CRL’s International Women’s Day celebrations started early, with a female member of our team and two of the incredible female members of our Accelerator cohort heading over to Global Academy on 5 March to give a talk as part of their careers week. CRL’s Genevieve and the wonderful Yaagni Patel of Y-Heels and Alecia Esson of NxSteps headed over to the media-focused college to discuss all things entrepreneurship. Global Academy student, Aiden, had been tasked with hosting the event and writing the questions for it, which extended the event’s underlying theme of female empowerment! We were so pleased to both showcase the incredible female talent within CRL, but also hopefully inspire a future generation of female entrepreneurs.
Aiden’s initial questions focused on both Alecia and Yaagni’s products – a high heeled shoe with a detachable heel and a smart insole for runners – and how they decided they were the ideas they wanted to progress with. Their answers centred around the need to validate their products, and also that the ‘lightbulb moment’ doesn’t really exist, in that hard work is needed to make any product a reality.
Discussion moved onto how things can be different for you as a women in the tech / hardware industry. Alecia was very open and expressed that she’s occasionally had people explain her product back to her, despite coming up with it! There was discussion around the need to stick up for yourself, and not make yourself ‘quiet and small’ and take up the space you deserve, even if people don’t like it.
After the event, both Yaagni and Alecia filmed video interviews with Global Academy students. Yaagni offered perhaps the most poignant advice in her interview:
CRL’s Accelerator is open for applications and we would like to a strong presence of female entrepreneurs amongst our next cohort.
Please remember you can catch Alecia and Yaagni at our demo day on 14 March.