by Nayab Ahmad
This Wednesday, Amanda, Jyoti, and I participated in the Women in MassChallenge Showcase. Throughout the event one statistic was repeatedly mentioned: this year 44 percent of the startups at MassChallenge were founded by women entrepreneurs. Seeing 48 of these startups together in one room alongside our team was quite exciting!
People lined out the door to attend and by the middle of it, it was incredible how packed the venue became. At Barakat Bundle’s table we conversed with fellow women-led startups and attendees, explaining what we did and learning from them. From support from our mentors Lynne from Gesmer Updegrove and Kellan from Autodesk, Dipthi from Staht-up, and many others who gave us recommendations and advice, I left inspired, encouraged, and especially motivated by the potential of what women entrepreneurs could achieve.
There’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of female representation in entrepreneurship. According to TechCrunch and Crunchbase, only 18 percent of startups were founded by at least one women. I think MassChallenge is a great example of how we can shift these numbers. From showcases like this that bring together great women, the peers and mentors who empower us, and the myriad programming put on by the Women in MassChallenge, we as female entrepreneurs feel supported in ways we didn’t think possible. The MassChallenge’s community has been integral to where we are now and where we are going in the future.