We are driven by the fundamental belief that in order for an industry to thrive, it must be representative of all people.
The central question for us is in fact “why not?”. We should start by asking ourselves “why shouldn’t there be more women in tech and in fintech?” By bringing different ways of leading, thinking and working to the table, women can sharpen our industry’s focus and impact on the world.
At Spotcap, we have taken it upon ourselves to help bridge the gender gap in tech and in fintech. In 2017 we launched our first campaign to bridge this gap on International Women’s Day. We asked women in fintech why we need more women in the industry and what we can do to attract them. This year, we hosted a podcast on the issue featuring four influential women in fintech, where we explored a number of issues central to the cause.
But, we didn’t want to stop there. Although we believe in the power of starting a dialogue, we also believe in making a tangible contribution, so we teamed up with Girls in Tech and the #StartherSuccess movement to cultivate the next generation of fintech engineers and innovators.
Running for Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.
The organisation strives to increase the technical and entrepreneurial capacity to inspire woman to innovate, share wisdom and have a voice within the industry, which really resonated with us. We believe that attracting more females to the field starts with education, and were excited to hear that our contribution to Girls in Tech would help them to facilitate bootcamps and run global classroom and mentorship programmes for girls and women interested in STEM. So we put on our running shoes and completed the Berlin Half-Marathon to fundraise for the organisation.
The long dash
Sunday 8 April 2018, was the day of the Berlin Half-Marathon and the Spotcap running squad was ready to roll. After months of training, fundraising and campaigning the team, made up of employees from our HQ here in Berlin, and our local offices, conquered the grueling track. Running may seem like an individual sport, but actually, it’s similar to running a business. You could do it on your own, but you’ll achieve so much more with a team!
Our runners wanted to raise 1000USD for Girls in Tech, and on the day of the race they were about half-way there. Myself and the others runners are happy to report that we were able to reach that goal thanks to a very generous donation from Spotcap. Thank you to Spotcap, and to everyone who supported us, for making a contribution to bridging the gender gap within the technology industry.
For more information or to get on board, please check out our team fundraising page.
Originally published May 8 2018 , updated August 31 2018