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The Complete Ecosystem Supporting Women-Led Tech Companies

Joshua Henderson
3 min readMar 18, 2015


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This month has given me several opportunities to help me become a better public speaker — on a NYWICI panel in NYC, at SXSW in Austin, and today at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Milan at a session called “Moving the Needle in High Growth Women’s Entrepreneurship.”

For me, public speaking is an important skill because I’m an introvert that believes big ideas will spread farther if there is a voice and not just written words. Practice makes perfect.

The honor of being asked to speak is accompanied by an important responsibility. Time is every individual’s most precious commodity, so I always feel great pressure as a speaker to make my words actionable. To provide resources or take-always that allows the audience to leave with something practical.

For the session today, I created a map of the ecosystem supporting women-led tech companies. Please comment if I’ve overlooked any organizations that share our collective mission to:

  1. Increase the number of women in tech
  2. Increase the success of women-led tech companies
  3. Increase the number of women investors

Increasing the number of women in tech

Increasing the success of women-led companies

Increasing the number of women investors

I’m the VP @ Springboard, a resource hub and community of experts helping advance the growth of women-led tech and life science companies. Follow me at @joshuahenderson or If you enjoyed this article, please click below to recommend it.



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