In 2006, Shaherose Charania, a former Vancouver native who now lives and works in San Francisco, realized that she was often the only girl in the room at tech events.
“In many emerging markets, women entrepreneurs are pervasive,” she says. “But I discovered it was less so in North America.”
And so, Charania and a friend co-founded and launched Women 2.0 as a monthly networking event which began in their colleagues’ apartments. Today, Women 2.0 City Meetups take place all over the U.S., in Latin America and the U.K. City Meetups have also recently launched in Vancouver. This week, the first-ever, sold out Women 2.0 City Meetup with take place in Toronto on Thursday at the MasterCard Canada offices.
According to Charania, Women 2.0 City Meetups are an opportunity for anyone in the tech industry (both women and men) to network with others in the local technology ecosystem which includes investors, startup founders and executives. Charania says the purpose of the event is for attendees to get inspired, build new relationships and drive change.
City Meetup Toronto events will be held every first Thursday of the month. Toronto City Meetup attendees this week will hear from Women 2.0 CEO, Shaherose Charania, and MasterCard Canada President, Betty Devita.
Women 2.0 is also a media brand designed for the next generation of technology leaders. Women 2.0 creates content, community and events for aspiring and current innovators in technology.