24 May 2019, 12:30 to 13:30

Tech20: WE Innovate: 5 years of accelerating women-led start-ups


Liz Choonara - Head of Programmes & Community, Imperial College London


24 May 2019, 12:30 to 13:30


The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

20 Queen's Road


AB15 4ZT

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Liz Choonara - Head of Programmes & Community, Imperial College London

WE Innovate, Imperial College London’s women’s entrepreneurship programme in STEM, is inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurial role models.

It has supported over 250+ students since 2014 and led to the creation of over 30 start-ups, with teams raising in excess of £3.2million in funding [for a range of companies including Fungi Alert, Oorja Solutions and LYS]. In this session we will share best practices from the programme including using innovative methods of performance training to develop its entrepreneurs pitching skills. We will also reflect on the wider challenges facing women entrepreneurs in setting up and scaling up their ventures, including access to funding and networks. 

Liz leads and manages Imperial Enterprise Lab’s programming, operations & community building activities. Her team runs the university’s flagship student enterprise competitions including Imperial’s first women’s entrepreneurship initiative, the WE Innovate Programme, and the Venture Catalyst Challenge. She previously led a £1.5m European programme to help women-led businesses grow overseas. She worked at a national level undertaking research & policy development in higher education at the National Union of Students. 

What is Tech20

Tech20 features world-leading experts, exploring the latest tech trends, asking big questions and sharing big ideas.  Tech20 is a social showcase for speakers presenting technology focussed topics in 20 minutes or less.

A unique format. 20-minute lunch, 20-minute presentation, 20-minute Q&A.

Tech20s aim to inspire & innovate, discover new or surprising technologies, challenge technologies and release the spark within!

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