EM-U #96: Panel discussion: Women in entrepreneurship

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Gender diverse teams make better decisions, are more productive, and have better results. Still, only 12.3 % of US dollars invested in companies in 2018 went to teams with both men and women in the founding team - and 17 out of 20 US dollars went to teams of men only! [1]

How do we inspire more women to think about entrepreneurship and technology as desirable and attainable choices for our careers? How do we increase the gender diversity in founding teams, and ultimately make better solutions, solve greater challenges, and have higher impact on society?

Join us together with Women in Technology at CERN for this panel discussion about women in entrepreneurship, and learn more about what we all can do to increase gender diversity in our teams. 


  • Marija Musja, Founder of Empowerment Lab
  • Giovanna Dipasquale, medical physicist at HUG
  • Kim Jordi, Co-Founder of Ignite That Spark
  • Jonathan Andrew, Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy

Marija Musja is a human rights lawyer and activist, with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. From 2013 to 2015 she worked on high profile cases for Amnesty International and the Big Hearts Foundation, securing grant funding and developing campaigns. In 2016 she founded Empowerment Lab, bringing coding and media training to girls in developed and developing countries, thereby defending the latter’s right to dream.

Giovanna Dipasquale took part in the Medipix collaboration in 1999 and 2000, and has been wokring as a medical physicist at Geneva University Hospital since 2003. Here she has developed a 3D printed device to improve the accuracy of radiotherapy for breast cancer patients. Last year, she won the BioInnovation Incubator Prize at the BioInnovation Day at Campus Biotech for her invention, and and she is now working on bringing the invention to market.

Kim Jordi is a visionary project manager and strategy advisor, helping executives, activists and entrepreneurs create positive impact through ethical, people-centered and efficiency-driven solutions. Last year, she co-founded Ignite That Spark with her serial entrepreneur father Michel Jordi to promote entrepreneurship and to encourage people of all ages to develop their entrepreneurial skills, broaden their career opportunities and to potentially take the leap into creating their own company. Today, she shares what it was like growing up with a driven serial entrepreneur and how it served her to develop her entrepreneurial mindset.

Dr. Jonathan Andrew works as Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy, where he conducts research on the intersection of IT with human rights law. He previously worked at the European University Institute as Project Manager for SURVEILLE, a cross-disciplinary collaborative research project focusing on the impact of the surveillance of mobile devices on freedom of movement, assembly and association. Jonathan has also worked as a Senior Legal Adviser with the Danish Refugee Council. His professional experience includes working in a Bay Area start-up and consulting in IT and business process re-engineering.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Silje Uhlen Maurset from CERN Knowledge Transfer. 


After the panel, we continue the discussion over refreshments in R1.


Learn more about entrepreneurship at CERN and Women in Technology at CERN.

[1] fortune.com/2019/01/28/funding-female-founders-2018/


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