Speaking Startup: Growing girls in gaming

Esports attracted $4.5 billion of investment globally in 2018, according to a Deloitte report, roughly nine times more than just one year earlier.

Lindsay Zeiter wants to help make sure women have a prominent voice in the future of that growing industry.

“Because of how it is becoming integrated into our daily lives, it is so critical for women to be a part of that,” Zeiter said.

“The people who are actually creating this content that we’re all consuming needs to be balanced.”

That’s part of the motivation behind Girls Who Game, a Columbia-based organization that hosts camps to help girls build gaming skills and learn the basics of game programming.

Zeiter was one of the presenters this week at an event on the business of gaming hosted by Columbia’s Regional Economic Development, Inc. She joined us afterward to discuss Girls Who Game.

Plus, as coronavirus-related cancellations pile up, Kansas City Fashion Week has canceled its spring events, which were set to take place this month. We caught up with Annette Sunshine, a designer and entrepreneur based in the Kansas City area, to discuss her business and the significance of the city’s Fashion Week.

The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.

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