Female Entrepreneurship, the Hot Topic at SxSW V2V

Written by CristinaQ Published in
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"We need a broad entrepreneurial economy to continue to sustain," says AOL Co-Founder, Steve Case during his keynote presentation at SxSW V2V. Not just in industry, but also in gender and ethnicity. Gender topics and diversity have always seeded controversy in business, but now more than ever, we're seeing both men and women equally pushing for more equality in the workforce - especially on the topic of entrepreneurship.

One way to grow and fulfill the talent pipeline is to explore. And according to Regan Carrizales, CEO of Silicon Prairie News, female youth, both in the United States and abroad, is the solution to foster innovation on a global scale. In a very packed UP Global LIVE panel, it was apparent that growth in entrepreneurial diversity has been a direct result of businesses taking action to educate, accelerate and empower the entrepreneurial economy.

Women accounted for a big portion of the pie at SxSW V2V. Not just as attendees, but also as speakers, mentors, VCs and media. Electrically charged panels such as How Not to Suck as a CEO, The Impact of Angel Investors, Equity Crowdfunding, Partnerships with Impact and Leveraging Diversity, were amongst many sizable discussions led by female entrepreneurs.

"Today, women are expanding the notion of what's possible and crushing stereotypes," says Rachel Payne, CEO of Fem-Inc.com. Even Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, highlighted the success stories of female led businesses as part of his wildly invigorating keynote describing his Downtown Project. Coterie, a first of its kind hybrid fashion boutique is breaking boundaries by giving shoppers and non-shoppers a place to hangout, sip cocktails and brainstorm, and Eats, a restaurant serving only breakfast and lunch, has tripled its projections in only nine months. We haven’t even mentioned yet the incredible turnout at our SxSW V2V sponsored XX party created to celebrate female entrepreneurship.

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 Women's Report, an estimated 126 million women started or ran new businesses in 67 economies last year. The numbers aren’t just growing, they’re skyrocketing, and the astounding presence of female leadership at last week's SxSW V2V conference was a clear indication of a bright entrepreneurial future for more women to come.


Cristina Quitania has vast experience is in digital marketing and event strategy, with a craving to tailor experiences that support the needs of her clients. She has a special passion for accelerating the future for fashion + tech.

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