Chicago’s Ms. Tech Is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Be More Successful

March 21, 2014

1:30 pm

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .COCEARevolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! 

After doing all the work to get her health care startup going, Nicole Yeary set out to raise funding. And that’s when she ran into some obstacles.

“I got stuck,” she recalls. And so do other women – according to Yeary, less than 2 percent of venture-backed startups are female-founded, and less than 5 percent of women entrepreneurs are accessing any capital.

That was the inspiration for Ms. Tech, a collaborative forum of over 700 women that was founded in 2010 as a simple Facebook group. Based in Chicago, Ms. Tech holds networking and educational events to help women grow their business, network, and resources. She sees that focus as going beyond “changing the ratio,” or trying to achieve equal representation of women.

We sat down with Yeary at the .CO headquarters at SXSW to talk about some of the challenges for women entrepreneurs and how Ms. Tech is addressing them. Here’s the video.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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