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UWC (The University Women's Club) Techpreneurs of the Year Award

The Techpreneurs of the Year Award is open to all women who play a major role in UK-based companies or in businesses in the conceptual stage.

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The Award has been created to celebrate and encourage women entrepreneurs in the technology sector at the suggestion of Fiona Lazareff, a member of the Club’s General Committee and a techpreneur herself. It is not necessary to be a member of  The University Women's Club to participate.

The Award is sponsored by  Computer Weekly, Virginie T Champagne and Bailey Fisher

The competition will involve contestants pitching their start-ups to a panel of judges who are well-known in the tech world: successful entrepreneurs, investors and journalists.

There will be two classes:
1. Conceptual (Best start-up, but not yet in business)
2. Veteran (Best start-up already in business with turnover of under £10 million)

There will be additional prizes  for;
i) the start up with the most international potential
ii) the start up which does not have solely financial merits, but has a positive impact on the community.

Depending on the applicants there may also be one or more “highly commended” entrant(s).

The entries will be marked on:
1. Vision
2. Business Model
3. Team
4. Execution (for Veteran Class)
5. Innovation
6. International growth potential
7. Overall Gut feeling about the company
8. Could this company potentially turnover £10 million within the next 5 years (Conceptual)?
9. Could this company potentially turn over £50 million within 10 years (Veterans)?


The Competition will be judged by a panel of well-know figures in the Tech world, which is chaired by Fiona Scott Lazareff, Ceo of

Panel of judges

Debbie Wosskow
Founder and CEO,
Bec Astley Clarke
Founder and Chairman,
David Hatheramani
Victoria Walton
Co-founder and COO,
Elizabeth Varley
Co-Founder and CEO,
Mandeep Singh
Bindi Karia
Vice-President Accelerator, Silicon Valley Bank
Emma Lloyd
Director, Business Development, BSKYB
Cordelia Meacher
Managing Director, Fieldhouse Associates
Colette Ballou
Olivia Solon
Deputy Editor,
Lucy Tobin
Senior News Feature Writer, Evening Standard
Lisa Heneghan
Partner, KPMG 
Kayleigh Bateman 
Special Projects Editor, Computer Weekly
Sonia Powar 
Partner, BOOST & Co