Women have faced an uphill battle in the movement to gain equal standing in the workforce, and STEM industries have been notoriously difficult to break into.
While women comprise 47 percent of the workforce in the U.S., they hold less than 25 percent of the jobs in STEM industries. The gap only widens at the top where women make up just 2 percent of tech CEOs.
Women seeking opportunities in STEM industries face numerous barriers, from wide gaps across genders in STEM education to obtaining capital for entrepreneurial startups. Currently only 15 percent of startups are founded by women, and the Clean Energy Trust wants to help change that.
Clean Energy Trust is proud to support women in clean tech as we keep taking steps towards breaking through this glass ceiling.
At the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge, we are offering a $25,000 Female Founder Prize, sponsored by ComEd. It is the 4th year in a row ComEd has sponsored this award – and it underscores both our commitments to supporting women in the STEM and Energy fields.
Meet some of our female entrepreneurs paving the way for women in the clean tech industry.
Lauren Flanagan, Current Motors
Lauren is the executive Chair at Current Motor, one of the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge Finalists. She has invested in over 40 companies and has been named to BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Angels in Tech. Her investments are focused on companies founded by women or that include at least one woman in a c-level position.
Vicki Gonzalez, Nexmatix
Vicki is the CEO of Nexmatix, also one of the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge Finalists. She has invested in 5 startups, including a company that was a 2015 finalist at last year’s challenge. Vicki says with her investments she goes where the opportunities are, but she also wants to leave the world a better place. And it runs in her family, her daughter is very passionate about sustainability.