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DON’T MISS SAPRadio Overcoming Hurdles as a Female Entrepreneur – on Coffee Break with Game Changers– November 16 at 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT – Follow the show on Twitter: #SAPRadio.

Start-ups breathe innovation into old, antiquated societies and markets where inefficiencies are replaced with efficiency and stagnation is substituted with innovation. For example, Facebook has reconnected long-lost friends and families and forged a path for new friendships between people who may never physically meet. Nearly a third of the world’s population has a Facebook account and it is the place where 40% of Americans and 66% of all Facebook users catch up on news and current events, more so than any other outlet.

Sounds wonderful, right?  Well, it is wonderful but only for some. Ninety-five percent of venture capital funds go to male-founded businesses. That means if you are a woman founder, you have to share 5% of the pie.  This is a problem because venture money as well as angel investments represent the capital needed to fund the leaders who have the vision and ability to solve big problems that impact a lot of people.  What does this mean?  If a young Harvard co-ed created Facebook in her dorm room, you wouldn’t be able to get your news or make and maintain connections so easily with your friends and family around the globe.

When we consider that nearly half the population of entrepreneurs is women, what is standing in the way?  The answer is access. Not better access, equal access. The radio show will cover the challenges and opportunities experienced by female high-growth entrepreneurs, including:

  • Areas of convergence and divergence in the female and male entrepreneur experience
  • Critical components to driving toward equity in venture and angel funding
  • Role of unconscious bias in enabling equal access to power and influence
  • Trends in the entrepreneurial ecosytem that impact gender equity
  • What has to change in order to increase funding in and representation of women founders

Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she talks with panelists:

  • Kerrie MacPherson – Ernst & Young principal and Executive Sponsor of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. Follow Kerrie and her team on Twitter at @EY_WinningWomen
  • Kat Vorotova – Co-Founder, Try The World. Follow Kate and her team on Twitter at @KatVorotova and @trytheworld
  • Patti FletcherSAP SuccessFactors Solution Management and co-leader of the Diversity and Inclusion product initiative. Thought leader, advocate, Astia Angel Investor, Astia Board Member and coach on topic of women in the c-suite, boardroom, and high growth entrepreneurship. Follow her and her teams on Twitter at @pkfletcher, @astiaglobal, and @astiaangel
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