Historically, women life scientists have engaged in entrepreneurship less often than men. Those that did create start-up businesses received less seed funding and venture capital. We will explore some of this history, which is slowly changing. Some biases and barriers still exist. We will look at ways to recognize and mitigate them. One way is to be active in organizations dedicated to supporting women scientists.
The future looks brighter as the number of women entrepreneurs in biotechnology increases with the potential for much more. There are many opportunities for women to gain support for nearly every step of the process. Funds and resources are sometimes set aside to support women entrepreneurs, and a number of organizations are dedicated to help connect you with these supports. We discuss these topics in Women as Life Scientists and Entrepreneurs and link you to many success stories.
Organizations for Women in Science
Women in Bio (WIB): WIB is “an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.”
For Women Entrepreneurs:
Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC). – Find an AWBC center near you to get training, mentoring, business development support, and financing opportunities.