IT and STEM Women's Leadership Development Initiative
YES SHE CAN!
Our goal is to highlight the special importance of women's leadership in the 21st century and to help more women take a proactive position in choosing their future education, career development and business creation. To do this, we will hold a series of training webinars, meetups, which will logically end with a large-scale conference on women's leadership in the fall of 2021.
“YES SHE CAN is an important step for the development of the female“ ecosystem ”in technology and science. It is a combined initiative of different generations, statuses and mindsets to help girls, women, ladies create a safe space for ideas, advice and solutions.
Why now? Why are we doing this? Because we can. Because we know that we will be useful. Both online and offline events. Both a large audience and a chamber hall. Both now and in the future. "
Organizer, founder of Ladies Who Tech community
“We support initiatives aimed at solving the situation with gender imbalance in the IT sphere, at increasing opportunities for the development of technology in the world of technology for all, regardless of gender and growing. Digitalization increases the demand for personnel, and it is important in educational institutions and in the professional community work with stereotypes that the prospects for women in the IT industry are limited"
Organizer, Deputy General Director for Development and Cooperation with residents of the special economic zone "Innopolis"
“We are doing Yes She Can now because we believe that innovative ideas, entrepreneurial leadership and cutting-edge technology are born in a culture that welcomes equal opportunity, difference in mindset and EQ. The initiative will be useful both for those who are just starting out and looking for practical advice, and for those who have already passed a certain path and want to share their experience and ideas for development within the framework of the general community, and also reach a new level."
Organizer, Impulse4women Ambassador
The ratio of female startups in Russia is comparable to global numbers, but their projects attract less investment. At the same time, female projects are crisis-resilient and have potential for growth. In Russia, only 1 out of 7 female projects has attracted investments, but 1 out of 4 among male ones. Over 2016 - 2020, every year, only 1 out of 9 venture capital deals involved a female-founded startup, where in total 23 times less money was invested in female startups (4 % of invested funds) than in male ones.
Women in Russian Venture Capital 2021 — is the first survey in Russia that focuses on the role of women in the venture capital ecosystem prepared by Zerno Ventures.
Zerno Ventures — is the first VC impact fund in Russia with a gender lens. The goal of the fund is to form a venture project portfolio with at least 50% of female-founded projects.