Croydon’s female tech entrepreneurs urge Government to encourage more women to exploit digital revolution opportunities
Croydon businesswoman Yuliana Topazly hosted Matt Hancock MP, the Government minister leading the digitisation of public services at the Croydon Conference Centre last Thursday to promote new ways for women to succeed as technology entrepreneurs.
Topazly is Director of the My OutSpace Business Centre in Croydon, which specialises in supporting women into self-employment and early stage companies by running Accelerator programmes, mentoring and networking events as well as offering flexible workspace and childcare provision.
They were also joined by Jackie Groundsell MD of 1230 The Women’s Company, one of the most long-standing online networking platforms with local focus for women in business; Anita Bhardwaj, director of Anita B, which offers an online training and support platform for women-led companies and early stage businesses; and Saffron Saunders from Sussex Innovation Centre, innovation hub, which provides support, training and space to the innovative technology entrepreneurs.
Amongst the key points raised was the lack of engagement from women within the technology sector. Saffron noted that Sussex Innovation Centre’s tenants had commented on the lack of female entrepreneurs and the need to encourage women in technology to balance recruitment for their startups. Jackie commented “Tech Cities and similar are known for being male-dominated environments.’ ‘With the exciting technology available, it is sad to see that the technology training and tailored support available isn’t being taken up by more women.”
Yuliana addressed the issues of lack of successful role models and need for early intervention work in schools to encourage change in the technology culture.
Matt Hancock agreed that more work needs to be done by the Government to address these issues and Added that it was his role to ensure the UK has and is able to recruit necessary talent and offer training to the younger generation in order to grow the economy and create more jobs within the sector.
My OutSpace is a Croydon-based Business Centre, specialising in supporting women into self-employment and early stage companies by running Accelerator programmes, mentoring, networking events and offering flexible workspace and childcare provision.