Initiatives across the globe are looking to inspire and encourage women to take on more leadership roles in various industries, such as construction. I have seen firsthand how women in construction are quickly demonstrating how they can change the world with innovative ideas.
Still, it comes as no surprise that new EU data shows that only 10% of women-led startups receive VC (venture capital) funding. Even with the low percentage, there has been a rise in the number of women-led startups across Europe, and one organization—Women Who Tech—announced the finalists for a startup challenge, which is being held in Paris later this month and will provide cash grants to the winning startups.
I was encouraged to see women-led and England-based Sampson Solutions earn a spot as a finalist. This company is creating bio-based construction materials from sustainable sources using a closed-loop, carbon-neutral manufacturing process.
This is simply one example. Women in all areas of construction are demonstrating they have the foresight to help lead the industry forward in today’s digital transformation. This is clearly evident among the 2018 Constructech Women in Construction winners, who are tenacious, passionate, inquisitive, and mentors driving the industry forward in new and innovative ways.
These women are helping create more profitable, safe, and productive jobsites—and with a skilled labor shortage, we need them now more than ever before to help inspire and encourage the next generation of young workers to consider construction.
This is just the beginning. Constructech is now on the hunt for women heavy equipment operators for its new award, which will recognize the most successful women who are working in the construction and mining industries. If you know someone, please consider submitting her.
The construction industry is facing a confluence of challenges that will disrupt the way business is done including the labor shortage, failing infrastructure, and digital transformation that is changing faster than ever before. Only by coming together, and recognizing the steps we are taking today, can we further address some of the hurdles the industry is facing.
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