Women Entrepreneurship - Jessica Rowe

Meet JESSICA ROWE, from New Zealand

I’ve always been interested by self-made success - people with the drive, determination and courage to stand up, lead or make a mark on the world. I wanted to share some of those great stories to support young women as they advance in their career.
— Jessica Rowe

My Project: SilverMinutes.com

SilverMinutes.com is an online platform offering inspiration and advice to encourage more women to start their own businesses and take on leadership roles in their chosen fields. We post videos, articles and interviews with leaders who can show other women how to blaze their own trail.
The project has a global reach.  I am based in New Zealand, and my business partner Sophie Rule is based in Amsterdam. At the moment, we’re growing our New Zealand audience, but we’ll be looking soon to build up our links in Europe and expand from there to the rest of the world

My Inspiration

We started the project as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper project to support young women as they advance in their career. 
I’ve always been interested by self-made success - people with the drive, determination and courage to stand up, lead or make a mark on the world. I wanted to share some of those great stories to support young women as they advance in their career.

Biggest Challenge:

As an entrepreneur you have to do it all yourself. As the founders of a website, the technology can be challenging. Initially we had to shoot the videos ourselves. We now have a production company filming them for us, but there’s always something new we have to figure out and learn. 

My Best Resources

The biggest thing has been support from women in leadership - they’ve all been really keen to get involved with the project, and we’re really grateful to have such inspiring people on board.

We’ve also found the Millennial Catalysts and World Economic Forum Global Shapers have been very useful in offering support and connections. 

My advice to peers

Just start, get rolling and learn as you go. The hardest part of any journey is the very first step. 

Jessica Rowe and her business partner, Sophie Rule

Jessica Rowe and her business partner, Sophie Rule