We are London’s leading female founders accelerator. Our exclusive, 4-month programme combines business training, expert support and coaching to help you accelerate your business’s success.
Over the past 2 years, we have graduated 32 alumni with a combined turnover of £2.87M and 120 employees. We have designed our programme based on insight gained by working with more than 100 female founders, as well as our experience supporting over 300 entrepreneurs in the last 3 years.
We've partnered with Blooming Founders to run our programme at Blooms, London's first women-focused business club. Our Female Founders will have access to their events and enjoy discounted membership to the co-working space.
“Female Founders enabled me to step back from the day-to-day and think strategically about the smart risks I should be taking to move Tokyoesque forward. I had never had such a strong support group before – and I can say that I really felt like a female founder by the end of it.”
Natalie Meyer – Founder, Tokyoesque
Natalie graduated from FFA in July 2018
Gain greater awareness of the strengths and potential of both your company and yourself. Become more confident in your ability to sustainably develop your business.
Gain knowledge in a range of areas including: finance, the legal/ tax regulatory environment, customer acquisition, HR, leadership and project management.
Awards and endorsements give recognition and raise the extent to which your business attracts public awareness. Our events can help connect you with new audiences to get your brand out there. Read Sukhi’s story, she won 3 awards since January.
Develop a comprehensive business plan for the successful operation of your business, identifying potential sources of revenue and expanding your customer base
Gain access to exclusive infrastructures, experts and resources, which will enable you to work effectively. Discover the importance of personal values and wellbeing in running and growing a sustainable business.
You will be able to build investment propositions, enabling you to access financial avenues that might be otherwise unavailable.
We are looking for 15 motivated entrepreneurs with the following criteria:
If you suit the criteria, please apply by completing the application form below:
Applications now open
Application deadline: August 2018
Venue: Blooms London
The programmes value is over £5000 and we ask participants to pay a contribution of £1800. Bursaries places are available or you can pay in two instalments of £900. Please see below for the bursary form.
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After a 20-year career in corporate business Anne Burniston moved to the Mountains of the French Pyrenees to co-create a space to provide refuge for people preparing to take their next steps. Working with entrepreneurs to access their true path and purpose, discover meaning, adjust outlook, find belonging, build confidence and step into leadership. Her method is based on redefining relationships with time by tuning into your needs through focusing internally and listening to your body, your gut and your heart. Then setting your own tempo for life, choosing what to do and when. Using these techniques to guide your actions.
Anne has been coaching and mentoring Entrepreneurs, Corporate Employees and Individuals for over 20 years. She is a former Corporate Board Level Director with a Masters in Psychology, a certified Goal Mapping Practitioner and has a diploma in Personal Performance Coaching. She is the Founder of The Slow Coaches Ltd and runs monthly coaching programmes and individual coaching retreats.
Optimism Personified! Her many clients and acquaintances say that she has HUGE AND CONTAGIOUS POSITIVE ENERGY! She has dedicated her life to exceeding her own expectations and has learnt how to eliminate any fears or self-imposed limitations. From being shy, negative and insecure to feeling friendly, free and safe at all times in all situations; feeling confident in herself and her ability to truly appreciate life and all its beautiful surprises – ‘good’ and ‘bad’! Despite having a Masters in Economics, and having worked in the financial world in London for two years with Tullett Prebon, one of the brokers pioneers companies, she knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur and wanted to inspire others. So she started to deliver life & business coaching sessions to its bank customers (traders) so she could definitely quit her “awesome job” to pursue her dreams in full-time basis. One of her beliefs is: If everyone pursue their deepest passions, love and respect themselves, then the world would be very different! And everyone would contribute much more than we are at the moment, so she created The Happy World Company where she is organising workshops & seminars that involve different techniques such as Emotional Intelligence, Personal Development, Coaching and NLP.
Jess manages a portfolio of investments of around 25 startups in the field of cleantech, social impact, healthtech, edtech, B2B and B2C software. She has worked directly with the startups as an advisor, board observer, and on a project basis – in investment readiness and fundraising, branding exercises, business planning and strategy. Jess also mentors entrepreneurs outside of her investment portfolio, with Google Launchpad, Entrepreneurial Spark, Bethnal Green Ventures, Hatch Enterprise and other similar organisations.
