The next generation of Swedish startups is starting to scale up, but rather than simply trying to replicate what their international trailblazer predecessors have achieved, they are actually going to become more successful, innovative, and important to the world.
Women remain a scant minority of venture capitalists and startup founders. At Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference, women VCs argue that those who want to see serious returns will hire and fund more women.
The entrepreneurial journey has its unfair share of unwanted hindrances which may be political, socially, economically, or even sexually demeaning. However, it is in the intrinsic nature of a woman to endure and times are such that endurance can be transformed to empowerment as each barrier is broken bit by bit.
The key ingredient to a healthy startup ecosystem isn’t just access to capital, although that is a very important piece. Culture — particularly one that encourages risk-taking, density and talent — also plays an important role.