The proportion of small and medium-sized companies run by women is increasing. Yet there is greater potential still: there are more women with great entrepreneurial ideas who
The proportion of small and medium-sized companies run by women is increasing.
Yet there is greater potential still: there are more women with great entrepreneurial ideas who need the support to help their businesses succeed. According to the Women’s Business Council, women also struggle with a lack of confidence in their business skills, while others feel there aren’t enough diverse female role models to inspire them or show them it is possible to become an entrepreneur.
One barrier to more female-led businesses is access to investment. Broadly, the venture capital industry is thriving. But still, too often, women seeking funding are left out of the boom because of hidden biases, sexism and a general unawareness. Since 2015, Crunchbase has reported on gender diversity in venture capital. For the first two quarters in 2017, startups with a female founder raised $332 million in seed investment, or around 15 percent of all seed funding dollars.
As one recent study pointed out, even the way investors frame questions to women can impact funding. According to the Harvard Business Review, female founders are often asked “prevention-oriented” questions focused on safety, responsibility, security and vigilance. Male founders, on the other hand, are often asked “promotion-oriented” questions focused on hopes, achievement, advancement and ideals. The result of how these questions are asked between the genders? Women ended up with less funding.
In order to raise awareness and to celebrate female founders and entrepreneurs, as well as to make sure that more women get access to support and funding they need and deserve, Women of Wearables are bringing together six incredible speakers who provide mentorship, investment and connections for women in tech and business, and are all very passionate about supporting women and diverse communities on their entrepreneurial journey.
Kathleen Fox Murphy is a Partner in Browne Jacobson‘s Intellectual Property team, with over 18 years’ experience in patent litigation and patent strategy. Kathleen has experience in many industry sectors including telecoms, electronics, IoT, FinTech, wearable technology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biotech. She also advises start-up companies on all IP aspects affecting company set-up and investment. She studied Maths & Physics at Durham University and learned computer program mostly to create fractal patterns for her bedroom wall. One of Kathleen’s passions and hobbies is designing and making dresses for fun and wearable tech is a collision of her favourite things. Grow is Browne Jacobson’s legal support programme exclusively for startups. It is carefully tailored for companies at any stage of the startup journey from protecting an idea through to a successful exit and is sensitive to the trials and tribulations of building a business from scratch. Browne Jacbson’s legal specialists will invest their time and skill to ensure the growth potential of your business is fulfilled, by providing you with a dedicated Grow adviser who will work with you on a range of services and who can facilitate introductions within our network of industry and investment contacts.
Lu Li is a serial entrepreneur and creative innovator committed to inspiring, educating and championing women to build sustainable businesses while achieving professional freedom and fulfilment. Her own entrepreneurial journey has involved running two consulting businesses and her current ventures, Blooming Founders and Blooms London. She mentors at the Google Launchpad accelerator and was one of the judges at the MassChallenge accelerator. Lu also serves as the UK ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, which is celebrated annually at the United Nations and around the globe. Lu is a seasoned speaker and has been invited to speak on the topic of entrepreneurship at many conferences (Mobile World Congress, Bits & Pretzels) and universities (LSE, UCL, London Business School).
Sophie England joined AllBright as it’s founders Chief of Staff and then took over the helm of the AllBright Academy in June 2017. Prior to joining AllBright, she was Business Manager to the CEO and CFO of Pentland Brands leading on all strategic projects. AllBright is a unique funding, education and support network designed to provide the support and finance needed for female-led leaders to thrive. Growing and adapting to cater for the diverse and varying needs of working women in the UK, AllBright developed the AllBright Collective, an ecosystem designed to deliver capital, business skills, connections and confidence. The AllBright Academy works with aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs to accelerate their progress through a series of digital programmes.
Rosalind Singleton is currently the Managing Director of UK Broadband and an active angel investor with Angel Academe. Rosalind’s career so far has been broad, international and includes a variety of senior technology roles over more than 25 years working with BT, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, O2, various VNOs, and other international operators. Angel Academe is a pro-women (but not women-only) angel network focussed on technology. Through mentoring, education and collaboration with experienced angels, Angel Academe helps members pool their money, expertise and resources to perform due diligence and build a portfolio of smart investments over time. Defying the cliches that women are “risk-averse”, “lack confidence”, “do due diligence to death” and only “start niche businesses”, Angel Academe has been operating successfully for 3 years and has made numerous investments in women-led high-growth tech startups.
Philippa Brent is a member of the Institute of Consulting, with over 20 years of expertise providing a range of specialist consultancy for the management and delivery of public and privately funded programmes. Philippa’s expertise has achieved a successful track record of meeting compliance and audit requirements for clients with European funded projects. She is currently contracted by Enterprise Enfield to provide consultancy as Head of Programme. Enterprise Enfield is one of London’s premier enterprise agencies offering a comprehensive range of business support services designed to encourage, guide and inspire people to be successful in business. The agency is currently running a number of free business support and growth programmes specifically for women. These include: an Inspiring Women Programme (part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) offering dedicated support for London’s female led startups as well as early traders; and a Female Founders Accelerator (supported by JPMorgan Chase Foundation) aimed at helping women in east London scale and take their business to the next level.
Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education, first as the UK CEO of Apps for Good and now as CEO for the Tech Talent Charter. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016. She has also been named on Computer Weekly’s list of “25 Most Inspirational Women in UK IT” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, in March 2017 the TTC was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy.
Join us for an inspirational and educational evening with six incredible companies who are all very vocal when it comes to supporting diversity, inclusion and female entrepreneurship. We welcome all genders! 🙂
6.00 – 6.30 – Registration and networking
6.30 – 6.45 – Browne Jacobson LLP – 15 min presentation
6.45 – 6.50 – Women of Wearables – 15 minute presentation
6.50 – 8.00 – Panel discussion + Q&A
8.00 – 9.00 – Food, refreshments and networking
*Be advised that we will be taking photographs at the event, which we will be using in the future to promote Women of Wearables’ activities. By registering for the Supporting Women in Business event you are giving Women of Wearables permission to take your picture and post them on our website, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as use them in other promotional materials.
£0-£16 per person
(Tuesday) 18:00 - 21:00
Browne Jacobson LLP
London EC3A 7BA