At Climate Salad, we are proud of our female founders and their accomplishments. We also value the important role women and girls have to play in building this future.
The 2023 IWD theme is #EmbraceEquity. This isn’t only about achieving gender equality, but also acknowledging that females are crucial contributors to fostering equitable business, communities, and solutions. But IWD should not just be a 24hr period in March, we need to design for diversity by celebrating female founders all year around. Today, we hear from Molly Fullee, cofounder of Fulle.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey into climate tech.
I am the cofounder of Fulle, we make smart EV battery chargers for two wheeled vehicles. I was amazed to find out that Two-wheeled EVs displace 5 times more oil than passenger car EVs! It appears obvious that we should facilitate mass uptake as e-bikes are far cheaper, cleaner and easier to scale to billions of people globally.
E-bikes are both great for people and the planet but charging batteries is a pain point for owners. Slow charge times, frequent costly battery replacement, fire hazard of charging in homes and lack of public infrastructure are all reducing the uptake of this impactful technology for daily transportation.
What excites you most about Climate Tech?
Most importantly, climate tech is a movement of people who are passionate, committed, and determined to create a better world. From entrepreneurs to activists, scientists to policymakers, there are so many amazing individuals working together to create a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future for all.
Climate tech connects nations and people around the world to come together for a bigger cause. The world of climate tech is bursting with innovative ideas, cutting-edge technologies, and bold entrepreneurs who are committed to saving the planet and improving people's lives.
With our collective creativity, ingenuity, and determination, there's nothing we can't achieve. Together, we can create a world that's cleaner, greener, and more awesome than ever before!
How can we better support women in climate tech? If you could change one thing, what would it be?
The one thing I cannot wait to see change is Funding for female founders! International Women's Day 2023 is the perfect opportunity to reflect on this! Despite the progress made in promoting gender diversity in the startup ecosystem, there is still a significant gap in funding for women of colour. Of the record-breaking $10 billion of venture capital funding raised in Australia in 2021, only 0.03% was accessed by women of colour!
What advice would you give to fellow females interested in jumping into climate change solutions?
If you're a woman in this sector, Ladies, you are rock stars, game changers, and trailblazers all rolled into one. My advice to help you soar even higher:
Believe in yourself and your abilities. You belong in climate tech, and you have what it takes to succeed. Keep reaching for the stars!
- Surround yourself with a supportive network of mentors, peers, and partners. Find a community of like-minded women who can lift you up and cheer you on.
- Stay resilient and persistent in the face of obstacles. The road to success in any field is never easy, but especially in a rapidly evolving industry like climate tech. Keep pushing forward, and don't give up on your dreams.
- Speak up and make your voice heard. You never know, you may inspire others and spark new ideas.
- Have fun and enjoy the journey. Don’t forget to take breaks and celebrate your successes along the way.
Remember, you are not alone in this. You are a part of a powerful group of women who are changing the world one tech innovation at a time. The world needs your brilliance, and I am honored to stand with you on this journey.
Is there a quote on climate change you would like to share?
One of my favourite quotes is from Native American Chief Seattle, who said,
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors—we borrow it from our children.”
To further celebrate International Women's Day, we have put together some insights about the women fronting our Climate Tech sector, using data from the 2022 Industry Report.
Although there is ambition and progress, there is still much to do. For example, 48% of executive boards are male-only; compared to only 2.9% of female-only boards.
That’s why it is important for our founders to get involved in the Industry Report. We are currently gathering responses and would love to hear from you, click here to complete the 2023 Founders Survey.
Explore Fulle here: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fullee/
Cover Photo by Kumpan Electric on Unsplash