Female Founders Trade Mission to Silicon Valley 2018

Fifteen leaders of London's fastest-growing women-led tech companies will head to Silicon Valley from 8 – 12 May for an international trade mission organised by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK and the Mayor's International Business Programme.

Led by Janet Coyle, Director, Trade and Growth at London & Partners, the founders and CEOs will learn from US founders about scaling businesses globally, drum up investment, develop new networks and identify new customers in the Bay area. These women entrepreneurs represent some of the UK's most exciting high-growth companies across sectors and collectively employ almost 400 people.

Together, London & Partners and Silicon Valley comes to the UK have arranged four trade missions of women founders from London to Silicon Valley. In June, they are excited to welcome a reciprocal mission of North American women entrepreneurs and business leaders to London for an impactful programme during London Tech Week.

#BehindEveryGreatCity

Both trade missions are part of the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in January to mark the centenary of the first women in the UK winning the right to vote and drive forward gender equality across the city. These women founders demonstrate the talent we have in London and their high-growth businesses are disrupting our world for the better.

“London’s tech ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world and the women in tech on this trade mission to Silicon Valley offer further proof that you can grow a successful tech business in London regardless of your gender or background. I am pleased that my International Business Programme is able to help them maximise their investment and networking opportunities in North America, creating further jobs and growth for London. As two of the world’s leading tech hubs, there is a great opportunity for London and Silicon Valley to lead the way in promoting greater diversity for the global tech community.” Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

With 1,283 growing women-led companies contributing a total of £26.1 billion in revenue, women play a vital role in future-proofing the UK economy. Over the past year, 44% of companies led by women grew at over 20% while 21% of companies led by women grew at over 50%. *

This mammoth growth demonstrates the important role of women in helping the UK achieve economic goals. In leading this trade mission, the Mayor’s International Business Programme and SVC2UK is supporting the growth and international expansion of some of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK.

The 15 businesses and founders joining the programme this year are:

•  Abigail Rappoport, CEO, Emoquo
•  Anne McNamara, co-founder & CEO, Shine Bid
•  Darina Garland, co-founder & chief experience officer, Uuni
•  Devika Wood, founder & CEO, Vida
•  Ella Goldner, co-founder and general manager, Zinc
•  Harmeen Birk, co-founder & director, Zenkai Consulting,
•  Hellen Bowey, co-founder & CEO, Alcove
•  Jessica Taylor, managing director, Preloaded
•  Joanne Smith, founder & Group CEO, Recordsure & TCC
•  Lucy Stonehill, founder & CEO, BridgeU
•  Merilee Karr, founder & CEO, UnderTheDoormat Ltd
•  Paloma Strelitz, co-founder & partner, Assemble
•  Dr Sheri Jacobson, founder & CEO, Harley Therapy Ltd
•  Tamara Littleton, founder & CEO, The Social Element
•  Pip Jamieson, founder and CEO of The Dots Global

Learn more about the mission and these founders -  

Discover #BehindEveryGreatCity and collaboration between Silicon Valley and London here or learn more about our Female Founders and their views.

Click here to check in on the trade mission progress so far.

Find out here how London & Silicon Valley can learn from each other to create the next Unicorns?