Women Who Wow
We strongly believe that LaunchBox would be a better programme with a better gender ratio. We are actively encouraging more female students with an interest in innovation, business, or social enterprise to apply for LaunchBox 2017. Statistically, startups with a gender diverse Board or founding team are more successful than startups without gender diversity, yet despite this we don’t receive applications from nearly as many gender diverse or all-female teams as we do all-male.
We’d like to see that change this year. We are rolling out a pilot mentoring scheme, with the support of Trinity’s Equality Fund, that is aimed at female students who are interested in setting up their own business or social venture.
Almost half-of female founders in startups cited a lack of available mentors or advisers as holding them back (Inc.com) – we want to make sure that Trinity students don’t face this particular barrier.
A mentor can play an important role at any stage in a woman’s career, but it is particularly important at the early stages. From mentorship you gain invaluable expertise, access to a network, support and encouragement, as well as an outsider’s objective perspective on your goals and how best to reach them.
Mentorship works best when you have thought about what would be most useful for you to learn or reflect upon. An event with potential mentees will help to concretise this for all participants through emphasis on everyone’s individual goals for the future, and objectives for the mentorship scheme. This clarity also helps to ensure that you are matched with the correct mentor.
The mentorship scheme will commence in late January 2017 with a small reception for all mentors and mentees. After that, you will arrange to meet with your mentor once a month for an hour at a time that is convenient for you.
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If you are interested in being matched with a mentor with a wealth of experience to share in business, startups or social enterprises, please get in touch with Alison Treacy, LaunchBox Programme Manager, today
Places on this mentorship scheme are very limited. Please get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.