How Ventures Supports Women
Jen Hughes

October 9, 2018

Six years ago, what drew me to Ventures was not only the mission and vision of the organization, but the passionate, mission-driven, super smart and compassionate staff. Since starting with the organization in 2012, I have met so many amazing women—entrepreneurs, volunteers, staff, and partners—who play key roles in advancing the mission of Ventures. I continue to see the power of our training, coaching, capital, and incubation programs on our women business owners:

  • Of all Ventures entrepreneurs, 73% are women and so are 78% of Ventures staff.
  • Over one-third of our board members are women. Two are Ventures entrepreneurs who run successful small businesses and are honing their leadership skills through their board involvement.
  • All of our InnoVentures finalists have been women business owners. That’s 13 women who have pitched their businesses in front of hundreds of audience members and made valuable business connections.
  • Our staff business coaches are 80% women. They work side-by-side with business owners to develop confidence in key business concepts, set goals, and plan for success.

Today, more than 8.6 million U.S. businesses are owned by women.

We also generate more than $1.3 trillion in revenues and employ nearly 7.8 million people. Partly, because of that, a lot has shifted in the national conversation about the challenges women face in business since I started at Ventures. This conversation is still critically important, and at Ventures it hits close to home.

In my role as the Director of Programs, I have the privilege to interact with entrepreneurs working in different industries, at different stages of business, and dealing with unique challenges. A thread that I continue to hear from our female business owners is that they appreciate more than anything the networking opportunities Ventures offers. A true testament to our value of community.

That’s just one reason that I am excited for our Real Conversations with Women Business Owners panel on October 16th. Our goal is to empower women entrepreneurs with the tools and confidence they need to position themselves well in their industries and advocate for themselves in the marketplace.

This is about creating a space for honest conversations and networking. “Real Conversations” will create space to share our experiences about what it is like to be in business, including the challenges we face and best and worst practices for addressing them. Tickets are $10 and include lunch!

Join us on Tuesday, October 16th from 11 am – 1 pm. Get your tickets today!