"Really useful for female senior executives within the technology sector. The attendees have deep and wide sector experience and can offer sound advice and guidance for the multiple challenges faced everyday when running a small tech business. I particularly appreciate the insights on fundraising and building towards the exit. I always learn something I can apply in my role. Lastly, the events foster an excellent networking environment, are hugely enjoyable and complemented by great venues, guest speakers and hospitality."

CEO, VC-backed health tech

"It was a fabulous event."

Director, SaaS

"Congratulations on the great reception you hosted at the House of Lords. I was honoured and delighted to attend. It was an impressive event."

US CEO/entrepreneur, ecommerce

“I attend a variety of networking events, especially affiliated with the Harvard MBA alumni group, but your event was genuinely one of the most energised and interesting which I’ve attended. Everyone was excited and willing to speak with one another.”

COO, US/UK media company

"One of the best events I have been to. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion - different views and opinions but all eloquently expressed."

Head of Renewables

"The format of the event was perfect.This was one of the most effective networking events I have attended, with the sort of people I would sacrifice my evening to meet and exchange views with."

Entrepreneur / angel investor

"Thank you for such a wonderful evening. It was a true (and rare!) pleasure to spend time in the company of such a quality bunch of ladies."

CFO, digital media

Women 4 Technology is a business focused network for female CEOs, CXOs, NEDs, VPs & investors in the technology and life science sectors, hosted by Founding Partner Ann Fisher. Our events have featured in WIRED Magazine’s round up of top technology networking events, Huffington Post & The Guardian.

Previous guest speakers

We have welcomed some truly inspirational speakers to our previous events.

Tugce Bulut, Founder/CEO – Streetbees

Streetbees is a market research platform for global brands, that has expanded to 87 countries in the last year.  Tugce is passionate about the power of data and the positive change it can bring to the world. Before founding Streetbees, she spent 6 years advising technology and consumer companies on accelerating growth in international markets.

Mariana Pereira, Director – Darktrace

Mariana is a Director of Darktrace, the world’s leading machine intelligence company for cyber security. Prior to Darktrace, Mariana held executive marketing roles in companies spanning multiple industries, including enterprise software company Autonomy and global FMCG leader Heinz.

Ting Zhang, Founder/CEO – Cambridge Business Solutions

Ting is a leading expert in doing business in China, with 20+ years’ experience working with clients from tech start ups to FTSE 100 companies and Wall Street institutions. Recently, she co-founded Crayfish International, a software platform for SMEs looking to do business in China.

Pru Ashby, Head of North America – London & Partners

Following 2 years heading up business development for London & Partners in New York, Pru returned to the UK, where she leads London & Partners’ North America inward investment team supporting & advising US and Canadian companies to set up and grow in London; and UK companies expanding into the North American market.

Jane Cooke, Founder – Jian People Consultancy

Jane was a key member of the leadership team that grew Abcam from a Cambridge University spin out to a team of over 1,000 across the UK, USA & Asia; and led a major cultural change process as site head of the company’s facility in China during 2016.

Sarah McVittie, Co-Founder – Dressipi

Serial entreprenuer Sarah McVittie co-founded Texperts, selling in 2009 in a multi-million pound transaction. She is now running her second venture, Dressipi, an innovative online fashion & retail discovery site which uses technology to raise the bar in consumer services.

Poppy Gustafsson, CEO EMEA – Darktrace

Darktrace is the world leader in Enterprise Immune System technology for cyber security, using new machine learning techniques based on the biological principles of the human immune system to detect previously unidentified cyber threats within computer networks in real time.

Emily Mackay, Founder/CEO – Crowdsurfer

A serial entrepreneur, Emily founded Crowdsurfer to provide data intelligence on the multi-billion dollar crowd economy, capturing and aggregating millions of data points on individual fundraises daily and offering access via an online dashboard or through a single API.

Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology – University of Cambridge

Professor Sahakian is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of cognitive psychopharmacology, neuroethics & neuropsychology. Professor Sahakian is collaborating with Bailey Fisher on unique research into cognitive & environmental factors influencing female founders/CEOs in pursuing their roles.

Simon Thorpe, UKBAA Business Angel of the Year 2016/2017

An angel investor in UK tech companies with 5 exits to date, Simon has so far backed 11 female founders. He is MD of Delta2020; sits on the board of Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Capital Group & Angel Academe; and is a mentor for the University of Manchester & Cambridge Judge Business School’s Accelerate Cambridge programme.

Edwina Dunn – Co-Founder, Dunnhumby

Edwina Dunn is Co-founder of Dunnhumby and creator of the Tesco Clubcard, an innovation that transformed Tesco and changed retailing forever.  Edwina led the growth of Dunnhumby over 12 years from a team of 2 to 1500 employees reaching 350m customers in 25 countries.

Martina King, CEO – Featurespace

Martina is CEO of Featurespace, NED at Debenhams, Cineworld and Capita Group and a Partner in Invoke Capital. Formerly Martina was CEO of augmented reality company Aurasma, MD of Capital Radio and MD Europe for Yahoo!