Santiago Genochio discusses how to best use narrative and storytelling concepts to create the most engagement with your customers in your digital marketing campaigns.
Previously a consultant at an internationally renowned management consultancy, Dr Stacie CC Graham has worked independently as a management consultant and business coach for over five years. She has extensive work experience in the US, the UK, and Germany. With an MS in economics and a doctorate in motivational psychology, she is able to bring together economic and business sense with a deep knowledge of what drives people’s behaviour.
Tom Jewell spends most of his working week as the Head of Direct Sales for HelloFresh, the world’s leading Recipe Box company. In this role he is part of a 25-person Marketing department with large budgets to spend on the company’s growth. However, outside of this role, he is passionate about passing on his insight and sales expertise to budding entrepreneurs. He understands that for many people “sales” is a dirty word, so his mission is to empower start ups to use their passion and expertise to do sales the right way.
After years in senior roles in industry and consulting in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia MOK founded The Innovation Beehive in 2008 to release the creative potential of people at work. Clients include Hearst Magazine, McDonald’s, Lloyds Banking Group and Medicover Group. The Innovation Ecosystem is the four elements that exist within the world’s innovative organisation and MOK will share how you can learn from them and create a sustainable innovation pipeline in your business. MOK supports the executive education programmes at Ashridge Business School and Roffey Park. He has been featured in People Management, HR Magazine and Forbes Magazine.
Nat is an expert project management and operational support professional with a passion for high-growth, ambitious startups and over 10 years’ experience in finance, resourcing and supply chain for global technology companies such as Cisco Systems as well as innovative startups and social enterprises. Nat is also a mentor and business coach and loves supporting purpose driven founders.
Karen has been working in the third sector since 2003, after a career with a large global advertising and marketing firm. Since turning her focus from the corporate world to the world of not-for-profit, she has accomplished many different roles within the third sector, from fundraising, event management, volunteer management, communication strategy and front-line experience with young people with complex and multiple disadvantage.
In 2015, Karen started her own consultancy agency, Absolute Alchemy, which hosts events within existing communities, to enable dialogue and create a call to action on issues around human rights and inclusivity and diversity. Karen is a Wellbeing Practitioner, a creative and relational practitioner, and this training has informed the way that she works on a daily basis both at Hatch and at Absolute Alchemy.
Karen joined Hatch in 2017 to manage the Female Founders Accelerator (FFA) and to host events such as the Beyond Good Business. She has moved to facilitating the FFA in 2018, to be able to focus on her own company again. Karen is also a Hatch Alumni, and has come full circle from being an entrepreneur we supported, to being a programme manager, to being a facilitator now, whilst re-focusing work on her own business more fully.
Sarah believes that shared musical experiences can transform the way we work together. In the last 10 years she has worked as a teacher, musician, facilitator, coach, researcher, songwriter and comedian and has been fascinated by the power of music in bringing people together.
Sarah combined all of this to create ‘Power of Uke’ – team building days with a difference. Colleagues spend a day learning the ukulele, reflecting on their organisation and then writing and performing a team song. Workshops push colleagues out of their comfort zone, develop leadership and communication skills, allowing them to re-establish a team identity and provide a long-lasting change in their team dynamics.
Helen is a business mentor, coach, TEDx speaker and founder of the global education social enterprise, Global People Project. Prior to this, Helen worked for over a decade in advertising on LVMH, Estée Lauder and P&G global brands. She has a Masters in Psychology and Philosophy from Edinburgh University and is a Neuroleadership Institute coach specialising in entrepreneurship and leadership. Helen currently runs the Female Founders Accelerator with Sarah and Karen.
Nikki is a professional empowerment coach, wellbeing facilitator and a community builder. She is delighted to be part of hatch as a coach and workshop facilitator.
Her passion is brining the best out of people helping them to identify their strengths and gifts and build their lives and work from that empowered place.
She works through one to one coaching and wellbeing workshops with groups, empowering people through facilitating creative spaces for personal growth and self discovery.
Her passion is helping youth, individuals, organisations, and communities to take self leadership and bring about positive change. She works with people to identify and understand their driving values, and make powerful and conscious choices in their lives and places of work that are in alignment with their purpose.
Nikki is the founder of Community of Opportunity, a project committed to creative platforms for transformation and intentional community.
