Impact Hub Stockholm - Bridging Investment Gender Gap for Female Founders

Bridging Investment Gender Gap for Female Founders

Newsdesk 17/6 14:01

We are proud to announce that Steven Luna now joins our team at Impact Hub Stockholm with a mission to drive structural change and bridge the gender gap for female founders in investment.

Who is Steven Luna?

Steven Luna is an impact investor and advisor to impact startups. To date, he has advised 20+ impact ventures and invested over ? 6 million. Originally from the United States, Steven has lived in the Netherlands for the last three years. You would never know that his first line of work was actually in the film industry. His love for films led him to represent writers and directors in Hollywood. He was an assistant to Oscar-nominated production companies and later on, a Creative Executive - sourcing materials for story development. He is similar to product development in other industries.

After the global financial crisis, and with an MBA under his wing, Steven became involved with Thunderbird Emerging Laboratories and consulted companies based in South America, Asia and Africa. His involvement stretched to fundraising efforts to bring women from Afghanistan to Thunderbird School of Global Management to learn business development in order to improve their local conditions back home. It was a consulting gig in West Africa which he says first sparked his interest in pursuing sustainable business. He moved to Amsterdam to combine people, planet and profit at Pmywymic - Europe's first venture fund for businesses with a triple bottom line. He invested in female-founded companies and recently decided to move with his partner to Stockholm.

We are proud to announce that Steven Luna now joins our team at Impact Hub Stockholm to develop programs and to create a deal structure to support our organization. Steven envisions the first program to support female entrepreneurs in two internships. The first step is to have the difficult conversation with VCs to design and address unconscious biases and others within the investing world. The long-term goal is to teach female founder participants how to view the world through the lens of an investor so that when they exit the program, they become entrepreneurs-turned-investors so they will be the ones in power to drive structural change. We want to give female entrepreneurs the tools to successfully navigate a flawed system while campaigning to change it and to ultimately prepare them to be the investors to drive structural change.

"Impact for most places is a buzz. But for Impact Hub, it actually lives, breathes and believes in impact. It's important for me because it goes with my purpose. After working with impact investing companies, I really believe in the model that you can still hold social and environmental issues at your business core while still making money. They're not mutually exclusive. Impact hub is really the product that these models do to drive impact and profitability. What I'm doing now is bridging different worlds together-bringing investment and startup support together and moving into a market that is overlooked. There are lots of initiatives and lots of support for female founders to bring them into entrepreneurial roles. However, the step beyond that is, I don't want to say, but is rather thin. The support is not currently focused on getting female entrepreneurs to series A and series B with institutional investors. We want to address that gender gap."- Steven Luna, Program Manager at Impact Hub Stockholm

" To solve this mission, everyone needs to be at the table. Not just one side. Not just one sex. But everyone. " - Steven Luna

Impact Hub Stockholm recently partnered with Invest Stockholm to create a more diversified startup scene . As partners, we have committed to combining our efforts to increase entrepreneurship in the outer parts of Stockholm, as well as to take steps to encourage more women to start their own businesses.

Steven Luna, Program Manager

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Jesper Kjellerås, Managing Director


Cathy Xiao Chen, Head of Operations


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