To celebrate the Women in Tech Week 2017, FiBAN (Finnish Business Angels Network) organized a Pitch Night for Female Founders. Anna-Maria was pitching Disior with ten other female-led companies at different stages of growth.
Gender diversity was the key theme for the night. But the “company diversity” was exciting, too. Apart from Slush and Arctic 15, this was one of the rare occasions, where we get to see pitches and presentation outside of Med Tech. A real eye-opener to see how to cover common in a room full of people, who all have different backgrounds and focus.
Keys to a good pitch? Drop the tech-talk. Crystallize the message. Tell a story… Easier said than done when you have the office tables piled with medical and mathematical research papers and Doctors of those same fields taking the chairs. For us, every week is a Women in Tech -week!
Before the pitches, Helleke Heikkinen from FiBAN gave an inspirational speech on the numbers of the Women in Startups. As there are no official records, it’s hard if not impossible to get the official numbers in Finland. And the US statistics were grim: only 5% of the owners in startups, and 7% of partners at top100 venture capital firms are women. It seems that Finland is doing better than that, and FiBAN is working on getting some numbers to back this. At Disior, we are fortunate to have both men and women as founders, owners and investors in the company. Thank you Helleke and Pia Erkinheimo for putting up the event!