November 22, 2017

Meet Mary Franzese, the Italian dreamer who cracked the MedTech market

Mary is one of the five winners of the joint AXA-Global Invest Her (GIH) Mentoring competition, dedicated to promoting women entrepreneurship. Discover her story.
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One may wonder what encouraged this successful and resourceful entrepreneur to apply for the AXA-GIH program. Mary explains that when looking at mentoring programs, she was seeking great connections and support in the business environment. She further highlights that she was attracted to this specific program as it actively celebrates milestones and supports women throughout their entrepreneurial journey. She plans to leverage the platform to better access capital and build a strong network. And she hopes to be inspired by her AXA mentor and find guidance for her next steps.

‘If you can dream it, you can do it’

Mary Franzese’s motto is ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. Her own experience has pushed her to always look forward to forging relationships with other women entrepreneurs and break the glass ceiling for the next generation. Through mutual support, networking and experience sharing, Mary hopes that women will help one another and push society to become a place where women entrepreneurs can lead their companies to success without gender-based obstacles. As she points out, women represent only 30% of all entrepreneurs in Europe and MedTech is a particularly difficult market to crack. But Mary did not let this statistic hold her back. She refers to herself as a stubborn dreamer entrepreneur whose life mission is to save lives by leveraging technology. She credits programs such as the AXA-GIH Mentoring Competition for encouraging and supporting young women entrepreneurs around the world to pursue their passions and change the world.