Shirin Dehghan, Founder/CEO – Arieso

Shirin founded Arieso in 2002, leading record growth year on year before exit to JDSU for $85m in 2013. Shirin’s achievements have been recognised with the award of Blackberry’s Top Woman in Technology 2006 and Investor All Stars Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.

Olivia Breen, Paralympic medallist

In 2012 aged 16, Olivia won bronze at the London Paralympic Games in the T35/38 4X100m relay, setting a new British record with her team, and was shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. Olivia is an ambassador for the charity Dreams Come True.

Ashley Smith, Principal – British Gas Venture Capital

Ashley Smith co-founded and manages British Gas’ Corporate VC fund, including originating and executing VC transactions in areas of interest to British Gas and establishing business unit relationships to ensure ongoing strategic relevance of and support for the portfolio.

Claire Cockerton, Deputy Head – Level39

Claire is a serial entrepreneur who co-led the implementation of Level39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator dedicated to fintech, retail and smart cities technologies. Claire is also Founding CEO of Innovate Finance and Chairman of Entiq.

Nickie Smith, Global Marketing Director – Microsoft

A marketing veteran with 25 years experience, Nickie has worked with some of digital’s biggest brands, including Microsoft, IBM, MSN & Hotmail. Nickie was the second employee at Expedia, the multi-million dollar online travel service spun out from Microsoft in 1999.

Angel Gambino, serial entrepreneur & investor

Angel works with innovative US & UK businesses developing or initiating high-quality digital entertainment. SVP Digital Innovation at Westfield Shopping Centre during the 2012 London Olympics & previously held senior roles in Strategy & Digital Media at BBC, MTV and Bebo.

Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion

Martha is UK Digital Champion, Chair of Go On UK and the Government Digital Advisory Board. Martha co-founded Lastminute.com, Europe’s largest travel & leisure site in1998, selling to Sabre Holdings in 2005. She is also NED at Marks & Spencer and mydeco.

Rowan Gardner, Director – Biolauncher

Rowan advises clients from start ups to international companies on creating value and attracting capital. Rowan helped launch Astia’s readiness program for women-led high-growth companies in the UK, and is a member of the Astia advisory board for Europe and the global life science cabinet.

Maria Dramalioti-Taylor, entrepreneur & angel investor

Engineer, entrepreneur & investor in mobile and internet ventures, co-founder of Incito Ventures, the angel network for mixed-gender tech start ups. Co-founder Protos Capital, a £30m fund spinning out IP assets from corporates, CEO of CipherGrid & mentored Stingray ($80m exit).

Hazel Moore, Chairman & Co-founder – FirstCapital

Hazel co-founded FirstCapital, an investment bank specialising in M&A and raising capital for high growth tech companies. Hazel is a member of the Investment Advisory panel of the £140m North West Fund & is on the Governing Board of the Technology Strategy Board.

Sarah Outen, record breaking ocean rower

At 23, Sarah became the first woman and youngest person to row solo 4,000 miles across the Indian Ocean. Her inspirational story sparked lively debate on the parallels between success in her field & business – vision, focus, determination, teamwork and communication.

Inmaculada Martinez, serial entrepreneur & investor

Inma is a digital media strategist & investor, described by Fortune and Time as one of Europe’s top talents in Human Factors & Social Engagement through Technology, and by Red Herring as one of the Top 40 most influential women in technology.

Sharon Vosmek, Silicon Valley Woman of Influence 2011

Sharon is CEO of Astia, the premier organisation globally supprting women-led high-growth companies as they grow their business. Astia’s exceptional success rate sees more than 60% of its start-ups achieving funding or exit within a year of qualifying for its fundraising program.

Emma Loisel, Non-Executive Director & investor

Emma is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Investor in high-growth ventures with a passion for innovating businesses, consumer offerings and industries through the adoption of technology.

Cathy Curling, Founder – Curling Consulting

Cathy works with world-leading electronics/photonics clients and drives UK government policy on innovative technology competitiveness. In her previous career she developed cutting-edge technology now used in Apple’s ipad.

Catherine Beech OBE, investor and advisor

An entrepreneur, adviser and specialist investor in early stage life science companies, Catherine is Director of Better2Know & Locate Therapeutics. Catherine co-founded the Cambridge Gateway Fund, was previously CEO of Oval Medical Technologies & CEO of Aitua and a member of the Governing Board of the Technology Strategy Board.

Sarah Davis, Founder – Fashionphile

Sarah Davis is a US-based entrepreneur and CEO of Fashionphile, the largest online retailer of pre-owned luxury handbags. Sarah shared her thoughts on running a successful online business.

Anne Miller, Director – The Creativity Partnership

A co-founder of the innovative TTP Group, Anne is one of the world’s most successful female inventors, with 39 patents to her name. Anne explored how we can overcome resistance in the face of new ideas.

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