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:
2. Business Model
4. Execution (for Veteran Class)
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 divento.com
Panel of judges
Founder and CEO, lovehomeswap.com
Bec Astley Clarke
Founder and Chairman, astleyclarke.com
Co-founder and COO, sportpursuit.co.uk
Co-Founder and CEO, techhub.com
Vice-President Accelerator, Silicon Valley Bank
Director, Business Development, BSKYB
Managing Director, Fieldhouse Associates
Deputy Editor, Wired.co.uk
Senior News Feature Writer, Evening Standard
Special Projects Editor, Computer Weekly
Partner, BOOST & Co