Techpreneurs Awards for Women 2019

Applications are open

2019 Awards

Thanks to the kind invitation of Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to host the 2019 Awards in the House of Lords.

Enjoy a night celebrating your achievements and your company’s successes while networking with fellow entrepreneurs, VCs, business leaders and high net worth investors.



Are you a woman involved in a tech enterprise that has not yet started actively trading?




Are you a woman who plays a definitive role in an existing tech enterprise which has been trading for less than five years and has a turnover of less than £10m?




Are you interested in buying tickets to the live pitch and Awards at the House of Lords on 18th January 2018?



The Awards have gathered a panel of expert judges who know exactly what a solid tech proposition and strong leadership look like. Check back soon for more announcements as we continue to confirm the line-up.

Maggie Rodriguez-Piza

CEO, Funding London

Since taking the helm at Funding London in late 2009, Maggie’s main focus has been the planning, creation and launch of new funds to continue to support the company’s mission.

Kelsey Lynn-Skinner

Director Technology Ventures, Touchstone Innovations

Kelsey joined Touchstone Innovations in 2012 as Director Technology Ventures, and focuses primarily on energy, materials and connected device (Internet of Things) technologies.

Rebecca Hunt

Early Stage VC Investor, Octopus Ventures

Rebecca joined the Ventures team in 2012, and focuses on the assessment of investment opportunities, deal origination and ongoing portfolio management. Her specialist interests are in all things consumer.

Camilla Dolan

Principal, Burda Principal Investments

Camilla joined Burda in 2017 and heads up the London office, looking at investment across Europe including France, Scandinavia and Germany. Camilla is a growth stage investor in B2C digital companies.

Judith Clegg

CEO and Founder, Takeout

Judith is a highly experienced consultant, award winning entrepreneur and co-creator of the #HANDSOFF campaign to end violence against women and children.

Danvers Baillieu

COO InfoSum

Danvers is a qualified solicitor, and worked in corporate law firms in London for over 10 years, before taking up his first COO role in 2012. He joined InfoSum in 2016.

Daniela Menzky

Chief Operating Officer at CyNation Limited

Daniela has over 25 years of international and diverse industry sector experience, ranging from senior general management expertise within global corporates such as Kodak, Avon Products and HAVI Logistics to technology SMEs. She is the Co-founder and COO of CyNation, a cyber security and compliance solutions firm.

Cathy White

Founder and Director,
CEW Communications

Founder and Director of CEW Communications, a partner for scale-ups. Prior, she’s worked for Tech City UK, Seedcamp and is a Director of GeekGirl Meetup UK. She’s surrounded herself with entrepreneurs and is a proud supporter of women in tech.

Karen McCormick

Chief Investment Officer at Beringea

Karen is Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, responsible for making new investments and working with portfolio companies through to exit. Her investments include Watchfinder, Thread, Blis, Monica Vinader, and MatsSoft amongst others. Karen was previously with the Boston Consulting Group and ran the Watch division of Swiss Army/Wenger. She also has experience with start-ups as both a founder and advisor.


Irra Ariella Khi, VChain Technology

Suzi Godson, MeeTwo

Karen Morton, Dr Morton’s

The Techpreneurs Awards FINALISTS 2018

Kate Briscoe, CEO of Celame UK
Sophie Deen, CEO of Bright Little Labs
Natasha Freidus, CEO and Founder of Needs List
Suzi Godson, Co-Founder of MeeTwo
Irra Arielle Khi, CEO of Vchaintechnology
Karen Morton, founder of Dr Mortons
Felicity Stinton, CEO and Founder of DeadRight
Divikka Wood, founder of Vida

Prize Giving 2018

We are pleased to anounce that Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital will be giving the prizes!

Partners and sponsors

We are grateful for the support and sponsorship these organisations offer – we couldnt run the Awards without them.

Why are these awards necessary?

There are other awards out there for women entrepreneurs and for women in tech – but fewer for those who are both.

