The Feminine “Big Bang”

Some thirty experts in science, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship are due to appear in the schedule planned for the Santander WomenNOW Summit on the afternoon of Friday 29 March and the morning of Saturday 30 March to demonstrate that female talent is gaining ground in STEM areas.

Women reclaim a space in an environment that has until now been taken up by men. More effort is necessary to increase the role of the woman in the scientific field, “the fight must continue”, states Alexandra Palt, L’Oreal Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice-President of the Fundación L’Oréal, a body which works to promote female participation in science. Through the programme For Women in Science, created in 1998 in collaboration with UNESCO, doctoral and post-doctoral grants have been given to more than 3,000 young researchers in 117 countries.

The promotion of science among women and children is essential in order to have a generation of innovative leaders. Santander WomenNOW Summit, the congress in Madrid organised by Taller de Editores-Vocento and which will be held on 28, 29 and 30 March, wants to contribute to giving innovative women more spotlight and they are being dedicated one of the three spaces: InnoSpace, a place where talent and experiences can be shared, networking can take place and the main experts in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship can be listened to.

One of the specialists invited to the event is Lola Solana, Equity Asset Management at Santander Asset Management, who will take the lead in the session “Five References for Entrepreneurs... and for my Daughter”, and another is Soledad Antelada, computer systems engineer in the Cyber Security Division at Berkeley National Lab and founder of GirlsCanHack, an organisation that supports women in the technology sector in general and seeks a greater female presence in the world of cybersecurity.

Business Angels in Europe
To promote networking and the exchanging of ideas, InnoSpace will welcome the Business Angels in Europe meeting, which will see the participation of, among others, Swedish Ronja Koepe, angel investor and entrepreneur and co-founder of the brand Investpodden. Koepke will also be joined by speakers such as Israelis Iren Reznikov, partner at Red Capital Partners and Noa Muzzafi, co-founder of Guan She, who will discuss the presence of women in the world of technological entrepreneurship.

Another of the meetings that will be held within the InnoSpace will be that of the madri+d Network of Mentors, which will put founders of scientific and technological start-ups in contact with mentors with a large professional career who will support them in areas such as negotiation and communication, sales and marketing approaches, managing expansion and the management of teams. The InnoSpace schedule on Saturday will get under way with the session “Disconnect to Reconnect” in which Mercedes de la Rosa, acknowledged yogi and Spanish communicator and creator of the Free Yoga movement, will offer advice about how to boost the ability and confidence of entrepreneurs.

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