Inspiring women: Sarah Tierney

The BAFTA-winning filmmaker who turned her love for digital into an international entertainment business which counts Andy Murray as a fan …

Name: Sarah Tierney
Founded: We Are Colony in February 2013 (launched February 2015)
Start-up elevator pitch: Global streaming service featuring award-winning filmmakers and actors
Industry: Media
Follow her: @sarahtierney

Why is she impressive?

Forget Netflix and the like, Sarah Tierney’s pay-as-you-go film streaming start-up gives you more by including access to exclusive behind-the-scenes extras; like those you would typically find on DVDs. With a penchant for film and entertainment – Tierney spent 10 years in film and is an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning filmmaker – the female entrepreneur has created a service that has captured audiences worldwide. It has account holders in 115 countries and paying users in 84 countries. Tennis ace Andy Murray is also a fan and in February 2016 invested in Tierney’s London-based start-up through crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Early-stage start-up fund Seedcamp, digital fund Firestartr, and Archer Gray; the New York media production company, equally support Tierney’s cause and were involved in a £1.4m funding round last year, bringing the start-up’s valuation to £6m.

Where can I find out more about Sarah Tierney?

Startups 100 2016: We Are Colony

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