Female CEOs from UK tech startups are heading to Silicon Valley to meet with industry leaders, gain mentorship on expanding into the US market and take part in networking sessions.
The programme has been organised by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK), in partnership with the British Consul General and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
The 17 CEOs will have the chance to join sessions and networking receptions with female leaders from Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Greylock Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Nextdoor, Huddle, among others.
The women will be led by serial entrepreneur and angel investor Sherry Coutu. “Scale-ups play an important role in stimulating economic growth," she said.
"I am delighted to be able to introduce these inspirational British business women, who are growing their businesses hundreds-of-times faster than ‘normal’ or ‘average’ businesses, to each other, fellow entrepreneurs, potential customers and partners in Silicon Valley, so they will be able to share experiences and continue to grow their businesses as a direct result.”
Priya Guha, British consul general to San Francisco, said the city was delighted to support these high-growth companies to come, learn and build new business opportunities in the Bay area that is the world’s fastest growing high-tech region.
“It will be a unique experience for women in tech, in both the US and UK, providing a first-ever opportunity for leading women entrepreneurs to have a meeting of minds and foster collaboration between British and American innovative businesses.”
The 17 female CEOs visiting San Francisco are:
- Bethany Koby of Technology Will Save Us
- Brynne Herbert of MOVE Guides
- Clare Flynn Levy of Essentia
- Claire Hooper of Cambridge Temperature Concepts
- Clare Sutcliffe of Code Club
- Debbie Wosskow of Love Home Swap
- Emily Brooke of Blaze
- Gemma Cocker of Neverbland
- Jenny Griffiths of Snap Fashion
- Jess Butcher of Blippar
- Julia Fowler of EDITD
- Michelle Wright of Cause4
- Roberta Lucca of Bossa Studios
- Sharonna Karni Cohen of Dreame
- Vicky Brock of Clear Returns
- Vivian Chan of Sparrho
- Caroline Daniel of the Financial Times Weekend