We in Social Tech – Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs

We in Social Tech is a London-based innovative accelerator programme, set-up to support ambitious women-led social technology businesses and we are extremely pleased to announce that Ghislaine Boddington has been invited to be the spokesperson for this initiative, linked to her commitment to the equality for women in the tech sector and her work as co-founder of Women Shift Digital since 2012.

The accelerator is delivered by Nwes, the largest not-for-private-profit enterprise agency in the UK, in collaboration with founding partner Deutsche Bank, through its social enterprise programme Made for Good.

We in Social Tech has it launch on November 1st 2018. The accelerator is located in Haringey, London and will help to grow three cohorts of 20 women-led technology businesses with a social purpose over two-years. The accelerator, which is free to participate in and will not take any equity in return, will offer:

  • three six-month support programmes, including business growth plans, investment and finance readiness and peer learning groups.
  • co-working space at Wood Green Works London, where you and your team will have a base from which you can work, network, learn and grow (max 3 people per business).
  • one-to-one mentoring from two mentors – one drawn from of its group of more than 30 expert mentors and one a Deutsche Bank employee.
  • create a thriving professional network of tech experts and provide pathways to develop business relationships.
    grow your social tech businesses to enable a positive impact on society.

Apply to We in Social Tech Accelerator

The first cohort application is open now with a submission deadline of 19 November 2018. Applicants must be available to take part for six months, with the first cohort starting on 14th January 2019. Applications will close at 5pm on the date advertised. 20 successful applicants will be notified by 10th December 2018.

You can find further information about the accelerator’s programme, the eligibility criteria and how to apply here.

Two more open calls are scheduled in the next year:

  • Open Call 2 is scheduled for February – April 2019 (dates to be announced)
  • Open Call 3 is Scheduled for August – October 2019 (dates to be announced).

We accept applications at any stage of your business development and growth, including pre-starts.

We in Social Tech Launch Event

Thursday 1 November, 9.30-11.30am
Canary Wharf, London E14 5GH

Deutsche Bank corporate social responsibility director Nicole Lovett introduces We in Social Tech alongside Nwes Regional Director Richard Salmon and body>data>space / Women Shift Digital co-founder and Creative Director Ghislaine Boddington. Panel speakers include Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO, co-founder and Head Stemette, Stemettes, Anjali Ramachandran, Director, Storythings; Co-founder, Ada’s List; Writer, Other Valleys and Julian Blake, Director and Editor, Digital Agenda. The closing speaker is Katrina Larkin, Co-founder and Head of Experience, Fora.

You can register for the event here.

Why We in Social Tech?

Women entrepreneurs (We) in the technology sector face greater challenges and obstacles to success than men. Research shows that women are sorely underrepresented with less than 7% of tech jobs in Europe filled by women. There is a lack of role models, gross pay inequality, as well as challenges in raising finance. In wider entrepreneurship terms, women are still in the minority despite having the potential to make a huge impact. Through providing structured and bespoke support to female-led businesses we can work together to remove these barriers.

Technology and innovative business models have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental and societal problems. However, Social Tech, also known as Tech for Good, holds some unique challenges for entrepreneurs. They struggle to build sustainable business models that delivers user, social and financial value at scale, and it can be a challenge for social enterprises to position themselves as viable investment opportunities to investors.

Find out more information about We in Social Tech accelerator here. The deadline for the first cohort is November 19th, Applications will close at 5pm on the date advertised. 20 successful applicants will be notified by 10th December 2018. Successful applicants must be prepared and available to start the programme on 14th January 2019, and must be able to commit to the programme for six months.