When Nikki is not working with adults she is facilitating wellbeing and positive psychology workshop with young people, with Young Happy Minds.
You can learn more about Nikki here:
“My work with ambitious entrepreneurs revolves around gaining clarity and significantly raising confidence. A central part of this work is reminding yourself of why you do what you do gaining clarity about your uniqueness.
Many ambitious entrepreneurs have had bad experiences early in their career. That is one of the reasons they started for themselves and they really want to make a big impact. In my work I help leaders and entrepreneurs lift their confidence and sharpen their focus so that they can achieve much more of what´s really important to them.
A central part of this work is shadow work, which means looking at how bad experiences early in your career hold the key to lifting your confidence and take your business to the next level. This is powerful and transformational work which helps you grow your business while at the same time being true to yourself, your core beliefs and your most important values”.
It is not easy confronting yourself.
It takes great courage to stop. And even more to think deeply about you and what you can achieve and what may be curtailing your purpose.
I am here to help you take back control; transforming you from put upon Atlas to the self-determined Thinker: Mistress and Master of life. It is not miracle work, becoming the Thinker takes bravery, trust and time. But the results of the non-directive discipline will last a life-time. My ethos is simple; if you take time to truly think for yourself, authentically using your own expertise, logic and intellect, you will make far better decisions for you, your business and the world.
Together we will:
It is your life and I will mentor and train you to actively reflect and rediscover the control you have professionally and personally.
I believe that everyone deserves to live a full life – the goal isn’t to smooth out life’s wrinkles, rather to change the way that we relate to life’s inevitable challenges so that they don’t overwhelm us and keep us rooted to the spot.
Having had a varied career in different industries and roles, the common denominator has always been personal development and fulfilment. My most rewarding roles have been where transformation has occurred in others as a result of my work, and it is this passion and commitment that lead me to what feels like an inevitable role as a coach.
My innate curiosity in people, what motivates and inhibits them, and her desire to see them develop and flourish lies at the heart of why and how she coaches. We all deserve to live life fully, to experience all that it has to bring, and I believe that coaching can help make this kind of personal development possible.
In addition to being a committed coach, I love my dog (all dogs in fact!), spending time in the outdoors, mountains, foraging, cooking and as much travel as I can.
Kate began her career in US national politics. Since that time, her professional experience has focused on business strategy and growth, along with marketing, brand, and communications strategy drawing on the fundamentals she learned in Washington, DC.
She has consulted with and held Board-level roles at global and national businesses, worked with investors across their portfolios, and spent time at start-ups and early stage companies. Her sector experience includes technology, pharmaceutical, media, luxury travel, FMCG and omni-channel retail.
She’s currently working on an enterprise agile transformation programme at a major financial services company. Free time is mentoring start-ups in a number of sectors and women interested in working in tech.
GLOBAL7 was created by Medina Ashabi Ajikawo (Actress & Motivational Speaker), a vibrant dynamic agency representing talented versatile Actors from across the globe for Film, Television, Theatre, Commercials, Voice-Overs, Radio and Stills Photography.
We are rapidly growing, developing contacts within the industry, and are already generating a high level of interest among industry professionals from casting directors to talent seeking representation and promotion of their talents. In addition to representation we deliver groundbreaking Acting for Film & Television short evening courses in Soho, designed for adults who are passionate and have an interest in developing their screen acting skills. These short courses will inspire and motivate you and build your confidence in acting. Students learn how to develop a character, how to approach a script and screen techniques in a supportive and creative environment. Further screen acting training is encouraged at intermediate and advanced levels for those wanting to pursue an acting career.
GLOBAL7 is now providing a great showreel service that will take the actors career to the next level, think GLOBAL!
GLOBAL7, with the experience, competence, commitment and cultural understanding, coupled with a strong can-do approach, will not lack in energy in inspiring their clients to succeed in what is generally perceived as one of the most challenging industries to break into. We are in the business of making things happen.
We represent professionally trained and experienced actors from all quarters of the world and social backgrounds, and also provide opportunities for the development of aspiring actors with the drive, confidence and energy to succeed.
GLOBAL7 is committed to Inclusion and Equality Of Opportunity.
After 10 years of working in theatrical costume in London’s West End, Sarah combined her lifelong love of vintage fashion and practical sewing skills to set up Make Do and Mend: a beautiful treasure trove of unique vintage & retro fashion and accessories, handpicked and sourced from around the world by Sarah herself.
