In 2021-2022 we ran Beyond HERizons, a programme offering a balance of education, support and networking opportunities to a cohort of female founders
We launched Beyond HERizons to:
Support our female founder network on their scaling journeys
Empower female founders to pursue and secure funding
Build an inclusive and diverse network passionate about
balancing gender inequalities in the investment ecosystem
Why we launched this programme
of entrepreneurs in the UK are female
of leadership positions in the UK technology sector are held by women
of startup funding in the UK goes to female-only founding teams
Beyond HERizons includes a balance of content, practical support and investor networking opportunities. The programme is curated to be impactful and practical, ensuring that cohort members receive tangible support from experts, our partners and each other. The five streams of programme content are:
Experts & Advocates
International Trade Mission
Peer & Ecosystem Networking
Beyond HERizons supports female-led companies that are actively looking to secure their next round of investment to continue their journey to scale. Applications are now closed. Find out about future programme intakes through our newsletter and LinkedIn. Eligibility criteria:
Have secured previous investment
Have between 5-100 employees
Have a turnover of less than £40m
Have a UK-registered company
Have a minimum viable product
To be actively seeking investment within the next 12-18 months
our 2021-2022 cohort
Founder, Alfa Vega
AlfaVega.com is the easiest way to shop sustainable fashion and lifestyle products from 80+ brands. Founded as Aequem in 2018 by two female co-founders – the award winning company has quickly gained significant industry and media recognition, and is now ready for the next level growth.
Co-Founder / COO, LAIIER / Bare Conductive
LAIIER integrates intelligence where costly events are likely to occur transforming coatings into connected sensors. Working with chemicals, construction, and insurance companies monitoring, water leaks, level, and moisture. Founded in 2020 by Bare Conductive, the world’s largest printed-electronics prototyping community.
Founder / CEO, BYP Network
BYP Network is a platform that connects Black professionals to each other and corporations. They do this through weekly thought-leadership and up-skilling events, role model visibility through content creation, an annual leadership conference and a job board to showcase employer profiles and opportunities.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
CHICMI is an all-in-one fashion entertainment site, where fashion lovers can shop interactively online, build their fashion profile, expand their fashion social network and get the most comprehensive in-person fashion events listings in their cities. CHICMI currently operates in the US, the UK, Europe and Hong Kong.
Founder / CEO, CityMaaS.io
CityMaaS was established to address the needs of 1 billion disabled people globally while helping the business community to be inclusive and tap into $8tn spending power. We use machine learning and data to make the world accessible online and off-line with our digital inclusion technology and expertise.
Founder / CEO, FroHub
FroHub is an online booking marketplace for black hair and beauty. Our aim is to reshape the hugely fragmented and under-served black hair industry. FroHub has the 5th UN Sustainable Development Goal at our core; we strive to empower women through technology, by allowing a traditionally-offline industry to move online.
Founder / CEO, Globechain
Globechain is a data-centric reuse solution making waste a resource for everyone. Globechain is the leading reuse marketplace connecting enterprises with non-profits, small businesses and people to redistribute unneeded items. We generate ESG data on the impact, help clients reduce waste costs and achieve your sustainability and SDG targets.
Co-Founder / CEO, Greyparrot
Greyparrot is using cutting edge AI-based computer vision to monitor, sort and audit recyclables at scale. Their solution provides waste analytics and new insights previously unavailable to waste managers, producers and regulators to increase recycling rates and inform on waste being generated end-to-end.
Co-Founder / CEO, iWarranty
iWarranty’s mission is to become the leading platform in helping consumers globally to manage and access their repair rights and reduce consumer-produced e-waste.
Co-Founder / CEO, MyPocketSkill
MyPocketSkill is an award-winning platform that empowers GenZs to Earn, Save and Learn about money by connecting 13-21 year olds to tasks and enabling them to save towards their goals with the help of behavioural nudges. It operates across three key verticals TeenTutors, TeenDigitals and TeenSitters and has a run-rate of over 1,000 new sign-ups per month.
Co-Founder / CEO, SPOKE
SPOKE is a new app & movement (currently in private Beta) that makes mindfulness and self-therapy more accessible by working with world-leading musicians. Unlike other mindfulness apps, SPOKE transcends current mental health management practices by combining personalised music, self-therapy, CBT and mindfulness techniques into an experience that is culturally relevant to 18-25s.
ToucanTech is a CRM & community software used by 200+ schools, nonprofits and companies in 20 countries to run their membership, fundraising, alumni and marketing activities. The SaaS platform combines a database, website builder, mobile app, email system and payments as an all-in-one solution for community management.
Deirdre Mc Gettrick
Founder / CEO, ufurnish.com
ufurnish.com is an online furniture search and discovery website. The website brings together 100+ leading retailers and 1m+ of their products, all in one place just like Airbnb, Skyscanner and Rightmove. ufurnish.com provides consumers with a simple search, discovery and comparison experience to discover the perfect products for their home.
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