Humera Malik is founder and CEO of Toronto-based industrial AI company Canvass Analytics. She is also on the jury of the Women In Cleantech Challenge, which is accepting applications until July 13 at www.womenincleantech.ca.
It is often said, but bears repeating, that women are significantly underrepresented in the innovation economy, with one recent report finding that only 5 per cent of Canadian technology companies have a solo female founder or chief executive.
Such representation is similar – and arguably worse – when the focus is on the clean-technology sector. Where women do have a presence, they typically occupy junior roles in marketing, communications or finance, not senior roles in engineering or in the C-Suite.
The federal government recently recognized that this gender gap, particularly in areas of innovation, is inhibiting economic growth by leaving skilled talent on the table. It’s also limiting diversity of perspective, which research shows is essential to building economic resilience. The 2018 budget highlighted the need to boost the percentage of female-owned companies in the technology sector by providing more women the opportunities they need to succeed, while also removing barriers holding some back. At the same time, the last two federal budgets identified the growth of Canada’s cleantech sector as a national priority.
It stands to reason that getting more female innovators to build and run companies that are tackling some of the world’s biggest environmental and climate challenges presents a great opportunity for the country.
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Business experts said that the most challenging tasks, which women entrepreneurs face, is raising capital. In fact, many women entrepreneurs reported that lack of seed money in their bank accounts often became the factor that slows their business down. Some entrepreneurs begin considering crowdfunding as a solution to raise capital. Again, holding successful crowdfunding for women entrepreneurs is not a simple tasks.
Crowdfunding for Women Entrepreneurs Becomes More Popular
Statistics show that women entrepreneur takes advantage of crowdfunding more and more to solve the problems with limited capital in business. A data presented on a popular crowdfunding site – Indiegogo – shows that 47% of the successful crowdfunding campaigns are run by women.
Soon you, your daughter, sister or wife can wear a tiny hidden device that will call for help in case of trouble, even if there’s no smartphone coverage.
The winning team of the $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE contest, announced Wednesday evening, hopes to use technology to solve the threat of sexual assault. The contest was launched in 2016, after a rash of violent gang rapes in India put an international spotlight on the issue.
The goal is “to get to a solution so we don’t discuss safety 10 years hence,” Manik Mehta, founder of the contest’s winner Leaf Wearables told USA TODAY. “It’s going to start with women and then move on to kids. And eventually we will spread it to all humanity, so it’s like polio, nobody has it anymore.”
Leaf was among five finalists in a contest that called for a discrete device that would alert rescue personnel in an emergency, provide a woman’s location during an attack, even in low connectivity situations, and cost less than $40.
The Leaf device can be worn as jewelry — a ring or a pendant — and works independently of a phone, which is the first thing perpetrators usually take away during an attack, Mehta said.
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New exhibition at the National Museum of African American History places Winfrey and her storied career at the centre of the American story.
The first thing that becomes apparent walking into the new Oprah Winfrey exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is that Winfrey isn’t there. No photos, no quotes or memorabilia, no clips from her decades-long career.
That’s notable given that it is a first of its kind dedication to one of the biggest personalities in American culture at the nation’s premier museum dedicated to the African American experience. One of the world’s wealthiest women and a self-made billionaire who grew up wearing potato sacks in the Jim Crow south, Winfrey is still relevant decades after she first came on the screen – with some even calling for her to run for president now.
Oprah Winfrey 'definitely' rules out 2020 run for US president But the story on display in the new temporary exhibition, Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, which opens its doors to the general public on 8 June, is one that’s bigger than Winfrey– and her story is huge. As exhibit co-curator Kathleen Kendrick put it to the Guardian: “It’s about Oprah, but you don’t see Oprah.”
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These supremely successful businesswomen prove that age really is just a number.
In the modern world of global commerce, youth is often seen as the key to success in business -- with the idea that younger generations can bring fresh ideas and impetus to the boardroom table.
But, did you know that Vera Wang didn't even sell a dress until she was 40? Or that Martha Stewart was 56 before achieving ultimate business success after the consolidation of her media focused business interests?
There is plenty to be said for a more experienced head in the business world -- and some of the most successful female entrepreneurs have enjoyed prosperity later in life.
With this in mind, we compiled a list of six globally accomplished businesswomen who achieved global business success much later in life.
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