She now has a physical shop in Pop Brixton along with their own in-house reworked label – MDAM – creating more trend led pieces whilst ensuring nothing ever goes to waste!
Sarah joined the FFA to gain confidence growing her business in the way she wanted including how to manage a team and finding funding opportunities.
Emily is a qualified lawyer and mediator. She has a degree in Social Anthropology which she studied because of her interest in people and their cultures. She is a keen traveller, has visited over 38 countries and has a particular love of Africa. Through her travels she has had the opportunity to meet a great number of people and now enjoys hosting visitors to London! Air Peace of Mind represents the two aspects that she believes is important in the home sharing economy: hospitality and making guests feel at home. Air Peace of Mind was founded in early 2016 with the view to managing and hosting central London properties for both home owners and guests alike.
Big Mouth Gets is a London based social enterprise run by young graphic designers, who work to simplify political content to make it appeal to new audiences. Our aim is to increase political engagement by making democracy approachable, accessible and inclusive for everyone. We do this by producing graphics and data visualization to creatively showcase policy and better explain political output.
PositionDial is a free to use web application that helps you explore where you stand on issues you care about, see views from all sides and live your values. Position Dial’s goal is to support deeper democratic engagement, mutual understanding and stronger accountability. We build civic confidence and capacity in citizens, help people see the different sides of issues (bursting their filter bubbles) and frictionlessly collect, reveal and help people navigate data on meaningful (vote, campaign, buy) actions they can take in line with their positions: driving up trust and empowerment.
”What I liked that I haven’t got from other accelerators is more of a focus on designing your life and how business fits into your life. It made me feel I have more PERMISSION to be where I want to be and live the LIFE I WANT TO LIVE.’’
Debbie moved to China in 2013 to teach English but ended up training in Eye Lash Extensions and quickly becoming well known as the new UK expert! Since returning to the UK she set up her own company in Clapham, catering for career-driven woman who understand the of looking and feeling amazing with treatments that are non-invasive, classy and natural looking.
Bella Lash Brow is heading towards becoming a Training Academy training ambitious women in specialists skills and also setting them up as successful entrepreneurs.
Lara’s started Grenadine Escape when on holiday at 19 years old, by building a website which enabled her to earn money as a villa and yacht rental agent and visit the Caribbean during her French studies at Bristol University. She is in her element in natural surroundings, by water and has a very creative, imaginative mind, which means she’s happiest when fulfilling creative roles (strategic thinking, property photography, content creation, writing, website design) and building partnerships. She is also commercially driven to create a career/life through which I can protect plants and people.
Lara joined to FFA to pivot the business to become an aspirational lifestyle brand, which is more connected to wellbeing and nature.
Theresa is an aquatic ecologist and sea-foodie. After several years at sea as a research diver in her native Canada, she moved to London and has become increasingly involved in London’s sustainable food movement. In 2013 Theresa co-founded SoleShare, London’s first sustainable fish box scheme (think veg box scheme but for fish). She hopes SoleShare will continue to boost London’s appetite for local seafood and encourage public interest in protecting our seas and coastal communities.
LITTLE BUD is a flower company with a conscience. Through innovations in their supply chain, LITTLE BUD minimises their part in the huge environmental and social impact of the flower industry. Sourcing from British and Fair Trade growers, they supply flowers that are wild, seasonal, and fresh from the farm.
Georgie is an experienced strategy consultant, having worked across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia delivering agricultural development programmes and research for organisations including DFID, USAID, and the UN. She set foot on her first commercial flower farm outside Nairobi in 2015, and the seed for LITTLE BUD was planted.
Georgie joined the FFA to gain help with digital marketing strategy, investment raising, and platform development.
Rosie Goode is a clinical hypnotherapist, hypnobirthing expert, founder of Hypnobirthing Works, and teacher/trainer. With over 13 years in clinical practice, creating and delivering group and private courses throughout London, she has helped countless clients (over 2500 couples) achieve their dream of a positive birth.
Rosie is hoping to become the Headspace of Hypnobirthing and is looking at ways to put her expertise on line.
‘’I leave every session highly motivated, with new ideas and new ways of looking at my business. I’m very much enjoying the 1 to 1 business coaching, the female entrepreneurs sharing their journeys, and the inspiring women in the group – and we’re having fun!’’
