Tech Women Inspire : Roundtable

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Tech Women Inspire : Roundtable

Inspire, educate, disrupt popular beliefs and transform Belgian society in a sustainable way!

By Womenpreneur Initiative

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, May 4 · 7 - 9:30pm CEST


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 13 Oude Markt 3000 Leuven Belgium

About this event

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Womenpreneur and KU Leuven University are pleased to invite to join “Tech Women Inspire Roundtable”, we will hear from the women CEO who run tech compagnies, they will share about their professional journeys, what is missing and what is needed to foster women’s participation in tech.

As the digital world and associated professions become increasingly important in daily life and the country's economy, the digital sector in Belgium remains dominated by men. Among digital experts, only 18% are women in Belgium. The latest figures from Statbel also illustrate the under-representation of women in digital and STEM professions: 19% of computer scientists are women, and ICT managers account for only 16% of women. This under-representation of women is accompanied by an over-representation of them in less lucrative sectors, particularly in the field of personal assistance. Moreover, even within digital professions, this same gender division is observed, with women being predominantly present in the fields of culture, art, and media. This is the case, for example, with multimedia designers and web designers, who have some of the highest rates of female population, with 47% of women. In contrast, only 8% of digital start-ups in Brussels were created by women in 2018. This was half the European average, which was then 15%.

This absence of women in digital professions is all the more worrying as it is a growing sector, and it is with them that the economy of the future will be played out. Already in 2017, there was an explosion in employment thanks to digital technology, with the creation of 140,000 jobs between 2016 and 2018 predicted thanks to new technologies. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted and accelerated the role of Information and Communication Technologies in the daily life and economy of Belgium. Women are therefore not only deprived of economic opportunities, but also of the possibility of building the economic landscape of tomorrow. But women are not the only losers of this lack of inclusion: Belgian companies and the economy are also deprived of real assets. Several studies show that the inclusion of women in the digital economy and digital entrepreneurship is a growth factor. For example, a study by the Boston Consulting Group shows that venture capital remuneration increases by 12% when raised by women entrepreneurs. The exclusion of women from digital professions therefore comes at the expense of the whole of society and the Belgian economy.


Françoise Chombar, Chair Woman of Melexis

Antoinetta Mastroianni, Chief Digital & IT Officer at Proximus, Telecom Woman of the Year


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Beginning of the roundtable

Françoise Chombar

Antoinetta Mastroianni

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Drinks & networking

About the organizer

Womenpreneur, non-for-profit based in Brussels and a community of 16,000 members across 23 countries. 

We Celebrate the Female Talent, Spotlight Role Models and Create a Diverse and Inclusive Ecosystem