#FemaleTechFounder Night – March event round up

Yesterday’s #FemaleTechFounder Night, the second ever event, was fantastic!

Thanks again to sponsor ThoughtWorks for the venue and lovely food and refreshments.

After a great Q&A panel discussion on the role of mentors featuring Nicola Ellis (@Nic_Ellis88), Programme Manager, Tech Manchester and Lauren Halket, founder, Key Talent Personnel, it was great to hear four very different entrepreneurial journeys in the form of fantastic lightning talks from four inspiring female founders and co-founders.

First up was Tanya Nicol (@TanyaNicol), founder of Tripptee.com who shared about the impact mentoring had had in shaping her travel tech startup, TrippTee.

Next up was Dot McCarthy (@DotMcCarthy), founder of Farmer2Foodie who shared about developing a tech platform that connects foodies to local farmer produce, while studying part-time for a Masters and running a hill farm!

PJ Surani (@PJSurani), Digital Success Manager, Computer Rock inspired us all with her journey from tech enabler to the corporate and enterprise world to developer of a new platform that helps early stage tech businesses around the world scale from MVP (minimum viable product) to scaleup.

Emma Ryan (@emmaryan), co-founder of Wattl demonstrated the award winning infinitely scrollable video platform that is Wattl and talked about the inspiration and motivations for it.

The Q&A session at the end, ably compered by our host for the evening, Claire-Marie Boggiano (@CMBoggiano), director, Lurig Ltd, was absolutely riveting.

Questions on the real-life issues and factors that affect deciding between equity and debt when securing funding for a startup featured significantly, so much so that there will be a strong focus on raising funding at next month’s event.

We were particularly pleased with the fact that there were more men in the audience this time than at the first event, we’re doing something right on that count!

As it was on the eve of International Women’s Day, it was exciting to watch Claire-Marie hand out suffragette sashes to all the speakers at the end. Made for some fantastic photos!

If you were there and have some suggestions as to how we can improve, please do not hesitate to get in touch, either by posting on our question board or by reaching out on Twitter or LinkedIn.

The next event is on Tuesday 9 April and as before, we will be asking for nominations for speakers. Keep an eye out for the speaker form in coming days, and news of exciting developments!

UPDATE: Tickets now available for the April event, and we’re looking for speakers!

All in all, it was a great event last night and the tweets that follow capture the vibe and re-tell the event a lot better. Enjoy!