Breaking Up The Boys Club: Inside Women 2.0 Labs [video]
August 05, 2010 at 14:38 PM EDT
Women 2.0 Labs , a 5-week crash course in entrepreneurship, is somewhat of a misnomer. Although it is indeed a lab where professionals work in teams of four to develop a startup (or at least the prototype of a startup), it is far from a women's only club. Of the 20 participants, 65% are female and 35% are male--- an eclectic collection of engineers, designers, marketing professionals, and recent graduates. The goal of Women 2.0 is to promote a new reality, where women voices are not isolated or merely highlighted but seamlessly integrated into the fabric of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship. "Real innovation comes from diversity - diversity of experience, of context, of vision," says co-founder of Women 2.0, Shaherose Charania . "Gender diversity and even ethnic diversity opens up a creative environment for innovation and different ways of thinking to emerge." The program culminates tonight at a demo event in San Francisco. For more information on the program and a sneak peak at the startups, see video ahead.