May #FemaleTechFounder Night – Full lineup of speakers confirmed!

So excited to announce the full lineup of speakers for May’s #FemaleTechFounder Night, the fourth event!

Join us at Federation House, Manchester on Tuesday 14 May to hear four female tech founders and co-founders share their entrepreneurial journeys, celebrate recent successes and share what they’re excited about next.

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

Tickets are going fast, grab yours on Eventbrite. It’s free to attend but registration is required.

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Anna Dick (@Dixi_chick), CTO, Hiring Hub
Natalie Jameson (@njco2design), Founder and CEO, The Heroworx
Saskia Coplans (@ms__chief), Founder and Security Consultant, Digital Interruption
Elsa Zekeng (@elsazekeng), Director & Head of student engagement, Jobseekrs, Co-Founder, Solidarity In Tech

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

Also joining us for the Q&A panel discussion on what investors expect from a founder is:

Naomi Timperley (@naomitimperley) Chair of investment platform Capital Pilot

James Bedford (@jamesbedford140), Head of Investment Partnerships, Tech Nation

Jessica Jackson (@jessandthehive), Investment Director at GC Angels

About Anna Dick
Beginning within the frenetic world of agencies, Anna joined Moneysupermarket in 2006. The pursuit of technical progress within a fast-growth environment suited Anna, who found similar homes at OTB & Hotels4u, building teams that continuously challenged ways of working. Anna worked on large transformation projects for the BBC & Co-op, before being headhunted by Hiring Hub due to her technical & leadership skills.

About Natalie Jameson
Natalie Jameson is an author, speaker, social business architect and the founder of The Heroworx Institute, a training, software, and service design company. They solve complex business and social problems to grow a sustainably developed society and economy. Natalie has steered a multidisciplinary #portfoliopowered career and education across five countries, two children, and four industries including Acquisitions Finance, Sustainable Interior Architecture, Start-Up Healthcare. She is passionate about reimagining business education as the lever to diversity, women’s empowerment, and sustainable digital innovation. She continues to share her insights and offerings with founders, corporates, and universities. She believes if business practitioners all thought like human-centered designers, our approach to work and life will be purposefully diverse, creative and connected to humanity and the planet.

About Saskia Coplans
Saskia is a registered Data Protection Officer (DPO) and a privacy specialist. She has over ten years experience in information security and governance along with standards and policy development. She has worked across Europe and Central Asia for Governments, NGO’s, Regulators and the Private Sector.

Saskia is a founder of the InfoSec Hoppers, a group of women confronting the gender gap in InfoSec by working together to highlight diversity issues in the industry and make conferences, events and meet-ups more accessible. She sits on the board or OWASP Manchester and Techs and the city.

About Elsa Zekeng
Elsa is a multifaceted scientist – with a PhD in Infectious diseases and Global health. 9 months into her PhD she co-founded the Northwest Biotech Initiative aimed at developing the intersection of science (STEM) and commercialisation which started her entrepreneurial journey. She is currently part of the founding team of Jobseekrs and Co-founder of Solidarity In Tech. As a “European Commission” 2016 young leader and receiver of the Queen’s Ebola medal for service in West Africa, she advocates on all things youth empowerment, gender equality and sustainability framed under the sustainable development goals.

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 Naomi Timperley
One of Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, Naomi is an experienced partnerships and engagement consultant with established relationships across the UK. She has extensive experience working with startups and growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital and creative sectors. She was one of the Maserati 100 in 2015 – a definitive list of entrepreneurs who support the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. She has been a mentor for 8 years and mentored over 200 businesses. As one of 2 iDEA Industry Ambassadors in the world for the Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award for her work with Wakelet and iDEA, she is a big champion of Digital Skills for everyone. She is also an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School. She sits on GMCA’s Innovation Board, the Board of arts organisation Future Everything and is Chair of investment platform Capital Pilot.

About Jessica Jackson
Jess has over 4 years of experience working with tech businesses and startups, particularly with a focus on positive social impact. She completed multiple early stage equity investments for a Family Office and managed a portfolio of £5m+ before joining GC Angels. She is passionate about female-led businesses, running her own side-project Jess &The Hive, mentoring and supporting female creatives in managing their business at startup stage. She is also leading on a collaborative initiative to bring together female capital and female founders, alongside professional services to create an ecosystem addressing the diversity imbalance in investing. This project will have a unique brand and will be powered by the Growth Company.

About James Bedford
With a contacts list that reads like a who’s who of angel investing, James is an angel trainer and founder advisor at Tech Nation.

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