Media and event company Women 2.0 has announced that it is partnering search giant Google to support the startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the United States and around the world. Both companies will jointly be investing in activities that foster innovation and supporting startups, beginning with Women 2.0‘s signature networking event Founder Friday.
First started in San Francisco, Founder Friday events draw an average of 350 attendees and take place the first Friday of every month, providing the opportunity for female entrepreneurs to interconnect while listening to valuable keynote speeches from local female founders. The event – which is currently held in cities such as San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Austin, New York, Boston, Madrid (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Bogota (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), Vancouver (Canada) – will be extended to include Detroit, Michigan and Mexico City, Mexico on November 16, followed by Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Moscow, Russia. To date, Women 2.0 has held over 200 Founder Friday events in 30 global cities.
“Google is excited to team up with Women 2.0 to expand its Founder Friday events series nationally and internationally next year,” says Mary Grove, Head of Entrepreneurship Outreach at Google. “We’re looking forward to hosting these important gatherings in Google offices around the world and working together to help female entrepreneurs turn their ideas into innovative, sustainable businesses.”
“The engine for job creation and technology leadership begins and ends with investment in the entrepreneurial community,” adds Shaherose Charania, CEO and co-founder, Women 2.0. “Female founders are a driving force for the creation and usage of technologies that generate jobs. We’re excited, with the help of Google, to create effective support systems that will reinvigorate innovation around the world.”