Spotlighting women in tech has become such a pervasive theme in the media, but we rarely hear about female business leaders in emerging nations.

In an effort to ignite female entrepreneurship on a global level, Google has announced a partnership with Women 2.0, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to supporting female founders.

The organization’s first joint initiative will be to bring Women 2.0’s signature networking event to cities around the world. ‘Founder Friday,’ a meetup for female entrepreneurs that involves a keynote address, will begin in Detroit, Michigan, and Mexico City, followed by Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Moscow, Russia.


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In San Francisco, where Women 2.0 hosts regular events, a typical ‘Founder Friday’ is attended by 350 people. Shaherose Charania, CEO and co-founder of the organization, said events like these are inspiring women to form communities and start companies. “Female founders are a driving force for the creation and usage of technologies that generate jobs,” she explained.

Mary Grove, Head of Entrepreneurship Outreach at Google said in a statement, “We’re looking forward to hosting these important gatherings in Google offices around the world and working together to help female entrepreneurs turn their ideas into innovative, sustainable businesses.”

This is part of a bigger push to support entrepreneurship on a global level, according to Google. Today, the company announced the launch of Google For Entrepreneurs, a set of programs to support startups around the world. The focus will be to partner with local communities and organizations, like Women 2.0. It’s a great recruitment tool, sure, but the company will also provide tools and resources to startups to help them grow. The search giant has also partnered with Startup Weekend and iHub in Kenya.

To read more about inspirational female leaders, meet the women of Forbes’ Midas list here. 

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