About Women Who Wow
We strongly believe that our entrepreneurship programmes are stronger and better with a better gender ratio. We are actively encouraging more female students with an interest in innovation, business, or social enterprise to apply for LaunchBox, Trinity's Student Summer Accelerator, in 2019.
Statistically, startups with a gender-diverse Board or founding team are more successful than startups without gender diversity, yet despite this we don’t receive applications from nearly as many gender-diverse or all-female teams as we do all-male.
We’d like to see that change. Building on the success of the first two years of the programme, we are running Women Who Wow again this year. Women Who Wow is a mentorship programme aimed at female students who are interested in setting up their own business or social venture. We want to match you with an experienced, accessible mentor who has been where you are now and can help and advise you along the way.
Almost half-of female founders in startups cited a lack of available mentors or advisers as holding them back (Inc.com) – we want to make sure that Trinity students don’t face this particular barrier.
A mentor can play an important role at any stage in a woman’s career, but it is particularly important in the early stages. From mentorship you gain invaluable expertise, access to a network, support and encouragement, as well as an outsider’s objective perspective on your goals and how best to reach them.
Mentorship works best when you have thought about what would be most useful for you to learn or reflect upon. An event with potential mentees will help to concretise this for all participants through emphasis on everyone’s individual goals for the future, and objectives for the mentorship scheme. This clarity also helps to ensure that you are matched with the correct mentor.