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Episode 35: How today’s STEM education leads to tomorrow’s female founders [podcast]

Qualcomm loves to make long, industry-changing bets. It’s why we created STEM engagement programs, like Thinkabit Labs, that encourage students to pursue STEM careers in the future. It’s also why we set up Qualcomm Ventures, our investment arm that supports dozens of up-and-coming tech companies that are changing the way the world connects.

Earlier this summer, Qualcomm Ventures hosted its first annual Female Founders Summit, inviting ten female-led start-ups to compete for a chance to win $500K and the potential for additional funding and mentorship. The winning company was Blue Canoe Learning, which combines brain-based methodology, speech recognition, and AI in a mobile app to help non-native English speakers speak the language with confidence.

In this episode, we caught up with a few of the summit’s attendees: Varsha Tagare, the managing director of Qualcomm Ventures; Susie Armstrong, the SVP of Engineering at Qualcomm; and Sarah Daniels, the CEO and co-founder of Blue Canoe Learning. We discussed their favorite parts of the Female Founders Summit and the importance of STEM when encouraging diversity in the tech industry.

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