Women 2.0

Women 2.0 is a global network and social platform for aspiring and current female founders of technology ventures.[1] It was founded in April 2006[2] and primarily provides an incubator for ideas program for engineers, designers, business, and marketing participants who want to launch and develop their own high-technology ventures.[3]


Founded by Shaherose Charania, Angie Chang, and Shivani Sopory,[4][5] the group organizes workshops and events aimed at helping female entrepreneurs.[6] It aims to increase the number of female entrepreneurs starting high-growth ventures through access to resources, network, and knowledge.[7] Around 80 percent of the network's members are women who are involved in startups.[8] The organization received a round of funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in October 2011.[9]


Women 2.0 offers a five-week program that involve twenty participants. Members of the team work together to produce five viable products and develop a problem hypothesis. After it is validated and a basic prototype has been created, the team applies to incubators such as Astia, TechStars, Springboard, and YCombinator, among others.[3] There is also an annual business plan competition that culminates in a Pitch Night, where finalists present their plan before a panel of judges.

In 2011, Women 2.0's mobile-focused Founder Labs became an independent organization based in San Francisco and New York City.[10]

in 2015 they started giving out awards.[11]


  1. ^ "Meet the female tech pioneers" StartUp Smart, July 2011
  2. ^ "Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ a b Coleman, Susan; Robb, Alicia (2012). A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. p. 153. ISBN 9780804773058.
  4. ^ "Flashback - Shaherose Charania and Angie Chang, Women 2.0 - The BusinessMakers Radio Show".
  5. ^ Schomer, Stephanie. "Angie Chang and Shaherose Charania, founders of Women 2.0" Fast Company. March 23, 2010.
  6. ^ Glazer, Emily. "Making Strides at Start-Ups" Wall Street Journal Online. July 5, 2011
  7. ^ Walsh, Robert (2009-12-08). The Web Startup Success Guide. New York: Apress. pp. 132. ISBN 9781430219859.
  8. ^ Stange, Mary Zeiss; Oyster, Carol K.; Sloan, Jane E. (2013-01-09). The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781452270371.
  9. ^ Le Kry, Uyen."Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Angie Chang of Women 2.0" ALIST. August 07, 2012
  10. ^ Kolodny, Lora. "Women 2.0 Spins Out, Expands Founder Labs Program To New York " Techcrunch. March 22, 2011
  11. ^ "And the Winners of the Women 2.0 Awards Are..." Women 2.0. 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2018-11-13.

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