The future is female and the present is fertile ground for progressive change; women-led startups in SDG implementation is worth our dedicated, coordinated attention
Low investment flow and poor investment readiness impede the participation of women entrepreneurs in the technology field, thus, in advancing the STI framework for local Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation. Only 2% of funded startups are women-led. If women startups are to fully contribute to the low-carbon transition, it is important to eliminate low investment flow and poor investment readiness as gendered and racialized barriers. Doing so requires strategies that are participatory, inclusive, and creative.
To address low investment flow and poor investment readiness effectively, what is needed is a broad, deep, and durable social movement that brings women-led startups from the margins to the center. Building and sustaining such a movement require strategies that are participatory, inclusive, and creative. As such, our chosen strategy is to use the arts -- music, singing, poetry, and dance -- to tell stories of how women entrepreneurs harnessing technology for social good.
Join us at “The Future is Female: The Music of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” benefit concert to be held on December 28, 2019. We will simulcast via Facebook and YouTube to reach our friends far and wide. To ensure as many women groups know about the event, we designed a Watch Party program and need your help. More details on the event and Watch Party program can be found at https://thefutureisfemaleconcert.eventbrite.com
Through music, poetry, comedy, and community-building, we raise awareness of the needs of women-led startups. We leverage local artistic talent to tell the story of women changemakers and mobilize support for the investment readiness of women startups. Through a benefit concert that will be broadcast via Facebook Live and podcast interviews with key opinion-makers, we will:
Raise public awareness of the needs of women-led startups. Artists will perform songs, poetry, and dance that tell the story of women leaders and innovators in the global movement toward sustainable development and a low-carbon future;
Mobilize financial support for the investment readiness of women-led startups. We will use currently available crowdfunding tools; donors will get an opportunity to nominate women-led startups for accelerator services from CYPHER X; and
Establish the practical application of the arts in advancing the STI framework for SDG implementation. We put the ‘A’ in ‘science, technology, engineering, art, and math’ (STEAM). Event will lead to stakeholder engagement tools that are art-related.
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