Alicia Robb (pictured), senior fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, attended her first ever Startup Weekend Women’s Edition in South America. Startup Weekend is a program of Up Global that starts on a Friday night with roughly 100 people in a room, about half of whom pitch a business idea over the course of a 54-hour weekend event in cities all over the world. What the experience taught Alicia is that gender-specific entrepreneurship support is a global need. (Note: That’s what WEGG is about.)
When the program began, the first pitch was made by a man. By pitch three, Alicia was squirming in her seat, and after pitch five, well, you better read the article to find out what went on.
Screenshot courtesy: Kauffman Foundation
One more thing, to gain insight into the role that unconscious bias plays in early-stage entrepreneurship, read: Why Are There So Few Women Entrepreneurs?