07 Jun 2023
Accelerating Innovation Through Diversity and Inclusion in the European Tech Industry
Our Journey as Women Founders
Written by Ligia Jesus & Cynthia V Davis CBE
With London Tech Week upon us for its 10th year anniversary, we will see Founders, investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and VCs descend into London for the biggest tech event. There will be a hive of activity, networking and connecting with potential investors. For many founders, this creates the perfect opportunity to get your product known and look for those who might help to finance your work in a world where investment is still an everyday challenge for many start-ups and growth organisations.
As women founders in the tech industry, we understand the challenges of raising investment in a landscape that lacks diversity and inclusion. In this article, we aim to highlight the significance of embracing diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Join us as we share our insights and discuss our efforts to create a more equitable and successful future for all.
Disrupting the Traditional Model:
The tech industry has long been dominated by a homogeneous group, mainly consisting of white males. This lack of diversity has created unconscious bias, limited perspectives, and a disheartening lack of representation for underrepresented groups. We firmly believe that it's time for a change. We need more support for female-led businesses, and we encourage female investors to rally behind other women-led ventures. The current financial landscape yearns for fresh ideas and innovation, and by empowering women in tech and supporting their endeavours, we can drive positive change and create a more sustainable future.
Embrace Diversity for Innovation:
We've witnessed the power of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation. When individuals from different backgrounds come together, they bring a wealth of perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the table. This fusion leads to increased innovation and enhanced problem-solving capabilities. It's through diversity and inclusion that we challenge the status quo, disrupt traditional models, and push boundaries. By embracing diversity, we open doors to transformative solutions and ensure that the tech industry caters to the diverse needs of all.
Accelerate Diversity and Inclusion:
To foster real change, companies must take proactive measures to improve diversity and inclusion. We've learned the importance of implementing inclusive hiring practices that prioritize equal opportunities and actively seek out diverse talent. By providing diversity and inclusion training for employees, we encourage a culture of understanding, respect, and acceptance. Creating safe and inclusive workplace environments is vital to ensure that everyone feels valued and can contribute their best work. Moreover, promoting underrepresented groups to leadership positions is crucial for amplifying diverse perspectives and driving meaningful change.
Improving diversity and inclusion in the tech industry isn't just a nice-to-have; it's a strategic move that drives innovation and success. Our personal journeys as women founders have highlighted the need for change. By embracing diversity, promoting inclusion, and providing equal opportunities, we can unlock the industry's full potential. Let's take action, disrupt the traditional ways, and cultivate an environment where fresh ideas and diverse perspectives flourish. Together, we have the power to shape a tech industry that reflects the diversity of our society and serves everyone. Join us on this exciting journey toward a more equitable, diverse, and sustainable future.
As an organisation, we understand these challenges all too well. We are currently raising our Series A investment round for our tech platform, Diversifying.io, which aims to revolutionize the job boards industry by fostering diversity and inclusion. We welcome any opportunities to share our journey with potential investors who are eager to embrace diversity in their investment portfolio. So, if you would like to know more, get in touch with us. Together, we can make a difference and reshape the tech industry to truly represent and serve everyone.