offer practical advice for other women aiming to enter and excel in these industries. She will highlight effective initiatives and programs that support women, discuss the importance of mentorship, sponsorship, and a supportive community, with her own Beyond Global Community initiative, and examine actionable steps that companies and investors can take to foster inclusive environments.

Future Outlook and Call to Action

Lastly, Vera will share her vision for the future roles of women in tech and venture capital by defining key actions that both individuals and organizations can undertake to promote gender diversity to engage, advocate, and help build a more inclusive industry.

About Vera Futorjanski:

Vera is a seasoned foresight strategist, innovator, and investor with over a decade of experience in building entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Middle East. Starting at Rocket Internet, she founded a successful venture in the UAE, mastering investor relations and fundraising. At the Dubai Future Foundation, she led global multi-stakeholder engagements, driving Dubai’s shift to a knowledge-based economy. As Innovation Director at 500 Global, she forged strong ties with Venture Capital and Sovereign Wealth Funds, launching Saudi Arabia’s first international accelerator. Now, Vera leads her innovation advisory firm, offering strategic insights. Fluent in five languages, she has lived in 10 countries. In her first career she was a professional Argentine Tango dancer, followed by Political Science studies at the London School of Economics and a few years as a consultant in the European Union.

Vera also sits on various boards, mentors at international accelerators across the world, and is a regular speaker and moderator at global events including the World Economic Forum.


  • Vera Futorjanski

    Veritas Ventures

    Founder & CEO


  • Sameer Sortur

    SquareCircle Ventures

    Managing Partner


  • Cristina Najera

    Najera Ventures

    Chapter Director

  • Sameer Sortur

    SquareCircle Ventures

    Chapter Co-director

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