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Editor's note: ExitEvent and WRALTechWire will be cooperating in presenting news about the region's entrepreneurial sector. Today, ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman discusses a new group that hopes to help more women get involved in startups.
DURHAM, N.C. - I'm not going to recount for you the statistics. Just look around the room at a typical startup event and count the females.
It's clear that the Triangle area, like many regions, has a problem attracting women to entrepreneurship. And a key finding from last Tuesday's gathering of about 20 of the most entrepreneurial ladies in town—all passionate about the issue—is that it's taboo to talk about it.
But, hopefully, not anymore.
[Last] Tuesday's meeting at Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Durham—a grassroots event organized by Blackstone's Program Manager Sheryl Waddell and Leadership exCHANGE executive director Heather McDougall—was all about sharing the challenges these women had faced in business, brainstorming ways to make it easier on them and developing a plan to introduce more women to the field.
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