On a rainy Monday morning few women gathered to meet each other, talk about ideas, innovation and realize their potential in female entrepreneurship. They were a group of hard working, diligent and exuberant women. These innovative female talents were eager to expand their network and discover a community committed to broaden diversity into the ecosystem.
During the Women in Entrepreneurship Networking Breakfast on May 3rd, at The Ground we all learned about each other’s paths and how being an entrepreneur can relate to multiple work areas. This meeting was all about creating a safe space to speak one's mind and facilitate knowledge-sharing conversations on the topics of femtech, human rights, and the effectiveness of incubators in fostering female entrepreneurship.
The conversations went long and deep, exploring new areas and bringing important topics such as balancing motherhood and preventing burn out while still being an active entrepreneur. Melina and Maria are experts in gender equality and they contributed discussion on creating an equal workplace and society by bringing fast change.
Katja is a business coach and leads projects in incubators and she discussed how effective it is for students to start entrepreneurship through their program at Drivehuset. Tshepiso is an engineer who has a plathora of experience in tech. She mentioned how femtech is the future that all need to take part of. Finally Carmen spoke about every changing paths leading to new careers and how being a scientist was something that completely changed her life. Now she is an entrepreneurial venturer with fascinating research capabilities. We cannot wait to see what exciting venture she will embark upon as a woman in entrepreneurship!
Such conversations would not have taken place today, if it weren't for the support of The Ground, our community partner. Skåne entrepreneurial ecosystem constantly witnesses the amazing impact The Ground brings to the entrepreneurial table. Overall, it was yet another fantastic intimate networking breakfast and we wish the very best of luck to all the fascinating ladies and our community partner for making this event a reality!
Thimar Innab, The CEO of The Ground.
Melina Bergström, runs The Yes Way which is a national diversity/gender equality initiative within the Swedish Innovation support system. The initiative aims to increase the number of female founders at incubators in Sweden through practical work with internal equality programs. She is an equality and inclusion strategist, project leader, entrepreneur, organizational, and business developer!
Carmen Flores Bjurström, is a bioinformatics research scientist, solving disease through technology. She is fascinated with the power of genomics and precision medicine to diagnose and treatment of diseases. Combining part of that process, with biology, medicine, and health studies research with IT, is her passion!
Katja Fjellström, is driven by lifting others, inspiring, leading, and finding synergies that create relationships. She is a Business Coach and Project manager for Level up at Drivhuset Malmö. At Drivhuset, she works with student innovation and as a Project Lead!
Tshepiso Lehutjo is an aspiring social entrepreneur with an engineering background. She believes that innovation and entrepreneurship can be great tools to solve the world's pressing challenges. She advocates for bridging the digital divide and uses her blog, tech it's me to play a role in inspiring others to embrace technology responsibly!
Maria Vardanyan is a Lawyer with her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law and she is an intern at Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Her goal is to contribute to gender equality and end violence against women!