Techpreneurs Awards for Women 2019


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What a success!

The 2019 Techpreneurs Awards for Women were held in the House of Lords on the 7th of February. Women empowerment in the tech industry was celebrated extensively. View our photos or read our press release to look back on this incredible evening.

2019 Winners

The Techpreneurs Awards were a success, and we are happy to announce this year’s winners.

Conceptual Award

Zsuzsa Mayer, EcoSync

Veteran Award

Alex Depledge,


2019 Finalists

Meet the finalists of the Conceptual and Veteran Category for the Techpreneurs Awards for Women 2019, who will be pitching in the House of Lords on the 7th of February.

Zsuzsa Mayer,

Eco Sync

Zsuzsa is a chartered engineer and a chartered scientist with an MSc in chemical engineering (2008) and a PhD in renewable energy (2012). She also holds several patents on biofuel production. In addition, she was also the youngest (and first women) laboratory manager in Oxford University.

Anya Roy,


As a co-founder of Syrona, Anya has a background in mathematics and science. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and has diverse experience working in top tier investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and the EIB, the investment banking arm of the EU.

Gita Khalili Moghaddam,


Gita is the director and lead entrepreneur of TumourVue Ltd with 14 years of experience in artificial intelligence and Medtech. With a PhD degree in biomedical engineering and a PhD degree in biotechnology, she is role model for other women in innovative technologies.


Alex Depledge,


Alex is CEO and, with Jules Coleman, co-founder of Resi. Prior to this, in 2012, the pair set up, now called, Europe’s largest domestic cleaning marketplace. In addition, Alex is an advocate for workplace well-being and regularly comments on issues such as mental health and maternity/ paternity rights.

Lise Pape,

Walk With Path

Lise leads the team at Walk With Path and is responsible for overall project management, product development and future commercialisation. Her background is in Human Biology and Innovation Design Engineering from King’s College London, Imperial College, and the Royal College of Art.

Colleen Becker,

Sampson Solutions

Colleen’s career began in internationally renowned arts and cultural organisations including the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim, and carried through a freelance non-profit business development career in New York.

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.

2019 Shortlist

These women and their inspiring businesses have been shortlisted

for the Techpreneurs Awards for Women 2019.

Miranda McCarthy, Wavelength VR

Sophie Smith,

Nabta Healthcare

Benedetta Arese Lucini,

Oval Money

Rene Perkins,

City Maas

Camilla Taylor,


Felicia Meyerowitz,


2019 Runners-up

These women and their inspiring businesses have been shortlisted

for the Techpreneurs Awards for Women 2019.

Savannah de Savary,


Aimée Bryan, Project Kitchen Table

Alexandra Hussenot, Immersionn

Charlotte McMillan, Storychest

Sukhi Jutla, MarketOrders

Nadia Sood, Oktober6 Ltd

Stacie CC Graham’s, Pang

Nageela Yusuf, Cerebriam Studio

Lucy Whittington, Statzy

Sarah Malter, Kapitalise

Mansata Kurang, VR Revival

Kiran Bhagotra, ProtectBox

Babita Devi, mySircles

Courtney Carlsson Paradym

Amanda Cai, iContract

Julia Brucher, Kidsorted

Joy Foster, TechPixies

Paula Wilkinson, Mums Bake Cakes

Lauren Riley, The Link App



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?

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


Marie Koziol

Event planner

Roxanne Dhaveloose

Event planner


Eleanor Mills

Eleanor Mills is Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine which was named Supplement of the Year at the prestigious 2018 British Press Awards. A passionate advocate of equality and keen feminist, Eleanor is Chair of Women in Journalism, the UK’s premier network for female journalists across print, radio, TV and online, Her publications include: Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women, which is on the A level syllabus. She is on the board of the New York based Centre for Talent Innovation think tank and is a trustee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). She appears regularly on TV and radio and lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, The Sunday Times EDITOR, The Sunday Times Magazine

Our judges

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.

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.

