WiSE24, Largest Online Global Pitch Event for Women Entrepreneurs, Calls on Innovators, Investors and World Leaders to Drive Economic Growth By Supporting Female Founders
Women entrepreneurs in 10 cities around the world will gather online over the course of 24 hours, leading the next wave of innovation
Women’s Startup Lab (WSLab), a Silicon Valley-based accelerator for women-led startups, will host its second WiSE24, “Women’s International Showcase of Entrepreneurs,” on June 18, 2020. The event, which will take place over a period of 24 hours, will livestream startup pitches from 50 early-stage women-led ventures in 10 cities around the world, including San Francisco, New York, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul and São Paulo.
The theme of the event-- “Rise Locally, Empower Globally” -- calls on technology and innovation leaders in the U.S. and around the globe to look beyond their borders for new markets, talent and investment opportunities. WiSE24 will attract 1,000+ global investors, global policymakers, corporate leaders, and other key stakeholders who are working to accelerate innovation and build economic growth worldwide. This year’s event includes a new track showcasing startups that are developing innovative solutions and responses to to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“Building on the success of last year’s event, WiSE24 2020 provides an unprecedented opportunity for women entrepreneurs to rise and thrive in times of crisis,” explains Women’s Startup Lab Founder and CEO, Ari Horie. “By fostering deeper cross-cultural collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers, WiSE24 aims to create systemic change in the innovation ecosystem and strengthen the potential of regional initiatives.”
WiSE24 will feature 3 tracks:
1. #CollaborateToWin: A speakers’ series for female entrepreneurs including talks by mentors and allies.
2. #InvestInHER: A speakers’ series for venture capitalists and angel investors who want to leverage the untapped potential of diverse founders.
3. #RethinkEcosystem: A speakers’ series for influencers and global innovation leaders who want to support diversity by effecting system change in the innovation ecosystem.
Some of the esteemed speakers who will participate in the event include Pascal Finette, Co-Founder at be radical, Singularity University's Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation and a Venture Partner at BOLD Capital Partners, Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, Victor Hwang, Founder and CEO, Right to Start and Former Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation, and Bill Reichert, Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures and Partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures.
"The next wave of global innovation will come from startups led by a new wave of founders who don’t fit the old stereotype, including women and other underrepresented entrepreneurs who tap into a whole new world of opportunities,” explains venture capitalist Bill Reichert. “Women’s Startup Lab is a leader in developing and showcasing these founders and accelerating the evolution of the startup ecosystem."
“The technology industry cannot afford to ignore the potential of diverse founders and a global, collaborative startup community,” says Audrey Tang, who is working on Taiwan’s response to COVID-19. “We need to educate, support and invest in our cross-border partners if we want a world that supports innovation for all.”
WiSE24 will be available online all day PST on June 18, starting in Brazil and ending in Asia on June 19. Please visit this website to find more details and join the event: https://www.womenstartuplab.com/wise24
If you’re interested in showcasing your local startup or initiative through Women’s Startup Lab’s WiSE24 event, send an email to email@example.com.
About Women’s Startup Lab
Women’s Startup Lab (WSLab) is a premier Silicon Valley startup and leadership accelerator for women entrepreneurs around the world. By focusing on “people innovation” and introducing their vast Silicon Valley network, WSLab transforms individuals, companies and the world through active collaboration and innovative thinking among top leaders.
Based in Silicon Valley, California, WSLab has been in operation for 7 years. WSLab has run their unique, women-focused accelerator for six years, graduating 17 cohorts. Of our over 150 alumnae, over 63% have successfully raised funds, and 4 have had successful exits. We have also trained over 1,000 corporate executives through our accelerator program, Hito Institute, to further advance the collaboration of women, entrepreneurs and corporate innovation. Our growing community numbers 25,000+ worldwide.
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