8th March marks the seventh anniversary of International Women’s Day – a global celebration and acknowledgement of women’s achievements be it social, economic or political.
We are advocates for entrepreneurship at Mi Business Mag regardless of gender. However, as promoters of new start -ups and established businesses we are only too aware of the disparity that still exists between men and women when it comes to pursuing certain businesses. The tech industry is a good example of the aforementioned gender disparity, despite the male dominance, there are changes afoot in the guise of the following six female entrepreneurs who have made a huge impact – making this years’ theme #BeBoldForChange ever more poignant.
Bethany Koby, CEO and Co-Founder of Technology Will Save Us (1)
In 2012 Bethany co-founded Technology Will Save Us, a business that embraces 21st century learning – in the classroom and around the kitchen table – through its beautifully designed DIY Gadget Kits for everyday life.
The award winning make-it-yourself kits and digital tools help kids to make, play, code and invent using technology. The company’s mission is to combine the power of play with the possibilities of technology, empowering kids with the confidence and skills to create the future.
Bethany holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and a MSC in Responsibility and Business practice from Bath University and was a scholarship holder at Fabrica in Italy. She has been creating innovative relationships between brands and communities for well over 10 years both commercially and personally. Previously, she was a Design Director and Social Impact Specialist at the international branding and innovation company Wolff Olins.
Camille Rumani, COO and Co-Founder of VizEat (2)
Camille Rumani is the Co-Founder and COO of VizEat – Europe’s largest social dining and food experience platform.
After graduating from Reims Management School, Camille lived and worked in Beijing. Returning to Paris at the end of 2013 to focus on her three passions: tech, food and travel, Camille met with her now business partner, Jean-Michel Petit. The idea for VizEat was born out of a conversation the pair had about the best travel experiences they’d recently had, whilst abroad.
Launching in July 2014 after an initial fund-raising round, VizEat brings together locals and travellers for immersive and authentic food experiences. As COO, Camille’s core focus is on developing VizEat’s entire product offering and says the challenge which drives her is: “Changing the way people travel, one food experience at a time.”
Now with more than 22,000 hosts in over 110 countries, VizEat was selected by Apple as one of the top apps of 2016 – which Apple CEO Tim Cook can personally attest to, after trialling the platform personally earlier this year. (3)
Sophie Guibaud, Vice President of Fidor Bank (4)
Sophie is currently Vice President of European Expansion at Fidor Bank, a digital-only, challenger bank. She helped to launch the bank into the UK back in September 2015.
She started her career in investment banking in New York before joining TIME Equity Partners, a Growth Capital fund in Paris. Along with investing in start-ups, she advised Internet and Media companies on their development strategy. However, wanting to be more deeply involved in start-up operations, she moved to London and was instrumental in the launch of HelloFresh UK, a Rocket Internet backed e-commerce company. In addition to this, she was also previously headed product strategy at Bankable.
Sophie is also passionate about start-ups and has previously mentored at Seedcamp and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), which is part of the Department for International Trade. Originally from Bordeaux, Sophie studied Finance at HEC Montreal and Bocconi in Milan.
Carina Walsh, Co-Founder of Geekzonia (5)
Carina Walsh is Co-Founder of Geek Retreat and now Geekzonia, a social, entertainment and retail space, built to be experienced entirely in virtual reality. Users can explore strange and wondrous worlds dedicated to geeky genres, with VR videos and experiences.
Carina, alongside her husband, launched their initial Geek Retreat store out of Glasgow, but have since expanded the franchise to Newcastle.
Carina co-founded this company while pregnant with her first child, and has since gone on to create the new idea behind Geekzonia mentioned above, which is set to go live within the next few weeks.
She has a degree in Communications and Mass Media, having worked in television production and multimedia content production.
Rupa Gantra, Founding Partner of Millennial 20/20 (6)
Rupa Gantra is the Founding Partner of Millennial 20/20 the world’s first business summit series looking at the future of nextgen commerce in Singapore, New York and London.
The Summits focuses a unique time in industry, where large and small businesses are dealing with a more complex and ever-evolving consumer that requires them to think of innovation, disruption and technology as key components of their future.
Rupa has also invested in several start-up businesses and won several awards including Management Today and the Sunday Times 35 under 35 Women in the UK and Top 100 in UK Tech, as well as being the Founding Board Member of the UK Guild of Entrepreneurs, the chair of the HH Women Entrepreneurs and Board Director at the Ashraya Initiative for Children charity since 2008.
Kim Nilsson, CEO of Pivigo (7)
Kim Nilsson is CEO of Pivigo, Europe’s first data-science marketplace.
Pivigo is the go-to hub for data science, AI and machine learning. By connecting organisations with data scientists, Pivigo helps companies harness the value of their data via Europe’s first online Data Science Marketplace and their S2DS data science training program, the largest of its kind in Europe.
Kim has a background in Astronomy with a PhD from Copenhagen University, and held the title ‘Hubble Astronomer’ in her last science job. She then completed an MBA from Cranfield University before co-founding Pivigo. She has been named a Rising Star among the Top 100 Influencers of Big Data in the UK.