Session: The Future is Made by (Female) Tech-Entrepreneurs
It is important to create environments that are inviting to female tech-founders and women in tech, in general, for us as societies as well as economies. You will hear ebout the state of female founders building R&D-based businesses and how female entrepreneurs can leverage the fact that they are underrepresented in the startup ecosystems across the globe.
Irene Fialka is CEO of INiTS, Vienna's High-Tech Incubator, and Managing Director of Health Hub VIenna, an open innovation platform with the mission to drive change in healthcare in Europe. She has a background in genetics/molecular biology and worked 10 years in reseacrh. Since 2004 she has coached founders of high-tech startups in their early days to think big and build more scaleable businesses. Under her leadership since 2012 INiTS was awarded several time as one of the TOP20 global university business incubators. INiTS' deeptech startups have a higher success rate, grow bigger, both in staff as well as sales and have raised much more funding on average than the average incubee of university business incubators globally.
Dr. Fialka has co-founded investorinnen.com (2013) and women in health IT (2019), two networks to foster diversity amongst investors as well as the digital health space, respectively. In both domains women are still underrepresented by far, yet need more role models to inspire women worlwide to follow their passion.