I came across this article today and I found it really interesting: InnoEnergy’s Innovation Director, Elena Bou, discusses the increasingly important role female entrepreneurs play within in the sustainable energy sector, given today’s rapidly changing energy market.
Also, I strongly recommend to check Elenas' work in IE.
This article is also related with Mina Mirzadeh post about gender bias in VC's : "Entering into a typical “boy’s network” is especially challenging and most women need to rely on their male colleagues and peers to obtain initial introductions into professional networks."
A few interesting highlights:
- Women make up only one quarter of the STEM classrooms on average across Europe (Eurostat, 2015).
- "In our current portfolio of 150+ supported companies we found that just 15 per cent have women entrepreneurs, slightly above the European average."
- (...) 31 per cent of entrepreneurs in Europe are women. And, in my field – sustainable energy – it falls to an even narrower minority, around 11 per cent."
One interesting statement:
"All our entrepreneurs – regardless of gender – share the same motivations to start a company. But in the case of female founders there are two motivations that appear more frequently: 1) the lack of opportunity to develop in their previous working environment and 2) the desire to do something good."
To what extent are you agree with this statement?