Female Founders International Visit: Pre Mission

Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder CEO of Century Tech, describes why she took the opportunity to be a part of the SVC2UK and Mayor's International Business Programme visit to the West Coast.

Being the founder of a tech company based in London, I am incredibly lucky. This truly global city is the tech capital of Europe and there is a large number of very talented people that live here. However, having heard of the huge success of previous SVC2UK trips, when the opportunity arose for me to join this year’s with 14 other female founders, I jumped at the opportunity. Silicon Valley is synonymous with innovation, pushing the boundaries and being the best. Not only that, but it is home to some of the biggest and best tech companies in the world and the chance to visit and learn from them is a tantalising offer for any tech entrepreneur!  

The founders joining this trip are all female entrepreneurs that are building innovative, disruptive and fast growth tech companies across a range of industries based in London. We have joined this trip for a number of reasons - to learn, to be inspired and to meet potential investors, customers and mentors. Looking at the packed agenda there will certainly be lots of opportunities for this. We will meet with some amazing companies including Facebook, Instagram and Slack to name but a few, which will doubtlessly be a source of inspiration for all of us as we look to grow our own companies.

With just two days until we leave, we are all getting excited. Check back in on Monday to find out how our first day went!