Attending the Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco last month was enligthening and inspiring. Talk about a community of women supporting women! It was awesome to feel the energy, meet some amazing women founders, and learn about women led technology that is currently being developed.
As one would imagine, women led companies have a different type of agenda and purpose. Many of the startups featured in the Innovation Hall were either related to helping people, children, women, or about connecting people. One company that really jumped out at me was Cashtivity - an online platform geared toward helping children in the classroom learn how to create and run businesses. Yes, that's right - children! Instead of violent video games that desensitize kids to violence, how about teaching them entrepreneurship? Cool, right?
Another great company I met was SkillGravity - an interactive and and efiicient way to organize your network. Maybe you've got a new brand or product you need to legalize? Check out women run HIPLegal for all your IP related needs! Maybe you're interested in learning how to code? Women Who Code is a global community run by volunteers who teach ordinary women coding languages. Or maybe you're into sustainable farming and want a cheaper option than Whole Foods? Farmstr is an online farm to table marketplace, delivering sustainably farmed meat and veggies stratight to your door!
The list goes on and on, but one thing that struck me is being as so crucial is giving women entrepreneurs the tools to succeed. In a supportive environment like Women 2.0, there were opportunities for mentoring, PITCH Sessions that gave women an opportunity to pitch a panel of VC's, as well as lots of networking opportunities to meet and collaborate with other women on their businesses. I'll definitely be attending next year and I think we need more conferences and events geared towards developing future women leaders and entrpreneurs!