About Us

STEM to Market is a two-part program that galvanizes inclusive and productive STEM entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Advancing Women in STEM.

Based on our research on STEM innovation and entrepreneurship, organizational and cultural change, mentoring, and implicit bias, we know that inclusion challenges cannot be addressed solely by offering skills or exposure to women who might be entrepreneurs. Rather, STEM women seeking commercial opportunities encounter a host of cultural intrinsic biases along their pathways to launching successful ventures.

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These biases occur across the entrepreneurship ecosystem including: patent generation and citation, technology transfer, business ownership, self-employment, employment by startups, access to capital, movement into leadership, training environments, and reward structures. Without addressing these deeply rooted biases and barriers throughout the entire ecosystem, we merely inspire interest in an unhealthy system that is inequitably difficult to navigate and, at times, hostile to the presence of women entrepreneurs.

Instead, STEM to Market addresses these complex challenges by providing entrepreneurial awareness, skills, and support to a diversity of STEM women while also empowering key-decision makers, investors, and funders with the knowledge and tools necessary to address systemic issues that have inhibited access and inclusion. STEM to Market addresses each ecosystem holistically so as not to create a single cohort of successful entrepreneurs, but to cultivate reformed systems that will consciously seek to ensure inclusion and diversity for years to come.

Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary and cross-sector organization supporting women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. From our policy work on the Hill to the research we conduct to the programming we offer, AWIS has a demonstrated record of advancing the success of women in STEM. Through the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from 2017-2019, AWIS piloted a new program, STEM to Market, in three geographic regions: Washington, DC; the Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area; and Chicago. STEM to Market builds on AWIS’ 49-year history of systemic change initiatives in STEM to address inclusion challenges facing STEM entrepreneurship by providing flexible and holistic support to women in STEM entrepreneurship and working with investors, commercialization offices, and entrepreneurship support programs to broaden access to capital and resources to a diversity of entrepreneurs. Since our successful and award-winning pilot, we’ve received additional funding from the Small Business Administration, the Kapor Center, Arizona State University, BEACON, the University of Washington, the National Science Foundation, St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective, and more.

Our Programs

S2M: The AWIS Accelerator

The AWIS Accelerator draws on our 49-year history of talent and leadership programming to provide entrepreneurial education and support to STEM women with research or technology they want to commercialize.

S2M: AWIS Intentional Investing

AWIS Intentional Investing leverages our systemic change expertise to empower investors and funders with the tools and strategies needed for inclusive and profitable investment decisions.

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