The second edition of the Girls go start-up! Academy program was launched on November 6. The 12-months mentoring and training program is aimed at women interested in founding their own tech start-up. The program is primarily directed at female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students, graduates and PhD students, with ambitions and ideas for a tech start-up. Girls go start-up! Academy is organized by the “Perspektywy” Education Foundation and the Top 500 Innovators association.
According to a report prepared by the “Perspektywy” Education Foundation and Siemens, only one out of five female technical university student knows what a start-up is. A mere quarter of start-up is owned by a woman, even less in technology and science. As few as 3.8 percent of start-ups launched by women survive at least 3.5 years, whereas the percentage for male-owned start-ups is 9.2 percent.
“The ambition of the Girls go start-up! Academy program is to create a female Silicon Valley and supporting the new face of Polish women’s entrepreneurship, as well as their actions in creating and developing innovative companies. We would like to see women’s entrepreneurship to be based on start-ups as well. Last year, we had 300 applicants, we hope to see even more this year,” said Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk, head of the Top 500 Innovators association. Last year’s edition resulted in the creation of 18 start-ups.