These 15 UK female founders are looking to make it big in Silicon Valley
Entrepreneurs behind Blippar, Live Better With, and Seenit among those attending the mayor's Tech Trade Mission in an effort to expand in the US
15 of the top female founders behind some of the UK's fastest growing tech companies will be travelling to San Francisco aka Silicon Valley next Monday 23 May in a bid to crack the US and raise investment.
Travelling as part of the mayor of London's Female Founders in Tech Trade Mission, the entrepreneurs taking part include Tamara Rajah and Emily Forbes – whose companies Live Better With and Seenit featured in the 2016 Startups 100 index this week.
Other notable founders in attendance include Blippar co-founder Jess Butcher and Growing Business Young Gun Emma Sinclair; founder of Enterprise Jungle.
Backed by SVC2UK and led by London & Partners, the four-day trade mission will give the founders the chance to meet with senior representatives from Silicon Valley including Facebook, LinkedIn and Silicon Valley Bank, as well as Britons from the business community who have successfully scaled their companies on the West Coast.
The 15 budding female founders attending the trade mission are:
- Caroline Plumb of FreshMinds
- Dana Denis-Smith of Obelisk Support
- Dupsy Abiola of Intern Avenue
- Emily Forbes of Seenit
- Emma Sinclair of EnterpriseJungle
- Jess Butcher of Blippar
- Lucy Symons of Village Infrastructure
- Kerri-Lynn Hauck of Fabric
- Melissa Morris of Network Locum
- Sarah McVittie of Dressipi
- Sarah Kerruish of TrialReach
- Sandra Sassow of SEaBEnergy
- Sophie Newton of Brainlabs
- Susan Harvey of Vocality
- Tamara Rajah of Live Better With
Janet Coyle, principal adviser on the mayor’s International Business Programme and MD SVC2UK at London & Partners, said:
“Silicon Roundabout and Silicon Valley both offer investors access to world-class tech talent and unrivalled opportunities to internationalise and scale up. We have a wonderfully inspiring group of women on the delegation this year who are leading some of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK.
“On average, the annual growth rate of these companies’ turnover is more than 230 per cent. I look forward to watching these companies achieve the successes that they deserve in the coming years and hope that this international visit will help them get there.”