Scale | Female Founders

10 Scale-ups, 20+ industry experts, 40+ corporates

The Programme

Despite decades of progress towards workplace equality, women remain woefully underrepresented in the UK’s technology workforce. The figures speak for themselves: according to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), just 15% of the people working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) roles across the UK are female – and only 5% of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women. Recognising this challenge, PwC have partnered with Blooming Founders, the company behind the UK's leading network of female entrepreneurs, to launch the next Scale iteration; the Scale | Female Founders programme.

Running in tandem with PwC's #WomeninTech initiative this programme will create commercial opportunities for a cohort of Female Founders / entrepreneurs who are running high potential tech companies. Over the course of the programme, PwC will help connect these leaders and innovators to executives and industry leaders across the B2B landscape and will provide support across key areas such as sales, culture & team, operations and finance/fundraising.

The programme has three core components to scale your business. Our curated events give founders the opportunity to meet and pitch to an extended network of industry decision makers to drive commercial opportunities. Group masterclasses provide insights through a combination of PwC and industry experts, as well as learning from shared peer experiences. Individual support, including coaching, business support and other bespoke advice leaves your entire business fit to scale.

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Summary

  • Starts: July 2018, London
  • 12 week programme
  • Female-led businesses

Scale-up criteria

  • Validated product
  • Revenue generating
  • Approaching Series A and beyond

Programme structure

Programme launch – May 2018

The programme events are an essential and mandatory part of the curriculum. Meet carefully selected executives and contacts who are willing to open their networks to drive sales opportunities for your business.

First Look Event - Week 2
A private event to showcase your business to the cohort, PwC and Blooming Founders
  • Pitch to the Female Founders cohort, PwC and Blooming Founders about the applications of your technology 
  • Engage with PwC executives and gain feedback from well-versed and corporate buyers 
Executive event - Week 6
A private event to connect with executives
  • Pitch your business in front of our corporate executive audience
  • Network with senior industry leadership 
  • Access to thought leaders and PwC partners and directors 
Investor event - Week 8
A private event to connect with investors
  • Pitch to VCs, PE houses and high net worth individuals who are looking to invest at a level that matched your growth ambitions 
  • Opportunity to network 

 

Showcase event  - Week 10
A private event to connect with executives, investors, mentors, sponsors and founders
  • Pitch to executives, investors, journalists and senior PwC partners and clients
  • Network and promote your startup within the wider ecosystem
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Meet the team

Tom Hoskin

Scale-up programmes, PwC United Kingdom

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Jonathan Hollis

Scale-up programmes, PwC United Kingdom

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