Unfortunately the word “tech” and the idea of starting a business often conjures up images of alien stereotypes: usually male! Yet skills such as marketing, design, sales and team leadership are often just as important. So if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert in MYSQL or PHP or in ROI’s and cash flows, don’t worry: all you need is the ability to find the right people who are.

There is nothing new about the movement to encourage more women into tech jobs where there are jobs to be filled and a painfully low percentage of women filling them. What is different about these Awards is the idea of encouraging women to actually start their own businesses.

Fiona Scott Lazareff


Patricia Bijazic

Event planner


Kateryna Portmann

Founder of HealthTech Network Asia

Asma Butt

Channel Lead at a Fintech based in Level39 

Previous Awards

The 2018 Awards will be the third, with an impressive list of previous finalists, judges and ambassadors. 


The 2015 Awards took place on 10 December 2015 at the House of Commons.

Prizes included:

Full digital marketing strategy & execution workshop
2-hour digital marketing accelerator sessions
12-month digital subscription to Tatler
A case of LECLERC BRIANT Champagne
A business plan challenging workshop from KPMG
Three dinners with a mentor at The Modern Pantry


The 2014 Awards took place on 26 June at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair.

Prizes included:

A case of Virginie T champagne
A guaranteed pitching slot at an Angel Academe event
Mentoring sessions with leading entrepreneurs
Membership of The University Women’s Club


Conceptual Elodie Draperi (Give Vision)
Veteran Lucy Stonehill (BridgeU)
Veteran runner up: Imogen Wethered (Qudini)


Conceptual Laura Willoughby MBE (Club Soda) 
Veteran Rosemary Francis MD (Ellexus)


Bridget Connell Angel Investor, Board Advisor & Start-up Coach, Angel Academe
Scheherezade Davidson CEO, Tricerion Limited
Priyanka Karunanithi Investor, Octopus Ventures
Tabitha Goldstaub Co-Founder Project Placed
Rosa Glover Investment Manager, Capital Enterprise/London Co-Investment Fund; Co-Founder, Together;  Co-Founder, The Prospect
Judith Clegg Founder & CEO, Takeout
Camilla Dolan Investment Manager, MMC Ventures
Elizabeth Varley Co-Founder and CEO, TechHub
David Hathiramani Co-Founder,A Suit That Fits
Lisa Heneghan Partner, KPMG
Emma Lloyd Director of Business Development, BSKYB
Mandeep Singh Co-Founder and CEO,
Sarah Wood Co-Founder and co-CEO,
Pinky Lilani Founder and CEO, Spice Magic


Bec Astley Clarke Founder and Chairman,
Kayleigh Bateman Special Projects Editor, Computer Weekly
David Hathiramani Co-Founder, A Suit That Fits
Lisa Heneghan Partner, KPMG
Emma Lloyd Director of Business Development, BSKYB
Cordelia Meacher Managing Director, Fieldhouse Associates
Sonia Powar Partner, BOOST & Co
Mandeep Singh Co-Founder and CEO,
Olivia Solon Deputy Editor,
Lucy Tobin Senior News Feature Writer, Evening Standard
Sarah Turner Founder, Angel Academe 
Victoria Walton Co-founder and COO,
Debbie Wosskow Founder and CEO,
Elizabeth Varley Co-Founder and CEO, TechHub

Press coverage from previous years

The Awards attract interest from a diverse range of publications, demonstrated by this selection of press coverage from previous years.

Why enter the awards?

There are a number of benefits for you and your company from applying to or attending the awards.


Recognition of achievement by high-flying judges in the worlds of tech and finance


Network with other entrepreneurs, VCs, business leaders and more.


Enjoy increased visibility through press coverage


Attract new investors, users and potential hires

Application deadline:
Monday 11th December 2017

Complete all sections of the application form and return with relevant documents to the Techpreneurs team by Monday 11th December.

Once you’ve applied, just save the date for the live pitching and Awards ceremony to take place in the House of Lords on 18th January 2018.

Still have questions? Please email and we’ll be happy to help.