Elle trained as lawyer at a leading tech law firm in the City, and specialised in advising tech and media companies of all sizes (Snapchat, Apple & Amazon to name a few) during which she developed a passion for advising companies in their early stages as she felt she could really add value to their businesses.
Elle founded Elletrepreneur in 2015 to simplify legal services for startups, providing affordable contracts and a solid legal structure for early-stage businesses. Elletrepreneur uses technology to streamline what goes on behind the scenes in providing legal services, without compromising on valued personal service. The end result: startups have bespoke legal documents tailored to their businesses at a fraction of the price.
Elle joined the FFA to gain help with developing tech, investment and marketing strategy.
Sukhi Jutla left a decade of corporate life to become a serial entrepreneur and author. She is now the Founder & COO of MarketOrders, the online global marketplace for the gold jewellery trade industry.
As a Female Techpreneur Ambassador, Sukhi is a regular speaker at entrepreneur and start-up events & conferences and passionate about supporting female entrepreneurship. She is also a mentor and judge at various accelerator and start-up programs.
Sukhi is the author of 2 books: ‘Escape The Cubicle: Quit The Job You Hate. Create A Life You Love’ and ‘The FinTech Book’. She is also a blockchain advocate and is a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2018), a celebration of leading British Asian women who are helping to shape a better Britain with their ideas, example and talent.
Sukhi Jutla- Short Bio
Sukhi Jutla left a decade of corporate life to become a serial entrepreneur and author. She is the Founder of MarketOrders. As a Female Techpreneur Ambassador, Sukhi is a regular keynote speaker and passionate about supporting female entrepreneurship. Sukhi is the author of 2 books and is a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2018).
Caroline is the founder and director of Common Vision (CoVi), a millennial think tank championing positive ideas for our shared future. She was previously a special adviser at the Big Lottery Fund, one of the founding team members of the foundation Power to Change, and managing director of think tank ResPublica. She studied at the University of York, the University of Copenhagen, and the London School of Business and Finance. Caroline is a board member of the UK Cohousing Trust and a British Council Hammamet Fellow. In 2015, she was named one of Management Today’s 35 women under 35.
One Dear World is an award-winning family business with the vision of nurturing future global citizens, they produce multicultural rag dolls and storybook that introduce diversity to young children.
Founder Winnie Mak, mum of a toddler boy and a business professional from Hong Kong, is passionate about cultural diversity. Inspired by the multicultural environment in London and her parenting experience, she was inspired to make changes in the toy and children’s book market. They believe all children, both boys and girls, deserve a doll that represents them so that they can appreciate themselves as they are. Seeing dolls that look different from them ensures that children can grow up with a broad worldview, preparing them to make friends with people from around the world.
With diverse experience rooted in Tokyo, San Francisco and London, Natalie Meyer heads up Tokyoesque, an insights agency enabling companies to expand globally. Her mission is to promote mutual understanding and connections across markets. With Tokyoesque, she does this via a mix of market research, professional support and culture-centred insights. Originally from Silicon Valley, and having obtained her MSc in Global Media & Communications at The London School of Economics, Natalie now works on a range of market entry and research projects throughout Europe and Asia, often dipping in and out of the startup scene, corporate Japanese world and Major Events industry. She has a keen interest in the impact of global cities, yoga, meditation, blockchain and cultural differences!
Ieva Padagaite is a filmmaker at Blake House Filmmakers Coop making video for charities, social enterprises, academics and artists. Ieva is a storyteller dedicated to collaboration and the building of social, economic and environmental alternatives. She has written and directed a couple of award winning short films and is an active advocate and contributor in the cooperative movement. Her aspirations are to grow Blake House as a meaningful, dignified and democratic workplace for creatives and eventually make a move into fiction film and TV directing.
Ieva joined the FFA to grow the creative side of herself and the business and learn how to navigate the creative industry world.
Carousel & Co. provides strategic consulting, programmes, and workshops to help independent retailers and brands increase their profits, while decreasing their stress.
Agency founder, Rachel Peterman, has spent the last 10 years of her career in the luxury goods industry, holding key buying, planning, and sales roles within Gucci, Bloomingdales, Michael Kors, and Coach. She uses this experience to help small-to-medium sized enterprises compete in an ever-expanding global market.
