Stage 4
The future is female – Tech founders redefining the rules

Short thesis

Worldwide, only nine percent of tech startups are founded by women, and the field of science, tech and engineering is to a large extent shaped by gender-specific disparities. At the same time, recent data has shown that women-led technology companies achieve a 35% higher return on investment that their male counterparts. This is why, now more than ever, it is paramount to invest in female-led startups and give women the necessary tools and access to succeed as entrepreneurs.


Closing the gender gap in the tech world, has been at the forefront of the agenda for quite some time now. The unequal representation of women in the tech industry is unfortunately still a reality. For that purpose, the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications recently launched a comprehensive programme that facilitates women’s engagement in tech entrepreneurship. With F-LANE, the first accelerator for social tech startups for and by women, the aim is to foster women’s involvement in digital businesses.

Together with female entrepreneurs we aim to address the obstacles and challenges of women in the digital labour market and showcase at the same time successful stories of women as tech founders and in the digital industry. In an interactive talk we will focus on questions such as “What are the challenges women face in the tech sector?”, “What structural changes are necessary to promote women as entrepreneurs?” or “What are the best practice cases in Europe?” in order to shine some light on the various opportunities women have in Europe.