So we spotted that the technation report was out last week and all the great news about Bristol being a great place for tech investment, but we didn’t really see anyone mentioning the elephant in the room. See if you can spot it…
Seriously though is it not a bit shocking? We’ve taken a look back at their previous reports but this appears to be the first one with a diversity count. Last years was all about money and the year before was about networking and meetups. There should be one counting how many meetups are now run by recruiters as that’s been the last 2 years growth in meetups in Bristol that we’ve been seeing, and less independently run ones, which is a shame.
As we’ve said from the start, it’s not a case of just pushing more girls through the education system into the industry, it’s also about stopping the large dropout. When the IET bought out the 9%isnotenough campaign we noticed the next year that the number we believe had actually gone down to 8% – although the way the stats were calculated had changed and was reported as 11%. We’ve long suggested that rather than look at growing the number, the real issue is to stop it bottoming out and it seems we still have a long way to go!
A couple of the statements in the report:
While 49.8% of workers in the labour market as a whole are women, in tech, it’s half that, at 25.5%. When it comes to allocating funding, the disparity is even wider; only 32% of VC investment goes to founding teams with at least one woman, and only 3% to all-female teams, compared to 68% invested in companies with all-male founding teams over the last decade. 8 / 10.
Nonetheless, non-white founding teams received just 1.7% of VC investment in the UK. Black female entrepreneurs are at a higher disadvantage, receiving the lowest amount of funding this decade, at 0.02%. This equates to one black female founder – believed to be Sharmedean Reid of BeautyStack. 9 / 10
To try and make up for the lack of Women Business support here are a few support options:
- The Women in Business Charter event this Wednesday
- The new Get Social Womens Network on Facebook
- In collaboration with Tech Nation, Playfair and Google for Startups and 90 leading European VCs, we will give 250+ women founders the opportunity to meet investors to ask for advice, pitch for investment or find a mentor. Find out more here.
- Enterprising Women 2.0 is a high-impact, low engagement pre-incubation programme, fully funded by NatWest, to help early-stage women-led businesses get to the next stage. Launch event on the 22nd of April – it’s not limited to Tech
On Thursday 25th of March featuring Vanda Papafilippou “The predominant focus of her research is gender and race inequality in the workplace (esp. in male-dominated sectors such as engineering) as well as career identity and how it can be influenced by gender, race, ethnicity and social class.” You can sign up on our Meetup page here.
Keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re back this Wednesday the 24th of March with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101. For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us at email@example.com to arrange a 121.
Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it
Instagram for kids? What could possibly go wrong?!
MIT Technology Review:
Human intelligence emerges from our combination of senses and language abilities. Maybe the same is true for artificial intelligence.
BBC Tech News:
It also said it might skip the launch of the next Galaxy Note smartphone, to streamline its lineup.
You Are Not Alone 20th – 31th March 2021
Not tech but we think its worth a mention.
Do you have any mental health conditions? Have you ever tried to commit suicide? Have you lost your loved ones to suicide? Have you struggled with your identity? If so, you are in the right place. You are not alone.
Virtual Women’s Economic Empowerment TechSprint March the 22nd – 25th
We’re holding a 4-day virtual TechSprint bringing together teams of majority female regulatory, technology, data and financial services experts. The aim will be to find solutions to issues that are being made worse by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic or where women are being disproportionately affected. Through this TechSprint we aim to empower women by exploring innovation to increase women’s financial inclusion, resilience and access. See how to get involved.
The United Research Forum is honored to invites the leading academic Scientists, Researchers, Engineers, Research Scholars, Academic Professors and Students to participate at “International Conference on Advance Materials Science and Graphene Nano Technology” during 25-26 of March, 2021 at The Manchester University, UK.
Theme: Advanced Materials Science for Innovations in Technology
NDC Manchester 2021 | Conference for Software Developers March the 23rd – 26th
Inspiring Software Developers since 2008. NDC Manchester 2021 will be a hybrid in-person and online event.
The first two days will consist of deep-dive 1 and 2-day workshops. The last two days will consist of 60-minute conference talks.
This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page
As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.
Women’s Tech Hub products
Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).
Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.
Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.