The winner of the 2017 Most Influential Woman in UK IT accolade, Sherry Coutu, tells the audience of the Computer Weekly and Mortimer Spinks Diversity in Tech event what a great honour it is to be selected and explains the benefits of being a tech entrepreneur.
Coutu is one of the UK’s most successful angel investors, working with and investing in entrepreneurs to use digital technology to develop marketplaces, as well as working with students and teachers in education technology. She advises and serves on the boards of companies, charities and institutions such as the London Stock Exchange, Cambridge University, Raspberry Pi and Zoopla.
As an angel investor, she has made direct angel investments in more than 50 companies and holds investments in three venture capital firms. She founded and chairs the not-for-profit organisation Founders4schools, and co-founded Silicon Valley Comes to the UK.
Here, she makes her acceptance speech, in which she says she believes the IT industry is the “best place for all of us to work together to create the future that we want it to be”.