Andrea Mewaldt is looking forward to the voluntary task of mentoring young female talents and founders in Europe. The call to apply as a mentor went out to women and men in leadership positions, experienced entrepreneurs, investors, technology experts, researchers and innovators.
Andrea Mewaldt was selected as a mentor for the first cohort. "I am now very excited about the matching process until the end of September, to see which candidate I will end up with as a mentee, from which field of innovation," she says.
The "WomenTechEU" initiative was launched by the EU Commission on 8 March 2021. It is funded under the European work programme "Innovation Ecosystems" of Horizon Europe. It supports women leading deep tech start-ups in Europe and helps them develop their companies into the deep tech champions of tomorrow. "Women TechEU" aims to provide world-class coaching and mentoring for female CEOs and founders, as well as targeted funding to take their businesses to the next level.
Deep tech accounts for more than a quarter of the European start-up ecosystem, with European deep tech companies now worth a total of €700 billion. Women remain highly underrepresented in this industry.
More information on the WomenTechEU programme can be found here.