At GIH we celebrate diversity and inclusion, it’s part of who we are and what we stand for. As such, much of our advocacy work includes bringing additional visibility to underrepresented founders through our social media, networks and advocacy work.
Special spotlight on 5 great Founders
That’s why, as we are nearing the end of this year’s Pride Month, we’re happy to say we’ve featured another 5 inspiring founders from our InvestHer Directory, all whom are also a part of the LGBTQ+ community, in our Newsletter, across our Social Media channels and on our Blog:
Want to support other LGBTQIA+ Founders? Here’s how:
Find other members of the LGBTQIA+ community on InvestHer Directory as well and don’t forget to Follow them on Social Media, Promote them in your network and buy their Products to really boost their businesses.
Click on the image below to discover some more great women founders from the LGBTQIA+ community!
Meet Kell Rakowski, Founder & CEO of Lex, who believes that the Text Should Come First and the Selfie Second when it comes to Creating Connections
Since 2005, Kell has lived and worked in New York City. She was an art book designer at Todd Oldham Studio, before going on to become a photo director at the architecture and design magazine Metropolis. She has written for the iconic Vogue magazine, as well as founding h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, an Instagram of Herstoric Lesbian Imagery from 1800s - 2000s, which received press from VICE, Marie Claire, Dazed & Confused, and NYTimes.
Women and Climate Change
Man-made climate change has brought about an increase in extreme weather events and conditions across the world, with some regions on the brink of collapse due to consecutive droughts coinciding with severe storms, cyclones, and hurricanes.
Women are more affected by climate change than men, and yet greentech is currently a male-dominated field; in Canada, only 1 in 10 greentech business founders are women and only 19% of greentech startups have at least one female founder. When it comes to creating climate-friendly more sustainable solutions for our planet, the women’s perspective is sorely lacking.
Despite women being more susceptible to the impacts of climate change, their perspectives, experiences, and voices are largely absent from the conversation about how best to tackle climate change. For example, EU parliamentary committees that make decisions about environmental policy issues and scrutinise government action on climate change, only have 29% women at the table. In the Energy sector, women represent 6% of all technical positions and less than 1% of top management positions and only 16% of board members of the world’s largest power companies. We still have a long way to go.
🏳️🌈 During Pride Month, just like last year, we have decided to showcase 5 Founders from the LGBTQIA+ Community from InvestHer Directory and put them in the spotlight. At Global Invest Her, diversity and inclusion are part of our DNA and we really care about being part of this important advocacy, to create visibility for underrepresented founders. That’s why, throughout the whole month of June you’ll get to discover our highlighted 5 founders in our Founder Focus section in the InvestHer Newsletter and on our social media too.
If you haven’t subscribed already, now is the perfect opportunity!
Founders from the 🏳️🌈 LGBTQIA+ Community on the InvestHer Directory represent such diverse sectors as Big Data, BioTech, FemTech, Arts & Culture and FinTech from all over the world, with the majority raising Seed rounds.
🏳️🌈 Happy Pride Month from the Global Invest Her Team
Join in the Celebration as Global Invest Her Proudly Shares The First 50 Featured Founders from around the world!How it all began.
When the pandemic first hit and the world closed down, we wanted to find a way to help women entrepreneurs stay visible to customers to help them keep their businesses growing and potential investors if they were fundraising. We checked the existing directories of women entrepreneurs around the world and didn't find a truly global, diverse one, that catered to both potential customers and investors and covered more than just a few tech or beauty sectors.
So we built one and made it accessible to all and InvestHer Directory was born!
From humble beginnings and our first curated 200 founders, we are proud to share we now feature over 1325 companies founded or co-founded by women entrepreneurs and nonbinary founders) from over 50 countries and 75 sectors! (updated weekly).
InvestHer Directory is the first truly global directory of businesses founded or co-founded by women.
👉 READ MORE about the first 50 Featured Founders
This article was first published on Programme EVE.
Women make the world go round. More than half of the world’s population, women are the world’s most powerful consumers driving 70–80% of all purchasing decisions. I believe that women entrepreneurs are the biggest untapped resource to re-ignite the global economy. However, the path to seizing that opportunity is not yet clear. Let’s look behind-the-scenes of a global upcoming megatrend, the current barriers in the way, and what we can do to unleash huge economic growth for us all.
The Economic Gender Gap.
The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report tells us that if nothing changes today, it will take “202 years for women to close the economic gender gap … progress has been slow, especially in terms of participation of women in labour force, where the gender gap slightly reversed.” In my 2015 TEDx talk on investing in female founders, that gender gap was estimated to be 80 years. Why are we going backwards, what barriers still exist and what can each of us do to change things?
The unfair burden of unpaid care work
Forcing women to carry the unpaid childcare and eldercare burden around the world holds everyone back. Many reasons make this a complex situation to change.
This letter was first published in “Dear Female Founder” by Lu Li and republished on the Huffington Post.
I am delighted to be one of 66 Female Founders sharing our entrepreneurial wisdom to inspire other women entrepreneurs. Together we have raised over $85 million in investment, generated over $1 billion in revenue and created over 2000 jobs. I think it’s important to amplify our voices, as change-makers and creators of economic and social value.
These are my personal messages to inspire other girls and women to become Women Entrepreneurs and share some of the key things I have learned on my journey so far. I have a 15 year old daughter and 12 year old son, and acutely feel the need to speed up gender equality. You have to be what you can see! Some day soon, I look forward to reading your letter here too!
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