Women are still highly underrepresented in the startup sector with a share of around 20% – looking at science and tech-based startups the share is even 10% female founders.
The reasons for these disparities are complex, but women clearly have to overcome a whole range of obstacles on their way to the top. The underrepresentation of women in the startup scene is not only a societal and systemic issue for gender equality, but also a missed opportunity for the economy.
With different initiatives we aim to alter the narrative about women entrepreneurs in Switzerland.
The Female Founders map provides transparency in the sector and portrays great female role models in the startup ecosystem. Through portraying these role models, we want to inspire women to become entrepreneurs themselves. In the end, we want to significantly increase the number of female founders in Switzerland!
We not only want to give more visibility to female founders, but also to strengthen networking among each other. Therefore, we cordially invite you to join our Female Founder Community on LinkedIn!
This LinkedIn group is meant to be a place for inspiration, exchange and support.
Anyone interested in entrepreneurship and women empowerment who are considering starting their own business; especially motivated and ambitious female members of a Swiss university or University of Applied Sciences (students, doctoral students, postdocs, professors etc.).
The Startup Stories events belong to the “Innosuisse Business Ideas” and are evening events that take place several times during the semester – but at different locations (e.g. ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, ZHAW, University of St. Gallen etc.) and with different speakers and entrepreneurs. So it is worth attending more than one Business Ideas event!
You can register on our website at any time, just select the event which you want to join. (Note: If you already have a business idea, you can apply in parallel for the Business Concept course (Module 2).)
If there are any open questions, please contact us:
+41 (0) 58 934 65 00 (Mo-Fr, 9 am – 5 pm)