by Karen Griffith Gryga, Managing Partner of DreamIt Funds
For all the talk about the unique challenges female founders face, there’s been precious little action. Until now.
With nearly four years of experience increasing the diversity in the tech industry through our DreamIt Access program (in partnership with Comcast) and with women comprising fully 1/4 of our senior team, DreamIt was ready, willing, and able to tackle the challenge. All we needed was the right partner.
We found that partner in the State of Pennsylvania’s Discovered and Developed in PA Program (D2PA) which provided DreamIt with nearly $500,000 in grant money to identify the most effective approaches to helping female founders succeed. We are proud to announce the launch of DreamIt Athena as part of our DreamIt Philly Winter 2015 session, taking place in IC @ 3401 at the University City Science Center.
DreamIt is the first top-tier accelerator to tackle the challenges women entrepreneurs face, and we’re going beyond platforms for discussion and networking in addressing them:
Lack of Role Models: Women are relatively new to the entrepreneurial scene; we were only granted the right to a business credit in our own names in 1974(!). DreamIt Athena brings together an unprecedented number of women mentors and role models who have already faced and surmounted the high level of scrutiny that often placed them at a disadvantage from the start.