According to the latest iteration of CrunchBase's yearly study
on female founder representation in U.S.-based startups, only 17 percent of companies had at least one female founder in 2017 — the same percentage found in CrunchBase's first study on the subject in 2009! When it comes to funding, the image is slightly encouraging with women capturing a little more venture capital for their companies last year than in previous years, as Fortune
highlights. On all fronts, female-led startups still have a long way to go. For women not born in the U.S., the road to entrepreneurship is paved with added obstacles. In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we're gathering a panel of promising international female founders and VCs to shed light onto — and offer constructive solutions to — the continued lack of representation of women in tech leadership roles. Led by Adriana Gascoigne
, founder and CEO of renowned international organisation Girls in Tech, our panelists will discuss the shortage of VC funding going to female-led companies and other unique roadblocks female founders face in tech, share their most effective coping mechanisms and strategies, their advice for women starting their own companies, and more. As always, we will open the discussion up to the audience. Please bring your questions for our panelists!