A growing body of evidence shows that diversity, equity and inclusion is a driver of innovation, profitability, creativity, resilience, better problem-solving abilities and stronger governance (McKinsey, 2020).

Building an inclusive Dutch startup ecosystem starts with you: young problem-solvers, entrepreneurial minds, and first-time founders who will disrupt how companies shape our collective future. At ASIF Ventures, they hope to boost your endeavours and lower the barriers to entry for aspiring and active entrepreneurs.

𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿?

This week consists of 5 daily events and is for anyone who is underrepresented, untapped talent in the world of entrepreneurship, startups and venture capital. It is also for those who are not part of these groups but want to learn more about inclusive entrepreneurship and/or want to take an active role in building an inclusive startup ecosystem.

ASIF has recently conducted a survey on the barriers the untapped groups face in entering entrepreneurial careers in the Netherlands. According to their findings, three key barriers stand out: 1) lack of funding opportunities, 2) lack of networks and 3) lack of self-confidence. With our annual inclusive entrepreneurship week they want to tackle these barriers by providing access to their social capital and networks.

🚀 8th of March, 2021 from 12-1pm
Opening Panel - Breaking down barriers & expanding opportunities: inclusive entrepreneurship in 2021
🔸Jurriaan Graaff, Techleapnl
🔸Rahel de Vriend, Co-founder at Rise
🔸Yeni Joseph, Public Policy Manager D&I at NLdigital
🔸Iffat Rose Gill, The Code To Change
🔸Jacqueline van den Ende, Carbon Equity

🚀 9th of March, 2021 from 4-6pm
Biased algorithms and biased people: the importance of inclusion for technological development
🔸Keynote by Eve Logunova (She/Her/Hers), Women in AI Ambassador
🔸Keynote by Iffat Rose Gill, The Code To Change
🔸Keynote by Cara Antoine, Women in Tech Ambassador
🔸Keynote by Marion Mulder, Muldimedia

🚀 10th of March, 2021 from 5-7pm
Inclusive Investing: Equity in venture capital
🔸Keynote by Carine de Meyere, Global CCO WOMEN IN TECH - Global Movement & Impact Investor
🔸Keynote by Janneke Niessen, CapitalT
🔸Keynote by Saskia van den Ende, Antler Netherlands
🔸Keynote by Carol Tarr, Included VC Fellow

🚀 11th of March, 2021 from 5-7pm
Allyship - actualising equity
🔸 Interview with Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau, Envoy at Techleapnl
🔸 Interview with Ruben Brave, CEO at Entelligence
🔸 Workshop with Kevin Groen, !eading Green

🚀 12th of March, 2021 from 4-6pm
Not for lack of trying: how to take up more space
🔸 Keynote by Marian Spier, TEDx speaker, founder of FEM-START and founder of TEDxAmsterdamWomen
🔸 Keynote by Melissa Romero - Founder of Lean In Netherlands
🔸 Workshop with Natasha Lazarovska-Trajcheski - Program manager TNW spaces, Co-founder Startup Macedonia

They warmly invite womxn+, BIPOC, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups!