Bra tycoon and one of the UK’s most decorated entrepreneurs Baroness Mone OBE has backed BusinessCloud’s 101 Female Founders of Tech list and urged more companies to do the same.
The list, which is set to appear in the final 2017 edition of BusinessCloud, will celebrate the incredible women who have taken an idea that uses tech in some way and turned it into a first-rate business.
The deadline for nominations is September 11th.
“The 101 Female Founders of Tech list is fantastic,” says Mone, who is going into the technology sector.
“I greatly support anything that shouts about inspirational women in business and I truly back anything that both supports and encourages women in that world.”
Scotland-born Mone rose to fame after starting the lingerie company and received an OBE for her outstanding contribution to business from the Queen in 2010.
“It’s brilliant what you’re doing with the 101 Female Founders of Tech list; the world needs to hear about them,” she says.
“When it comes down to it, it’s not a case of women competing with men, because we are very different.
“To be honest, I don’t want to be a man. We need to stop thinking like that and just start offering more mentoring and more networking for women, because once a woman gets her confidence going then there is no stopping her.
“That’s what we’ve got to work on, we must stop this competitiveness between men and women and instead inspire women.
“Lists such as the Female Founders of Tech is a perfect example of how we can encourage women in the world of business.”
Nominations for the list are still open – for more information on the criteria and how to enter see below.
- ‘Female founder’ is defined as a woman who started or co-founded a tech business (they do not need to currently still be involved in the business)
- Tech is defined as a company that is using tech to disrupt a traditional industry or is creating / selling a technology-based product
- To be considered the business must be based in the UK and the nominee should currently be living in the UK
- The judges are looking for supporting information, such as evidence of commercial success; growth; or global impact
- The closing date for entries is September 11th, 2017