According to a recent report by TechLeap, barely 5.7 percent of all investments in Dutch startups went to companies headed by women in the past ten years. This huge disparity translates into unequal investment amounts, where startups founded by men received an average of 5.6 million euros in 2018, compared to just 1 million euros going to those founded by women. While providing ALL entrepreneurs with funding opportunities is necessary for an equal and just market, mixed-gender teams also perform better. International studies show that startups and stakeholders that embrace diversity are more versatile and resilient. What’s more, investing in women-led endeavours generates double impact: more funding opportunities provided for more entrepreneurs leads to more social impact! It’s a win-win.
Their special keynote speaker is Hedda Pahlson-Moller, founder and CEO of TIIME, addressing the Impact Imperative and adopting a values-aligned approach to mobilizing capital towards a more equitable future.
Hedda is a private investor, independent director, adjunct professor, and advisor on issues related to impact finance, sustainability and diversity management. Hedda is an active board member on funds and organisations working with and towards triple bottom line and positive societal impact. Her focus is on inclusion, gender-lens investing and climate change financing.
Mariah Mansvelt Beck, co-founder of YONI, a growing brand specialising in organic cotton tampons, pads and liners all while sharing knowledge on periods, as well as sexual and reproductive health in their fight for sustainable and equitable business. Mariah will discuss her experiences with investment and investors. It’s been quite a ride already and a lot of lessons learned, to share with entrepreneurs and investors alike.
Followed by a conversation with Bertrand van Leersum, investment manager at Borksi Fund, which invests in female entrepreneurs. The major banks of the Netherlands are the current investors in the fund, and they are looking for more investors, such as family offices. With his expertise in the field, Bertrand will discuss the importance of supporting women on their investment journeys.
14:45 Virtual walk-in
15:00 Welcome by Tatiana Glad, Co-founder and director Impact Hub Amsterdam, on the learnings and opportunities for female entrepreneurs. And Ellen Oetelmans, Program Manager Amsterdam Impact, about the successful Amsterdam Impact 2019-2022 program.
15:10 Welcome & Keynote by Hedda Pahlson-Moller, followed by Q&A.
16.00 Conversations with Mariah Mansvelt Beck, co-founder of YONI, and Bertrand van Leersum, investment manager at Borksi Fund.