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Helsinki funds programme for aspiring female tech entrepreneurs

Promoting diversity in the tech and startup scene is key for any city or country seeking to rise to or stay at the forefront of innovation.

Susanna Lehto / Business Finland

The City of Helsinki has granted funding from its innovation fund to a programme helping women to launch, grow and scale technology startups.

Organised by Tech Nordic Advocates (TNA), the largest technology startup ecosystem in Northern Europe, the international programme will be launched officially at Slush 2021 in Helsinki between 1 and 2 December.

The two-year programme will kick off early next year, offering the participants counsel, one-to-one mentoring and skills development from experts from around the world and access to capital, relevant events and networks. The objective is to tackle the key challenges standing in the way of women aspiring to found technology startups.

In September, Tech Nordic Advocates organised an event in Copenhagen to announce the next phase of the Danish women-in-tech growth programme. Image: Tech Nordic Advocates / Katrine Heller

It is supported by a partner network made up of NewCo Helsinki, Helsinki Partners, Magnusson, London Stock Exchange, KPMG and Global Tech Advocates.

Tommo Koivusalo, board chairperson at TNA and head of NewCo Helsinki, stressed that Helsinki and Finland must succeed in promoting female entrepreneurship and diversity in general in technology in order to remain at the forefront of global technology innovation.

“The City of Helsinki’s funding will enable talented, ambitious local female entrepreneurs to take it to the next level,” he said.

By: Aleksi Teivainen