17 leading female UK tech CEO’s invited to Silicon Valley “scale-up” trip

Snap Fashion’s Jenny Griffiths, MOVE Guides’ Brynne Herbert, and Love Home Swap's Debbie Wosskow among delegates attending inaugural Silicon Valley Comes to the UK programme

17 female CEO’s behind some of the UK’s fastest-growing tech firms are heading to Silicon Valley today on an inaugural programme by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK), which will see them network with the likes of Google, LinkedIn, Silicon Valley Bank, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.

Ran in partnership with the British Consul General and the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) team in San Francisco, the programme intends to help the UK female tech leaders scale their business and build new networks to “expand the reach” of women-led companies to the US market.

Angel investor and serial entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE will lead the programme and has organised sessions and networking receptions with high-profile US start-ups such as Silicon Valley Bank, Huddle, and NextDoor, as well as meetings with “Silicon Valley influencers” including Julia Harts of Eventbrite, and Xoxchi Birch of Monkey Inferno and The Battery SF.

Boasting annual company turnover growth rates of over 300%, the 17 females delegates chosen for the initiative include Jenny Griffiths of Snap Fashion, a 2013 Young Gun One to Watch, Julie Fowler of Startups 100-listed EDITD; awarded Young Gun status in 2012, and Brynne Herbert of MOVE Guides which was recently named in the 2014 Startups 100.

Debbie Wosskow of 2014 Startups 100-listed Love Home Swap, and Jess Butcher of Blippar, featured in the Startups 100 2012, are also participating in the “first of its kind” scheme which takes place from September 8 to September 11.

The 17 female CEO’s joining the “first ever” SVC2UK programme are:

  • Bethany Koby – Technology Will Save Us
  • Brynne Herbert – MOVE Guides
  • Caroline Daniel – Financial Times Weekend
  • Claire Flynn Levy – Essentia
  • Dr Claire Hooper – Cambridge Temperature Concepts
  • Claire Sutcliffe – Code Club
  • Debbie Wosskow – Love Home Swap
  • Emily Brooke – Blaze
  • Gemma Cocker – NEVERBLAND
  • Jenny Griffiths – Snap Fashion
  • Jess Butcher – Blippar
  • Julia Fowler – EDITD
  • Michelle Wright – Cause4
  • Roberta Lucca – Bossa Studios
  • Sharonna Karni Cohen – Dreame
  • Vicky Brock – Clear Returns
  • Dr Vivian Chan – Sparrho

SVC2UK founder, Coutu, said: “Scale-ups play an important role in stimulating economic growth.

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“I am delighted to be able to introduce these inspirational British business women growing their businesses hundreds-of-times faster than ‘normal’ or ‘average’ businesses to each other, fellow entrepreneurs, potential customers and partners in Silicon Valley so they will be able to share experiences and continue to grow their businesses as a direct result.”

Priya Guha, head of the British Consul General to San Francisco, added:

“It will be a unique experience for women-in-tech in both the US and UK, providing a first-ever opportunity for leading women entrepreneurs to have a meeting of minds and foster collaboration between British and American innovative businesses.”


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