October 27, 2018

Together for entrepreneurial women in IT

Paulina Ołtusek by Paulina

At the end of May 2018 there was announced the co-operation between Geek Girls Carrots and Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet. What does connect these two organisations and why did they decide to support each other?

Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet was brought to life in 2012. Since then it has been realising projects which promote the idea of enterpreneurship among women and support the development of women-owned companies. The main areas of action include also initiating and supporting networking between women and entrepreneurs as well as promoting the services ficilitating maintaing a balance between working and private life.

Foundation team – Katarzyna Wierzbowska (Chairwoman), Dorota Czekaj (Vice-Chairwoman), Magdalena Jeżyńska (Director of Foundation’s Office and Project Coordinator) and Katarzyna Dąbrowska (Event & Media Manager) – implements actions in favour of women who run (or want to run) their own company.

Women meet potential clients and coworkers and establish business contacts – it inspires, motivates and connects. Once a month during the business breakfast there is a presentation prepared by an entrepreneurial woman, who is a guiding light for others guests. Quarterly, often in a theatre, business community integrate in an informal setting.They responses to different women requirements. Net_Smolna connects entrepreneurs and CrossEUWBA contributes to an increase in amount of private investors. Biznes w Kobiecych Rękach is a program for women who has an idea for a business and are ready to start a company. BEST – Business & Entrepreneurship Support Training helps planning future career and Matka-Przedsiębiorczyni supports women who are returning to the labour market.Those are practical training workshops. Their program is based on the three pillars: the knowledge, the networking and experienced mentors. The offer is addressed to the women who want to improve competences and gain knowledge about running their own business. There are also informal meetings called SkillShare & Coffee.
The mentoring program for women who are looking for an inspiration and want to gain experience from female entrepreneurs. Who are the mentors? Thet are business owners and leaders who are committed to supporting women in business.The association of individual investors, based on the idea “women help women”. Thanks to the Black Swan Fund there have been 11 pitching sessions during which women have presented almost 35 projects. 7 of them gained support of investors and they have been realised. Each year there are a few pitching sessions – the next one is going to be held on the 7th of November.They are taking place half-yearly and each time there are circa 500 guests. Lectures panel discussions are centred around the main theme of each event. During the conference you may acquire knowledge as well as meet incredible women and get inspired. On the 23rd of May there was 12th edition of Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet conference – Smarter Together.


Why did Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet decide to cooperate with Geek Girls Carrots?

“We see the difference of approach on technology between men and women. Research indicates that twice as many men as women graduate in technology studies. The society still distinguish ‘male’ and ‘female’ professions and ‘male’ ones are considered modern and technological. That’s why we see the need for increasing digital competence levels among women – we want to encourage them to ‘befriend technology’ and show that it is more and more accessible to people. As Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet we try to create a bridge between business and technological communities, making good background to networking. It is unique how women support each other in SPK by mentoring, mutual promotion and the willingness to cooperate. We truly believe that along with Carrots Foundation we encourage even more women to upgrade their digital competence which are crucial in today’s world.” says Katarzyna Wierzbowska, Chairwoman of Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Kobiet, founder of Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet.

And what will Małgosia Ratajska-Grandin, Chairwoman of Carrots Foundation, have to say about that?

Enterpreneurship is a precious quality, irrespective of the sector we work in. It is particularly desirable in IT because new technologies allow to make new, spectacular solutions. But the idea is not enough, we need to know how to convert this idea into a new product and how to sell it. Thanks to cooperation with Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet we want to deliver tools to development of project ideas to our girls from Geek Girls Carrots community. Our organisations have similar goals and together we can do much more to realise them.

This seems to be very promising! There will be joint meetings, both in the form of meetups and the new one, which will allow to integrate better the business and technological communities. We provide also the information about all initiatives in out social media channels so every entrepreneurial woman will able to take and interest in IT and every IT girl will have change to become entrepreneurial.

Do you own your own business or think about starting one? Like our Facebook pages of Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet and Geek Girls Carrots and attend out meetings!

 

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