A recent TechCrunch article showed that amongst major tech employers, women only represent 25 to 45 percent of their entire workforce. That’s not so great. Here at TechCrunch, diversity is central to our mission. We believe everyone should have access to the immense possibilities of the tech world, and we are confident technology businesses will benefit from a more diverse workforce. To help bring these values to life, we are excited to partner with GeekGirl Meetup UK for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 5-6 to help spread the word and bring these values to life.
Like GeekGirl Meetup, TechCrunch aims to inspire by providing a visible platform for women. At Disrupt London, we’ve featured strong female speakers like Passion Capital’s Eileen Burbidge, Accel’s Sonalie De Rycker, and former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes. At our most recent Disrupt, our daily judging panels were 47% women; and for the first time ever, women judges actually outnumbered the men during the big Startup Battlefield Finale.
TechCrunch is about making the tech world accessible. TechCrunch’s Include program provides female founders and other underrepresented members of the tech world with VC office hours, a contact directory, and informative articles. At Disrupt, members of our Include program can be seen all over the place as speakers, hackers, entrepreneurs, and sponsors.
Our partnership with GeekGirl Meetup UK for Disrupt London will help increase the visibility of female founders and women in tech across the entire startup ecosystem. As a special offer to the GeekGirl Meetup community, we would like to give you a discount of £150 when you buy your attendee tickets with promo code GEEKGIRL@LND. We can’t wait to see you there!