OUR VISION AND MISSION
We envision a world where both boys and girls actively contribute to the STEM solutions of the future.
Our focus is on girls in 8th, 9th, 10th grade and High School or Higher Education aged 13-18 years. So they embrace Entrepreneurial Thinking.
We believe that everyone can reap the benefits of thinking like a STEM entrepreneur—using creative problem-solving and seeing opportunities rather than limitations.
The mission of High5Girls is to inspire young women and girls to discover a passion for STEM through active learning.
Our program: Designed to advance every girl’s “Future Me”.
STEM + We will empower the next generation of innovators and leaders by combining STEM with entrepreneurship.
- Enables group work, developing prototypes and hands-on work on everyday challenges to inspire young women to tackle them
- Our overall idea is the UN’s global goal to encourage problem-solving relevant to STEM + Entrepreneurship to solve today’s biggest challenges
- Creates opportunities for learning to take risks and building self-confidence that problems can be solved
- According to the World Economic Forum, about 65% of children who start school today are likely to work in jobs that do not exist today. Our job is to get them ready for the future.
High5Girls, like the World Economic Forum, believes that young people need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset so that they can apply their creativity and skills to see and solve problems in their future.
WHY FOR GIRLS?
Girls typically don’t get tracked into high tech education or jobs. Later on, they are paid less. Get promoted less. Shouldn’t we open the doors to technical training for women?
MARIANNE ANDERSEN has a BSc degree and an Executive Master of Business Administration eMBA. For the past 25 years, she has worked with product and business development and strategy for global medtech companies. She found her inspiration while visiting Silicon Valley and SRI International. Here, Curt Carlson talked about their Girls Middle School project for 7th-grade girls. Silicon Valley was ahead of Denmark with entrepreneurship at the time (2007). It inspired her to leave a big, global business and become an entrepreneur. Since then, Girls Middle School has inspired Marianne. In 2019, she met with other technology women who also wanted to get more girls to choose the STEM + entrepreneurial pathway. This was the start of High5Girls.
“An entrepreneur sees challenges as an invitation to find opportunities. Life is full of challenges. When you see one, use it to become wiser, lift yourself up and get stronger.”
Josephine Marcher has a master's degree in journalism and international development studies from Roskilde University, and comes from a position as a news reporter at Danmarks Radio. Before she went into journalism, she studied biology at the University of Copenhagen and nature, technology and science have always been a great interest and passion. For several years she has been professionally involved in disseminating science to children and young people, among other things as an organizer and journalist at the production company Alphafilm og Kommunikation, which produces educational films about the latest research. In addition to science and technology, Josephine is interested in diversity, diversity and gender equality in our society. “It is very important to me that the coming generations of girls should be aware of the many opportunities that exist within the STEM subjects. That's why I think it's a very important job we do in High5Girls. When we break with the gender stereotypes of what girls can and cannot do, the world opens up to the girls, and they can thus see themselves in completely new roles. It's great to experience the girls find out that technology and science are exciting in a whole new way when they are allowed to experience it in a safe environment, only girls together. I have high expectations that the gender imbalance in STEM educations and jobs will be equalized within the foreseeable future ”.
VALERIE NAVARRO – Valerie Navarro is a go-to branding and copywriting specialist. She has worked for agencies and directly with companies in healthcare, technology and FinTech.
Her experience and education led to her deep-felt devotion to understanding the nuances of various businesses and healthcare audiences and to communicate ideas in impactful ways. For her, it’s all about “uncomplicating” the otherwise complex issues customers face today.
Couple that with Valerie’s combination of strategic anchoring and track recording of finding creative solutions relevant to audiences, and you get powerful results.
MALENE KYED – “Malene Kyed is an experienced marketer and art director in the Copenhagen advertising world. She has, throughout her career, been involved in projects for the following branches: Pharma, medical devices, government and fashion.
Malene notes that, “There is a whole lot of mansplaining in the advertising business. I think women in this business are better at focusing on a problem and take real action to solve it. It has been my mission to “keep it real” and get things done for my clients.”
MARIE-LOUISE LITTLE has an MSc in Medical Engineering and completed Engineering Leadership Training (EBA). Marie-Louise has worked with innovation, product development, business development and sales of new technologies for 20 years. She has worked with everything from starting up her own business to global companies and has been an investor for one of Denmark’s largest and earliest investor groups. Today she is the director of Dianova A / S, which is a subsidiary of the Technical University of Denmark. It focuses on the development of new technologies to create new companies. Marie-Louise is the mother of 3 girls and wants them to see the opportunities in innovation and technology before choosing a career. High5 provides opportunity and space where girls can be inspired in their own way, try technology and entrepreneurship and form friendships for life.
”If you can dream it, you can do it,” said Walt Disney. Everything starts with a dream. Let’s start by dreaming about can and should accomplish something new and different.
“Denmark needs collaboration across all fronts to ensure innovation and create more competitive companies in the future. We have a responsibility to inspire the next generation to dream about finding tomorrow’s technologies and therefore choose to take a STEM + entrepreneurship. This would include young women who are under-represented in these studies today.”
Helle Nielsen-Elgaard has strong skills in design of programs to support innovation, internationalisation and growth in Start Ups, SME’s and corporates in a wide range of fields. In the past fifteen years Helle has mainly worked with high tech companies within ict, biotek and hardware mainly cleantech and meditech.
She has personal entrepreneur experience from a couple of start ups. She holds strong skills in developing programs to support innovation for groups of companies but always holding sight of the individual approach and development.
CURTIS RAYMOND CARLSON
“We should all aspire to create value for society. This requires people who know how to work in teams, identify important societal needs, and have the skills to address them. I have seen over and over how programs like H5G can give young girls these essential life-skills by engaging them in exciting team projects and learning experiences.”
Curtis Raymond Carlson served as the administrative director for SRI from 1998-2014 and a prominent technologist and pioneer within the development and application of best practices for innovation.
He is the co-author of “Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want.”
When it comes to innovation, Curt Carlson and Bill Wilmot of SRI International know what they are talking about—literally. SRI has pioneered innovations that are part of the fabric of your life, such as:
•The computer mouse and the personal computer interface you use at home and work
•The high-definition television in your living room
•The speech-recognition system used by your financial services firm when you call for your account balance or make a transaction.
Each of these innovations—and hundreds of others—created new value for customers. That’s the central message of this book. Innovation is not about inventing clever gadgets or “creativity.” It is the successful creation and delivery of a new or improved product or service that provides value for your customer and sustained profit for your organization.