Virgin StartUp announces event to support Britain’s “up and coming” female entrepreneurs

Female start-up owners invited to listen to WAH Nails’ Sharmadean Reid and Cosmopolitan’s Louise Court at Ignition event

Women at pre-start-up stage or within the early stages of running a business have the opportunity to attend a new event, Ignition, which looks to  support Britain’s “up and coming” female entrepreneurs.

Launched by Virgin StartUp, Branson’s latest Virgin company which provides funding and support for start-ups, the event is set to include a line-up of leading women in business including food expert Annabel Karmel, WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid, and Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Louise Court, who will each share their success stories.

Timed to coincide with Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the event will run on November 19 at Hoxton’s Snap Studios and will also include one-to-one mentoring sessions via pre-bookable business clinics.

Virgin StartUp also wants the event to encourage networking between “like-minded individuals” and intends to bring together over 100 new businesses on the day.

Mei Shui, Virgin StartUp managing director, commented: “We’re pleased that female-owned businesses have increased to 19% in the UK, but that still leaves a lot of room for improvement and we just know there’s more potential.

“We are delighted that so many amazing women have joined us to create this exciting event and help women across the UK build thriving businesses.”

Food entrepreneur, Annabel Karmel, said:

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“It’s an honour to be part of this inspiring event with Virgin StartUp. Having juggled the demands of motherhood with building a thriving enterprise, I’m excited to be sharing my story and advice with an audience of passion-driven women who want to succeed in their own business ventures. This event is ideal for any women with an inkling to take that first step into starting-up.”

Ignition will take place on Wednesday 19th November from  9.30am to 3pm, to book your ticket click here.


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