Greentech Europe 2022 want to support gender-diverse greentech innovation – Applications are now open! (Sponsored)

Traditionally, women have been marginalised in tech spheres and their contributions silenced. Today, all-female founding teams currently receive less than 1% of funding. This needs to change, and fast. 

Whilst women’s participation in tech development is beginning to rise in many sectors, one sector that’s still lagging behind is greentech. According to the OECD, women make up just 13% of environmental innovators. The gravity of the climate crisis, and the knowledge that women, will be disproportionately affected, begs the question; how can we solve the world’s biggest problems if we are excluding women’s voices from the conversation?

To tackle this head-on, Visa Foundation and Village Capital are excited to partner on the Greentech Europe 2022 Emerging Futures Initiative

Supporting gender-diverse greentech innovation, this initiative is dedicated to supporting gender diverse ventures creating sustainable economic, environmental and social solutions across Europe. 

And applications for Emerging Futures, Greentech Europe 2022 are now open!

The Greentech Europe 2022 Emerging Futures track is for founders working on a for-profit market-based solution that tackles a sustainability challenge in Europe. The founding team must be gender diverse to be eligible. Launching in June 2022, and running for 12 weeks,  Emerging Futures support 50 early-stage startups), providing them withexpert advice, network support,  and online self paced investment readiness curriculum to allow them to thrive – and in turn, help close the gender financing and resource gap in the region.

Eligibility at a glance: 

  • A for-profit market-based solution that tackles a sustainability challenge in Europe, especially Southern Europe
  • Operations in or have the ability to expand the business to the EMEAA or European market
  • Have at least one full-time founder based in EMEAA or Europe, and Co-Founders to have 50%+ female representation or more than 25% of the senior leadership team to be female
  • Have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)

Applications will close at midnight on 19th April 2022. Apply here – applications are assessed on a rolling basis, so apply early. More information and application information can be found here.