Mountain View-based accelerator/incubator 500 Startups adds 15 women entrepreneurs to the family.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
27 startups were announced as the 500 Startups spring class. 9 have a woman on the founding team (33%). Not bad!
500 Startups partner Christine Tsai blogged yesterday: “They came from districts afar – Mexico, Brazil, the UK, Slovenia, Italy, Japan, Australia, Canada, India, Philippines, China, Austin, NYC, DC, Chicago. For the next 3 months, these 27 startups will fight to gain customers, revenue, and investor dollars. Welcome to the 4th Annual FUNDING GAMES.” Watch the FUNDING GAMES video here.
Here are the 15 female founders currently contending
“I don’t give up. I’m definitely meant to be an entrepreneur,” said entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh.
By Karin Kamp (Director of Digital Media, The Story Exchange)
At a time of high levels of youth joblessness – the latest U.S. figures show that the unemployment rate for workers under 25 is over 16% – some are betting that the best chance for finding a job, is creating one.
Over the past month, The Story Exchange has been interviewing young women who have started their own businesses to understand how they’ve came so far, so fast.
What we found is a group who are fearless in the face of uncertainty and simply propel themselves forward without over thinking the obstacles.
Do you have the scrappiness of an athlete or the creative vision of an artist?
By Cheryl Yeoh (Co-Founder & CEO, Reclip.It)
I’ve come to observe that there are usually two kinds of founders – athletes or artists. Ideally, you’re some composition of the two. And even if you’re not a real life athlete or artist, there are interesting comparisons to be drawn from these groups that will make you a better entrepreneur.
Athletes have to go through long, brutal hours of training. They have to be so focused when competing and mentally strong.
Meet Your Founder Friday Hosts For May 2012 – New Cities Launching: Orange County, San Diego, Buenos Aires & Santiago!
11 cities will be hosting Women 2.0 Founder Friday events in May – find one near you!
By Sepideh Nasiri (Director of All Things Offline, Women 2.0)
We have some exciting news! We are launching new cities for Founder Friday! Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event promoting the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities around the world.
Founder Friday events are currently hosted in
By Cheryl Yeoh (Co-Founder & CEO, CityPockets)
“It’s a numbers game. There are far fewer women in tech than men. So anyone genuinely interested in changing the ratio and evening out the balance, has to more than meet women halfway” — Cindy Gallop in No One’s Blaming Anyone on WIMN’s Voices
The gender ratio and gender biases of the start-up community are long-standing topics of contention. But this piece isn’t about why there are so few women in tech, and it’s not about what it’s like being one of the few. Rather, I want to talk about why it even matters.