Manjari Chandran-Ramesh

Investment Director within the Technology Partnership, IP Group

Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, is an Investment Director, Technology at IP Group plc where she takes an active role as a Board Director in various software (AI/Machine Learning) assets of the portfolio whilst also evaluating new opportunities. Most recently has been responsible for the trade sale of TheySay Ltd. A Rhodes Scholar, she has a PhD from University of Oxford (Mobile Robotics Group).

Stephanie Opdam

VC Investor, Notion

Stephanie works in the Investment team at Notion ( where she is actively searching for disruptive tech investments in the B2B space in Europe at the Series A/B stages. Prior, Stephanie worked at Columbia Lake Partners, where she was responsible for the analysis of growth stage technology companies and the structuring of venture debt facilities.

Bridget Connell

Angel Investor

Bridget is an Angel investor who concentrates on technology start-ups founded by women. She has a background of over 25 years working in IT, digital and mobile at DHL, O2 and Telefonica as Programme Director where she specialised bringing new ideas and disruptive technologies quickly to market. Bridget is an accredited coach and works with entrepreneurs supporting them in rapidly scaling their businesses and obtaining external investment.

Sarah Ryan

Group Corporate Development Director, CentralNic plc.

Sarah Ryan is the Group Corporate Development Director at CentralNic plc., sourcing and executing acquisitions to implement the company’s acquisition-led growth strategy. Previously, had similar roles at LexisNexis and Thomson Financial and began her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch.

Our Mentors

Meet our amazing mentors!

Marcia Zander

Silicon Valley technology senior executive and board member with multi-billion dollar revenue record. Her focus is on creating value for companies through growth and scale, with emphasis on high margin revenue.

Marcia was a core member of the semiconductor unicorn, NetLogic. She led its growth from zero  revenue to IPO to a sale to  Broadcom for $3.7 billion. She advises founders and CEOs helping them scale & grow, and mentors young entrepreneurs.

Claire Cockerton

Serial entrepreneur driven by big mission business ideas in the technology, real estate and innovation sectors.

Founder & CEO of Plexal Founder & CEO of ENTIQ Founder & CEO of Innovate Finance

Claire Cockerton is a specialist in tech clusters, innovation services and startup eco-systems. Her focus is on building and growing companies that are out to make a positive social and economic impact.

Partners and sponsors

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

“The University Women’s Club is proud to have hosted the first Techpreneur Awards event in 2014 – we send our best wishes for another successful event in 2019”

Ann Hallam, Chairwoman

What previous winners of the the awards say:

“The Techpreneurs awards bring together a deeply connected network which resulted in both VC investment as well as commercial outcomes for VChain’s business development in aviation and defence. There is no other award which gives a platform this prestigious to women in technology, and I highly recommend them”.

Irra Ariella Khi

Founder&Ceo VChain

“Winning the Techpreneur’s Award For Women in 2018 was both a huge honour and a huge help. Presenting in the House of Lords and winning such a prestigious award opened doors for the MeeTwo project”

Suzi Godson

Co-Founder Me Two

“Being shortlisted for the Women Techpreneur’s Awards 2018 and then winning the ‘public vote’ was a great experience for me and for my company. It felt like a vindication of my passion and vision to provide women with affordable and convenient access to expert gynaecologists. The Awards brought my company to the positive attention of potential investors for which I am grateful’

Dr Karen Morton

Consultant gynaecologist and Founder of Dr Morton’s- the medical helpline


Irra Ariella Khi, VChain Technology

Suzi Godson, MeeTwo

Karen Morton, Dr Morton’s

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

Previous Awards

The 2019 Awards will be the fourth, with an impressive list of previous finalists, judges and ambassadors.


The 2018 Awards took place on 18 January 2018 at the House of Commons.

Prizes included: A case of LECLERC BRIANT Champagne and Mentoring Sessions

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 : Irra Ariella Khi, VChain Technology Veteran : Suzi Godson, MeeTwo Veteran and Runner Up : Karen Morton, Dr Morton’s


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)


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

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.