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Sejal Hathi, Tara Roberts and America Ferrera at Women in the World Conference. (Marc Bryan-Brown)

Building Blocks

Meet Girltank, the Social Network for Female Entrepreneurs

Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts are helping women struggling to launch a business get off the ground—and make a difference once they do.

Most of the female change-makers around the globe are working in isolation. Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts founded Girltank, an online social network for female entrepreneurs, to let these women know that there are others like them out there. Girltank, Roberts explained to moderator America Ferrera at the end of day two of the 2013 Women in the World Summit, not only connects female entrepreneurs with one another, it allows these women to learn from others’ experiences and crowd-source fundraising for their projects. 

“We’ve found that no matter what country, what stage of venture, no matter what field of venture, every woman change agent is struggling with financing,” Roberts said. “It’s not getting just the money, but managing the money to build something strong and amazing.”

The women Girltank caters to aren’t simply looking to start businesses—they’re looking to make a difference. One participant, for example, founded an organization called Black Girls Code, with the mission of changing the gender and racial makeup of the technology community to help more women and more minorities to work with companies like Google and Facebook.

So what is the ultimate hope for Girltank? “We envision it as the go-to hub for women and girls to get the support they need to make things happen,” said Hathi. “We believe all young women around the world are a movement of change makers, and we are trying to empower that movement, to build a sisterhood of change makers that can make the world a better place.”

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