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Why Supernovas? Unleashing women's potential

EIT Food, EIT manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility join forces in SUPERNOVAS to bring more women into the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We empower woman-led start-ups, enable women to join the early-stage funding industry and inspire role models across the sector.

SUPERNOVAS seeks to unleash the potential of women, in order to break barriers and increase female presence in the entrepreneurship, innovation and investment ecosystem.

Women are currently very underrepresented both in deep-tech entrepreneurship and venture investment, and these two facts reinforce each other:

  • Only 15% of deeptech startups are founded or co-founded by women
  • Women-led startups raise less funding that their male counterparts – across Europe, only 2% of venture capital goes to all-female teams and around 5% to mixed teams.
  • Venture Capitals lack gender diversity globally: 85% of investment committees are all-male and only 13% of VC partners are female

We aim to help change this picture by: by helping build the next generation of women-led deeptech startups and giving women in the early stages of their career access to roles in both the entrepreneurial and investment sides of the ecosystem. We hope some of them will, through this experience, consider becoming entrepreneurs themselves. And we will support the women who have already taken the step to found their businesses fulfil that role and scale-up their businesses.