the solutions you don't have may come from the voice you haven't heard
Shaping more diverse and inclusive
Those outside of the current founder demographic might hold the answers we’ve been looking for.
The importance of diversity in entrepreneurship can not be overestimated. When entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and perspectives build successful businesses, they generate impact that benefits all of society, by tackling problems they know from personal experience and want to help solve.
In order to unlock the true potential of entrepreneurship as a vehicle for change, we need diverse perspectives and people from diverse backgrounds to start building businesses that ensure a positive future in which we are able to tackle complex challenges through inclusive problem-solving capabilities.
That is why diversity and inclusion are vital to the sustained success of any startup ecosystem. Unfortunately, European startup ecosystems still lack diversity and are hardly inclusive. The existing ecosystems are still very homogenous and although many startup supporting initiatives acknowledge the problem and actively challenge the status quo, they still struggle to find or attract startups with diverse founders.
Let's bend the course of history
Because, what if together we can create waves instead of ripples?
About the Alliance
Members of the #Beatingtheodds Alliance are committed and actively working to promote diversity and inclusion within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, spanning not only gender but focusing on the broader sense of diversity, including people with diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and of different abilities amongst others.
The Alliance aims to unite all relevant stakeholders over the urgent need to make our European startup ecosystems more diverse and inclusive, starting with Belgium. It intends to lay the foundations for an ambitious European wide action plan made for scale and replication.
By rallying different parties behind a shared goal and spreading the message as far and wide as possible, we aim to create more awareness and motivate interested parties to join this alliance, thus creating a ripple effect towards impact on a larger scale.
Change The Narrative
by making diverse representation across leadership and decision-making positions in our startup ecosystems a priority and by empowering more role models from diverse backgrounds to inspire and motivate tomorrow's talent.
Level The Playing Field
by providing underrepresented founders equal access to opportunities, entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, funds and support network to start and launch a successful company.
Interested in becoming an ally?
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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