Tania launched Chit Chaat Chai as a street food market stall across London and Hampshire which went on to receive critical acclaim from the Independent and the BBC before opening the first Restaurant site in Wandsworth, South London.
Soon after the International Design Awards recognised Chit Chaat Chai as “Best Designed Restaurant”. Tania is currently a mentor for food start-up accelerators in both London and Singapore, and has also has been a panellist at the House of Commons empowering minority leaders in the UK workforce. She has been nominated for the Young Hospitality Entrepreneur Of The Year and recognised in the British Bangladeshi Top 100, a celebration of 100 leading British Bangladeshi figures who are helping to shape a better Britain with their ideas, example and talent. She is also a keen marathoner having ran the London, Paris & Milan marathon and has recently taken up martial arts.
Nuala has spent the past 18 years running Carnaval del Pueblo delivering large scale events which reveal and share with Londoners the authentic 19 country Latin American cultural heritage of music, dance and food in London. She is dedicated to giving Latin Americans in London a voice in the community and continuing to build integration between different groups in Elephant and Castle.
She is currently securing funding to be able to employ a team of people to deliver the various connected projects in the organisation, so she can free herself up to take the organisation in a new direction – bringing in key players to develop its commercial potential.
Ruth Rogers is the founder and Creative Director of The Canvas Café, a social enterprise café and creative venue that launched as London’s first Happy Café in 2015 and supports creative and social innovation in emotional health and well being. Ruth is also the founder and trustee of Body Gossip, a positive body image charity that has produced sell out theatre shows in London and Edinburgh, has collaborated with the Southbank Centre on the world’s first Body Love Flashmob, and has reached over 20,000 young people all over the UK with a unique programme of body confidence education programmes. Ruth was previously an actress, most notably puppeteering Joey’s Head in War Horse in the West End, and co-presenting CBeebies Radio for the BBC.
One of the reasons Ruth joined the FFA was to reshape her role within the business, so it allows her to spend more energy on the things she loves doing.
Georgina Wilson-Powell is the founder of pebble magazine – a platform of information and inspiration for sustainable, stylish living. She has been an editor and publisher for 15 years, working with BBC Good Food, BBC Travel, Time Out, Lonely Planet Traveller and many more. After sensing a gap in the market as consumers shift to support more ethical brands and ask for more transparency in every industry, she launched pebble in November 2016. Building on her former roles, Georgina has fast become an expert in ethical fashion, sustainable living and food provenance. She now offers content strategy and sustainable consultancy and is a speaker and panel moderator on topics such as ethical fashion, zero waste and good food.
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Baillie is the founder and CEO of Spark Inside, a London-based charity pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation and desistance from crime. Previously, Baillie founded the US non-profit Venturing Out, providing entrepreneurship education to people in prison. Baillie holds a BA from Harvard College and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. She is a UK Ministry of Justice Policy Fellow ‘At Large’, 2017 Global Good Fellow, TEDx speaker, and member of the World Economic Forum community of Global Shapers.
Marte Borhaug leads Aviva’s digital public policy work across Aviva’s markets, working with Aviva’s newly established digital business and its digital technology venture capital fund. She also leads Aviva’s sustainable investment campaign at EU-level. Marte has several years of experience from public affairs, working closely with EU institutions in Brussels, including as the Head of Financial Services and Corporate Governance at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Marte is currently Vice-Chair of the Finance Task Force at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD and a committee member of the CBI ‘35 Under 35 Committee’. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Marte is a mentor for start-ups at Bethnal Green Ventures and for scale-ups taking part in the ‘Future at Work’ PWC’s newly launched Future of Work programme, in collaboration with SwiftScale. She is also a Board Member for Mac Millan’s Guards Chapel Christmas Carol Concert.
Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, CBE is a British businesswoman, philanthropist, and public servant. Martha co-founded Lastminute.com in the early 2000s and is a board member of Twitter, mydeco.com, Marks & Spencer, and chairs the board of the digital skills charity, Go ON UK. She joined the House of Lords as a crossbencher on 26 March 2013, becoming its youngest female member.
Lu Li is the founder of Blooming Founders, a company that provides education and introduces new opportunities to female founders through events, content and a professional network. She is the UK ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, a judge at the MassChallenge accelerator, a mentor at the Google Launchpad accelerator and part of the Techstars community leadership team. She has also published the book Dear Female Founder, now globally available on Amazon and Kindle.
