"The numbers are growing but there are still too few female investors and startup entrepreneurs"

Why did you start your career in the healthcare industry?

I like science and I wanted to be linked to it somehow without having to be in the lab. Being an investment analyst allows me to be up to date with the field: trends, new therapies, new technologies, etc., and combine science with business.

 

What are/were the main challenges you encountered as a woman pursuing a career in the field of healthcare?

In terms of CV it is good to have a PhD and also an MBA but I don’t think the challenges are different for women or men. It might be different when you are pursuing management positions though.

 

There is quite a high proportion of women working in the healthcare industry. Why do you think there are so few female founders, female investors, female heads of departments in laboratories and hospitals, etc.?

I really don’t know. After all, it’s the person, not the gender that determines a leader. The numbers are growing but there are still too few female investors and startup entrepreneurs.

 

What traits do you think you have, that helped you reach your current position? What are your strengths, internal and external?

I like challenges and I don’t get bored. I like to be learning new things at work continuously.

 

What role did or do have mentors or supporters during your career path?

Empowering, learn what works, learn what it is important, advising about new jobs to improve in my career.

 

If you were about to pursue your career from the beginning or found a venture right now - which field/trend/technology would you look into?

I would stay in the life science sector investing in innovative projects.

 

What do you think is needed to support women entrepreneurship in healthcare? What do you think needs to change in society?

Education in leadership, a good coach, joining women entrepreneur groups. Be more aware that women are equally capable of leading a company, more success stories.

 

Do you have any message you want to share with other women that think about pursuing an innovative idea in the field of healthcare?

Just one, be confident and perseverant.

 

If you want to know more about Mireia’s work trajectory, visit her linkedIn.