New initiative for female entrepreneurs
In celebration of International Women’s Day a new year-long initiative to support diversity in entrepreneurship has been announced. Indiegogo, the global crowdfunding platform, will seek to offer extra support for women-run crowdfunding campaigns between now and March 2017.
Partnering with Girls In Tech UK, Girls in Tech US, Blooming Founders, Trep Life and Lipstick & Politics, Indiegogo will host events throughout the year focused on supporting female entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground through Indiegogo. Women that launch campaigns through the initiative will also have the opportunity to sign-up for additional campaign mentoring from Indiegogo’s dedicated support team.
“Because it’s a completely open platform Indiegogo has broken down gender inequalities and removed bias from the funding equation,” said Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann. “We’re really proud of building a platform where all ideas are welcome and have a chance to thrive.”
Top tips for women in business
March 8th 2016 marks International Women’s Day, and this year, dot2dot nursery insurance and its founder and director, Jackie Hyde, are celebrating businesswomen across the country.
They have spoken to female entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, to bring four pieces of business advice to women, from women who have been there and done it.
1) Your time is precious, so prioritise ruthlessly
Neat PT owner and CEO Hilary Frohlich says: “Stay organised and be realistic, think ahead and think about what is coming up. If you have time earlier in the month use it wisely to help free up time later on.”
2) How to keep the balance
S3 founder and CEO Farida Gibbs says: “Although work takes up most of our time, it is vital that people maintain a healthy work-life balance. This will ensure individuals are motivated and achieve more fulfilment from their careers.”
3) Surround yourself with like-minded people
HealthTech Women MD Maxine Mackintosh says: “Surround yourself with positive, ambitious and supportive people. As you strike out on your own and start to build your own career, meet those magnetic and engaging people and bask in their aura. Their energy, enthusiasm and confidence is usually contagious. Once you come across enough of these people, they will each have a small effect on your trajectory, and you will feel sufficiently inspired to carve out your own path.”
4) It is okay to fail as long as you learn
Owner of School Speakers Claire Young added: “The most important thing, above all, is that you just have a go. The worst that could happen is that things don’t work out, but you will learn from it and move forward having learnt and [will be] in a better place.”