March #FemaleTechFounder Night – Full lineup of speakers confirmed!

It’s been so exciting to see the groundswell of support around the second #FemaleTechFounder Night taking place next month.

We’re thrilled to be able to confirm the final speaker lineup!

Join us at the next #FemaleTechFounder Night on 7 March at Federation House, Manchester where a panel of four female tech founders and co-founders will join forces to tell their stories, celebrate their successes and share what they’re looking forward to.

What started out as a launch event for Assenty has evolved into a forum for female founders in tech to share their experiences and support one another.

It kicks off with drinks and networking at 6pm, sponsored by the lovely people at ThoughtWorks, followed by a Q&A panel discussion on the role of mentors. After this comes four awesome lightning talks featuring our founders and a Q&A panel with all four speakers at the end. The event should finish around 8:30pm.


Emma Ryan (@emmaryan), Co-Founder, Wattl
Dot McCarthy (@DotMcCarthy), Founder, Farmer2Foodie
Tanya Nicol (@TanyaNicol), Founder,
PJ Surani (@PJSurani), Digital Success Manager, Computer Rock

Q&A Host: Claire-Marie Boggiano (@CMBoggiano), director, Lurig Ltd

Also joining us for the Q&A panel discussion on mentoring is:
Nicola Ellis (@Nic_Ellis88), Programme Manager, Tech Manchester
Lauren Halket, Founder, Key Talent Personnel

It’s free to attend and tickets are going fast! Grab yours on Eventbrite or Meetup.

About Emma Ryan
Emma Ryan is co-founder of Wattl, the startup shaking up how we can discover new video content. From running her own digital agency for 12 years with her husband they have launched Wattl from their kitchen table. Life is spent juggling business with three young boys and a crazy puppy!

About Dot McCarthy
Farmers and the internet: what happens when high speed internet reaches rural agricultural businesses

About Tanya Nicol
Tanya Nicol is the founder of, a travel startup revolutionising the travel planning process. After brainstorming and researching possible ways to transform city break planning from a daunting chore to a delightful experience, she came up with what is today, TrippTee.

About PJ Surani
PJ is a global digital nomad that has developed transformation services geared toward generating a culture of collaborative problem solving and innovation for businesses and individuals alike. Her ambition over the next decade is to work toward the creation of tools and businesses that ensure digital technology “elevates” society rather than “displaces”.

About our Q&A Host, Claire-Marie Boggiano
Claire-Marie Boggiano is Director & Coach at Lurig Change & Development. She is a Chartered Engineer and Head of Diversity at the IoD North West. She supports women in business and in STEM. She specialises in working with individuals and organisations in transition.

Claire-Marie believes coaching and mentoring helps people get from A to B quicker than they would on their own. She loves breaking eggs, building gladiators and making connections.

About Nicola Ellis
Nicola leads the start-up and mentoring programme at Tech Manchester, helping early stage tech start-ups. She is also a mentor for One Million Mentors and and ambassador for STEM.

About Lauren Halket
Lauren is founder of recruitment tech startup Key Talent Personnel.

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