UK Funding and STEM Research

By Maya Plentz Watch Dr. Rachel Oliver, Professor of Material Science, University of Cambridge, at the UK Parliament, speaking to the Science and Technology Commission, where she makes a request for review of UK funding mechanisms for #Research and #Innovation, to uncover biases that prevent women and minorities to access said funds. UK House of…

Venture Capital Funding

Geneva, 10thApril 2019 Follow me on Twitter @MayaPlentz  By Maya Plentz We have seen businesses all over the globe reckon with issues of accountability in the year 2018. It is great that so many in the tech sector are owning-up their share of responsibility on making our societies just and inclusive. We are only getting started. We, as…

Information Economy Report 2011 

By Maya Plentz How to leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to create real economic impact in developing countries? By bridging the digital gap between small and large enterprises. In order to accelerate private sector development governments must make the inclusion of ICTs a priority through investment in broadband infrastructure and building trust among entrepreneurs…

Business Insider UK Tech 100

London, January 2016 By Maya Plentz Business Insider UK celebrated London’s tech with a list of its 100 top influencers.   This is the second year that the American business, celebrity,  and tech news website publishes the list.  Last year there were only 50 on the list.  2016 brings that number to 100. And while there…

Women and Venture Capital

Geneva, 2018 By Maya Plentz In 2016, only 7% of the partners in venture capital firms in the US were women, and just 1.9% of venture capital funding went to female founders. How can we change this landscape? There was a little bit of progress in 2017, reported an article by Fortune magazine: “all-women teams…

Research and Innovation

Geneva, March 2018 By Maya Plentz  How to make sure more women receive public funds for research? We must make sure that more than simply voicing our outrage on social media platforms we hold governments, corporations, and venture capital firms accountable in the sense of sponsoring, funding, and granting the necessary financial means to women…

Carlos Moedas on Horizon Europe

“Horizon 2020 was around €77 billion. If you subtract the United Kingdom, because the United Kingdom was a big part of the programme, that would be €67 billion. And today the programme we are putting forward is €100 billion. €100 billion for 27 countries compared with €67 billion for 27 countries. You are talking about the biggest increase in absolute amounts ever.”