MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Succeeding in Tech: Business Toolkit for Women Innovators

Strategies to get from ideation to execution

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Time Commitment:
6 Weeks, 7 - 10 hours per week

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Why Study Succeeding in Tech: Business Toolkit for Women Innovators?

Women in tech face significant challenges when starting their own companies: conscious and unconscious biases, structural barriers and organizational cultures of a traditionally male-dominated industry far short of gender equality. Women are discriminated against when seeking loans and investments, resulting in women-founded tech startups receiving less than 3% of all venture capital. These conditions are the main reason why women create only 10% of innovative tech startups, make up just 26% of the tech workforce and leave tech companies at more than twice the rate of men.

This course from MIT will give you the tools to overcome these barriers. You’ll learn how to develop strategies for successful fundraising for your tech startup and build a network of women role models to help you lead it to success. Research shows that women excel in most leadership skills compared to men, but still comprise only 17% of corporate board seats and 11% of senior leadership positions. This course seeks to change that – to show how to get more women on the boards of banks and VC firms, to mobilize funding for women tech entrepreneurs and to close the gender gap.


Is This Course Right for You?


This course is for women eager to learn how to fund, grow and lead tech companies. Women innovators – managers, directors, consultants – who want to build high-growth businesses while building a powerful network of business leaders will also benefit from this course.

What you will learn

  • Articulating your vision for a tech company
  • Developing a business plan for your tech company
  • Leading negotiation and investor conversations
  • Fundraising access and strategies
  • Navigate the funding landscape
  • Leadership skills
  • Growth mindset

Future dates for this course are to be confirmed.

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We teach executives as they work - in cross-functional teams. Learners participate in interactive simulations and team projects which reinforce applied learning and enhance collaboration and complex problem solving skills. If you are looking for an individually-paced course, this course is not for you.

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