SheWorx actively addresses the hardships women face in the startup industry by providing valuable mentorships
It’s no secret that women are vastly underrepresented in the startup industry. Even though women start companies at 1.5 times the average rate in the U.S., and the number of startups with at least one female founder has more than quadrupled in the last five years, a disproportionate amount of VC funding is still funneled towards male founders with only 18% of VC money going to female-founded companies.
Thankfully, SheWorx is working to bridge the gender disparity in tech by gathering entrepreneurial women on a weekly basis over breakfast. Based in New York, SheWorx recently announced that they are expanding to Tel Aviv, Israel. To celebrate the launch of their new community, they will hold an event at Merkspace in Tel Aviv on April 20 at 9:30 am, focusing on how to build a community for growth. Founder of Lean On Chedva Kleinhandler will host the gathering while Vered Raviv Schwarz, COO at Fiverr, will mentor the participating women to help cultivate their entrepreneurial growth.
SheWorx actively fights against the discrimination and hardships women face in the startup industry by providing valuable mentorships, relationships, mindsets, and skill sets to develop. Self-described as “a collective for ambitious female entrepreneurs and changemakers,” SheWorx works to build “a community of ambitious female entrepreneurs and their supporters to accelerate the knowledge, network, and capabilities of entrepreneurs and changemakers who will define the next wave of leadership.”
The organization was founded in 2015 to address the growing concerns of inequality in tech startups and has seen a 90 percent growth each month since its inception. To say that SheWorx has succeeded in creating a network of hardworking women would be an understatement.
The women of SheWorx are growing the organization to solidify its position as the go-to resource for women embarking on entrepreneurial journeys, priding themselves for demonstrating the following values in their work and daily lives:
Bold – They push ourselves outside of their comfort zones and set ambitious goals.
Decisive – They know what they want and they do what it takes to attain it.
Resourceful – They work around constraints and always get things done.
Mission-driven – They do things that matter to them and prioritize accordingly.
Intellectually honest – They objectively evaluate progress and exchange feedback.
Looking forward, SheWorx is excited to launch the rest of its international offices in London and Singapore to spread its network of women’s empowerment. “Our chapters are led by amazing women who are founders themselves and are passionate about creating a local network of like-minded female entrepreneurs,” states co-founder Lisa Wang to Geektime. Wang continues, “SheWorx will [also] be a defining voice for the next wave of female leaders and will help redefine what the archetype of a leader should be.”
She Worx intends to continue as a long-term accelerator, providing intensive support for three months, then decreasing support as the companies grow. In addition to the accelerator, the SheWorx Foundation will work with high school and college age women to teach them entrepreneurial knowledge, mindsets, and mentorship.
How men can be helpful
SheWorx may lead in empowering women, but as men, we have a responsibility to stay aware and actively prevent any further discrimination in the workforce. Take a step back and look at the advantages that have helped you get to where you are today. Being aware of our own privilege will help us be better allies to these women, as well as listen to their stories without question. Men and women alike can learn from the women leading SheWorx and the examples they set in creating a more diverse startup community.
To learn more about SheWorx or register for the Tel Aviv event, please visit http://www.sheworx.co/.
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