The top 200 tech companies in New Zealand companies earned a combined revenue of $11.18 billion in 2018 according to the lates TIN (Technology Investment Network) Report, but how many of those companies were headed by women?
The results are mixed.
Only eight companies out of the top 200 listed in the report are led by women, which is just 4%. But things improve in the list of the 100 early stage companies profiled in the report, with 15 companies being led by women. Their companies span the spectrum of tech offerings and include an AI financial education platform (AccountingPod), commercial drone trial space and testing platform (Incredible Skies) and review software for the creative sign-off process (PageProof).
That’s an encouraging sign that the gender imbalance, that has been lamented for so long, may be starting to change, and it could be that 2019 will be the year in which more women take the lead in tech.
Meanwhile the next generation of young women are showing signs of getting more engaged in the sector if Tahi Rua Toru Tech is any indication. This is the national digital competition in schools that was run by IT Professionals with backing from the Ministry of Education. The winners of the Silver and Bronze Challenges were all-girl teams from Westlake Girls College in Auckland and John Paul College in New Plymouth respectively.
Let’s hope they go on to boost the numbers for women tech, and that more girls are encouraged to join them, as well as people from all backgrounds and interests. The widest possible variety of viewpoints are required to make products and services that interesting, beneficial or just more fun. Nature loves diversity, so why shouldn’t tech?