Manchester FoundHER Festival winner announced!

After sharing her great business idea, Jen Bailey has been given the chance to hear from the names behind Planet Organic, AllBright, and DotForge.

Competition update: Winner announced and AllBright are proud to announce the winner of our FoundHER competition… Jennifer Bailey of Calla Shoes!

Bailey has received two free tickets to the Manchester FoundHER festival which runs today and tomorrow after sharing her business idea with us: “Calla is a brand of beautiful shoes for stylish ladies who suffer from a common foot condition called bunions”.

Bailey, a long-time sufferer of bunions, created Calla Shoes in 2015 after years spent looking for shoes that fitted around bunions comfortably and didn’t leave bunions exposed.

With clever adjustments and careful material choice, she has designed a range of high-end fashionable shoes that are comfortable for her feet and the feet of others afflicted with bunions.

Jen Bailey Calla Shoes

Find out more about our competition winner Calla Shoes here.


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Our competition

Female founders and budding female entrepreneurs are in for a treat as we’re running an exclusive competition to give two lucky readers the opportunity to attend the FoundHER Festival in Manchester on July 3 and July 4.

Organised by AllBright – the female-focused crowdfunding platform set up by Debbie Woskow OBE and former Hearst Magazine CEO Anna Jones – FoundHER is a celebration of female entrepreneurship and is designed to give a platform to women in business who don’t usually share their stories.

A two-city programme, with events also taking place in London, the Manchester arm of the festival will combine a mixture of inspirational and educational panels, workshops, fireside chats, and networking events.

Speakers at the Manchester FoundHER will include Renee ElliotT; founder of multi-million pound health food supermarket chain Planet Organic, Emma Cheshire; founder of high-profile tech start-up accelerator DotForge, and Jennie Johnson, founder of successful children’s brand Kids Allowed.

Award-winning entrepreneur Carolyn Pearson, Brighter World Energy founder Cheryl Latham, and Manchester City Council chief executive Joanne Roney will also be headlining at the event which is sponsored by names such as Ernst & Young.

So how can you win a ticket to learn from these successful female entrepreneurs on how to build and grow your business?

All you need to do is tell us what your great business idea is via Twitter, in 140 characters or less. Tweets should be sent to our Twitter handle @startupstowers and include the hashtag #FoundHER

Tweets need to be submitted by midnight Wednesday 28 June and we will reveal the names of the two winners, as selected by AllBright, on Friday 30 June.

Enter now!

To find out more about the FounderHER festival, click here.


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