In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.
Senior business executive in private-equity and large corporations in Insurance & Financial Services sectors. Fiona’s deep rooted strategic business development background, coupled with product & marketing experience, manifests itself in a passion for delivering customer & client value. She has led many cross functional and global teams in a B2B, B2B2C and B2C, delivering sustainable business improvement. Fiona has worked in Russia, Amsterdam, Norway, France, & twice the US.
She helps Chief Executives and Managing Directors to accelerate their growth rates and transform their businesses. With Vistage UK, she chairs a confidential, private advisory group whose members are CEOs and MDs of businesses ranging between £2m to £50m turnover.
Saija is a passionate Digital Marketing entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and author. She is determined to empower and drive female led companies and organisations forward by sharing knowledge and experiences. Founder, CEO of international media agency Mahon Digital Marketing, Lonely Robot Web Design and a Scandinavian based business events company The Caviar Club. For her work she has been awarded:
Agency of the Year in Scandinavia 2013
TOP 20 Women in Search selected by Google and DRUM 2015
Best Business Woman Awards – Finalist in Technology & also Business services category 2015
Everywoman Technology Awards – Finalist in the Entrepreneur category 2016
Adriana is a business Development executive who has held multiple leadership roles in prominent financial services organizations, building commercial strategy, developing partnerships and fostering client relationships over the last twenty years. MBA with specialization in Finance and Strategy from the London Business School. Since 2013, she has also been a business mentor and an angel investor in a number of start up companies in Brazil, building a portfolio of social impact investments in Healthcare Services, Internet and Financial Technology.
Miisa Mink is a founder and chief doer at DrivenWoman – a Lifeworking network for women with ideas and ambition who want to achieve their goals. She’s a creator of ‘Festival Of Doers’, a one day event that celebrates women ‘doers’ which takes place in London every January.
Prior to entering the women’s empowerment space Miisa was known as a highly accomplished branding professional and has successfully launched and grown start-ups in the branding and design sector, including Nordic Bakery, a beautiful Scandinavian style coffee shop chain in Central London, and international design agency TBWA/TANGO which she built into four agency network in Europe
Deepa founded Deep & Meaningful, a consultancy that provides strategy and communications services. She works at the intersection between the private, NGO and social enterprise worlds. Her experience includes political lobbying on human rights and international development, advising multinationals and conglomerates on sustainability and CSR strategy and communications and working with social entrepreneurs to provide business critical advice on strategy, communications and impact measurement, Deepa has worked across sectors and geographies.
Deepa has spent time working in India, helping to set up a social investment fund and mentoring social ventures that focus on sustainable livelihoods, education and social transformation. She continues to provide counsel to social entrepreneurs in India.
What if 1 million women social enterprise leaders connected to learn, lead and change the course of the world, by 2020?
Servane believes in future-centric good businesses, and in the power of conscious innovation, courageous conversations, and action!
In 2001, She founded Ogunte, the social business development company, and later Make a Wave, the first incubator for women social entrepreneurs, with a team of outstanding mentors, investors and coaches. They have supported over 5200 social innovators, managers, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders and their networks through business coaching, impact investment training, leadership development, awards and challenge prizes.
She is a founding partner at Conscious Innovation with peers in Rio, London, Berlin. They provide prototyping experiences that help individuals and organisations explore and implement future scenarios, to change people’s world.
Since Feb 2015, Servane also ran the Womanity Awards Programme, an initiative that invests in an ecosystem preventing violence against women through replication of innovative models and ideas.
Head of the UK for Amazon External Payments and founder of Cupcake Mum, a members’ club for Mums in South West London. This led to her being named by Growing Business Magazine as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs in the UK–she managed to raise £3m in investment for the concept! She’s worked at JP Morgan, American Express and Northwest Airlines and she holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA from the George Washington University.
So far Hatch Enterprise have helped over 400 entrepreneurs. Started in 2013 to address the need for localised business support, Hatch delivers dedicated enterprise support programmes in South London aimed at helping to develop, grow and sustain local businesses. To date, over 82% of people taking part in their flagship Hatch Incubator programme are still running their business, reporting overall revenue growth of 50% year on year.