Diversity

Martha Lane-Fox champions women in business with all-female head-to-head

By Oliver Smith 12 January 2016
Martha Lane Fox has already called out unconscious bias against women in tech.
Summary

Baroness launching nation-wide competition to champion Britain's best female entrepreneurs.

In-between helping the Government to fix the woefully technologically challenged NHS and calling for a rethink of the costly High Speed 2 rail plan, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox has been championing women in technology.

Doteveryone, Lane-Fox’s new public body “to make Britain the leader in the networked world”, yesterday announced a two-day competition for female co-founders of small British tech businesses.

The competition gained immediate support on Twitter from Lord Sugar, Kathryn Parsons, the co-founder and co-CEO of coding school Decoded, Times columnist Caitlin Moran and Lane-Fox’s Lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman.

With women only occupying 17% of tech jobs, the 5050tech Challenge is “designed to encourage gender balance” by giving 12 successful co-founders the chance to pitch their idea to over 30 seed investors and venture capitalists.

 

The 5050tech Challenge is taking place at Campus in London on the 7 and 8 February, but the deadline for applications is midday on 22 January.