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Goal 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Global Bio Fund – Supporting diverse entrepreneurs and women-led companies

University of Auckland alumna Ipshita Mandal-Johnson is the CEO of the Global Bio Fund (GBF), an impact fund with a world-leading approach to growing diverse entrepreneurs (especially women-led companies). GBF is building the world’s first seed accelerator fund focused on the best diverse entrepreneurial teams addressing global challenges in healthcare, food security and climate change.

It operates to serve a number of functions – building research and learning experiences through an open network of thought leaders and entrepreneurs, sharing knowledge through consulting and advisory services to raise capital or scale businesses, and directly investing through two vehicles: the Global Bio Xcellerator and the Global Bio Fund. Read more

Supporting more women innovators and entrepreneurs

Women are underrepresented in Business, which impacts the well-being of individuals and their families. Supporting more women entrepreneurs and innovators to thrive is about future-proofing and growing the social and economic well-being of whānau and their communities. The University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has actively sought to increase the participation of women through role modelling with communication campaigns, actively recruiting more women volunteers as mentors and speakers, and initiating social innovation programmes proven to appeal to women.

The University of Auckland has led New Zealand into a top-ranked position for women founder graduates. An international study has found that New Zealand has the world’s highest percentage of women graduates who found start-ups, at 13.4%. Of this 13.4%, almost half are from the University of Auckland. (Crunchbase international database of companies who have raised at least $1 million USD). Read more

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