UK’s top female tech entrepreneurs celebrated in new index

Martha Lane Fox, Sarah Wood and Eileen Burbidge have topped list of Europe's “most inspirational” female tech leaders

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Nearly half (23) of the top 50 women in European technology are from the UK, such as Martha Lane Fox and Unruly’s Sarah Wood, according to an index published by not-for-profit organisation Inspiring Fifty today.

The list, which seeks to recognise and showcase the “most inspirational” women in leadership positions within the tech sector, was voted for by a panel of judges from Europe and the US following “hundreds” of nominations.

Alice Bentinck, co-founder of start-up fund Entrepreneur First, also made the list alongside investor Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital; Nancy Cruickshank, founder & CEO of Startups 100 company and Startups Awards finalist MyShowcase; and Justine Roberts; founder & CEO of Mumsnet and Gransnet.

Yesterday it was announced that Cass Stavrou, founder of Startups 100-listed PROPERCORN, has been nominated for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards.

Janneke Niessen, co-initiator of Inspiring Fifty, commented: “These 50 women are the best-of-the-best, with truly inspirational careers.”

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