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The Influencers: Marian Johnson

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International Women’s Day just passed and I’m thinking about why it’s hard to get a long list together of female startup founders in Christchurch.

The scarcity of female founders is a global issue and to appreciate the size of the problem here’s a few stats to consider: 83 percent of all venture capital investment goes to all-male founder teams, 12 percent goes to mixed gender teams and only a tiny four percent goes to all-female teams.

We also know that investor teams are mostly male. In the UK, 48 percent of VC teams are all-male with only 13 percent having a female senior executive.

The majority of startups attracting capital are technology-based and fewer than 26 percent of tech employees are women.

Attitudes to risk differ amongst the sexes, with men showing as more pro-risk than women.

High growth startups are inherently risky so maybe an aversion to risk is also one of the factors for why female founders are rarer than male.

But companies with female leaders are 12 percent more profitable than their counterparts.

We also know that, according to Pew Research, women are 34 percent better at working out compromises and 34 percent more likely to be honest and ethical.

Whether the problem is unconscious bias, lack of representation in ‘startup’ sectors, or gender profiles, we must get behind our female founders and give them the connections and opportunity they need to level up and, in doing so, benefit us all.


Female entrepreneur event kicks off

A number of New Zealand’s leading lights in the purpose-driven entrepreneurial space are coming together to offer Kiwi women thought provoking, possibly life-changing, action packed events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.



The March events are guaranteed to inspire, engage, connect and help participants better understand their true purpose and how important this is, not only for everyday living, but specifically for entrepreneurship.

With ‘purpose’ listed by the New Zealand Institute of Directors as the second most important issue for directors in 2020, international businesswoman and founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Catherine van der Meulen was inspired to run the event series for current and would-be Kiwi entrepreneurs.

She had met many during her business travels since moving to New Zealand from Sydney last year.

Each event is jam-packed with keynote speakers, networking opportunities, hands-on sessions, including a passion with purpose workshop, networking connector session and a range of inspiring speakers from Kiwi female entrepreneurs walking the talk.

“There are more Kiwi women in New Zealand than ever before launching their own businesses and this event series will champion these women, offering advice, training and coaching to help them reach the next level,” explains specialist trainer and coach, and B Corp Ambassador for New Zealand, Tim Jones from ‘Grow Good’.

“The Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose events will also inspire and support women who need help taking their first steps to turn a business dream into a reality.”

The Christchurch event is being held Wednesday, 11 March at the PwC Centre, Level 4, 60 Cashel Street from 9am-1pm.

Tickets cost $150, plus booking fee, with $50 from the sale of each ticket going to the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand to support the Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific.