In another nod to Minnesota’s burgeoning sportstech scene, Minneapolis-headquartered Sportsdigita received an undisclosed multi-million dollar investment last month from Chicago investor PEAK 6 Sports. We connected with the founder and CEO of Sportsdigita, Angelina Lawton, to learn more about the deal and where her firm is headed from here:
The previous company owners, Summit Partners, hired Dryer in 2016 and moved headquarters from California to Minnesota with very intentional purposes.
If you’re unfamiliar with her tenured record of industry leadership, there’s some archives and there’s TLDR:
In an unscientific measurement around the percentage of Minnesota tech founders based on gender, we found that the ratio of female to male is:
When and how did you get started in your finance career, specifically within the tech industry?
I started in 1997 as an auditor at Ernst & Young, where I had the opportunity to work with clients large and small across a wide range of industries. During this time, I gradually realized that emerging technology companies were where I wanted to be. They tend to have tight-knit, open minded teams and challenging problems to solve.
Female-focused Hack The Gap started in 2015 by Jenna Pederson and Kristen Womack “to bring exposure to the gender gap in technology, connect them with other like-minded women, and inspire them to lead, innovate, and make.”
Over this past weekend, another round of 10 unique teams formed and demonstrated their stuff as seen below:
By Madelaine Hahn, Kare 11
“ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – Just 18 percent of computer science majors are women. That’s down from 37 percent in 1984. And women only make up 24 percent of the computer engineering workforce, according to a study by Girls Who Code and Accenture. That’s why St. Louis Park-based nonprofit Code Savvy’s female-only program, called Rebecca Coder Dojo, is taking on the tech industry – offering free coding classes to girls.”