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The 17 most inspiring women in UK tech + their Twitter handles

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As well as the top 50 from all of Europe

Inspiring Fifty has just released its list of the 50 most inspiring women on the European technology scene.

And we’re delighted to note that some 17 of them are based right here in Blighty (listed below).

These women are those “serving as role models and standing as an inspiration to others”, the not-for-profit behind the initiative explains.

Inspiring Fifty’s index draws on a year’s worth of asking tech professionals, journalists and social media doyennes to make their nominations. The judging panel of entrepreneurs, investors and execs from Atomico, Amazon, CNN and Improve Digital then whittled the long-list down to 50 women across Europe.

“Many women in tech seeking female role models currently look towards the most visible, the headline-makers, like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer,” says Janneke Niessen, co-founder of Inspiring Fifty and of European tech company Improve Digital.

“However, as amazing as those women are, we felt there was a need to showcase the many accomplished, and all-too-often overlooked women in technology closer to home.” Hear hear.

 

Here are the 17 most inspiring women in UK tech

We’ve added in their Twitter handles too, so you can tweet them congrats. You’re welcome!

 

Alice Bentinck, Co-Founder, Entrepreneur First; Code First: Girls – @Alicebentinck

 

Avid Larizadeh, General Partner, Google Ventures; UK Lead, Hour of Code – @avidl

 

Belinda Parmar, Founder, Little Miss Geek; CEO, Lady Geek – @belindaparmar

 

Joanna Shields, Investor and Digital Advisor to UK Prime Minister (below) – @joannashields

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Judith Clegg, Founder and CEO, Takeout Consulting and The Glasshouse – @judithclegg

 

Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO, Mumsnet and Gransnet – @Justine_Roberts

 

Karen Hanton, Investor and Former Founder of Top Table

 

Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Decoded (below) – @KathrynParsons 

Kathryn Parsons

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Laura Jordan Bambach, Creative Partner & Co-founder, Mr President and SheSays – @laurajaybee

 

Martha Lane Fox, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur; Co-Founded Lastminute.com (below) – @Marthalanefox

Martha Lane Fox

>> Martha’s predictions about how tech will change your world in 2015

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Nancy Cruickshank, Founder, MyShowcase.com – @cruickshankn

 

Natalie Massenet, Founder, Net-a-Porter

 

Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice-President EMEA, Facebook – @nicolamen

 

Sarah Wood, Co-Founder, Unruly (below) – @sarahfwood

Sarah Wood, founder of Unruly Media

>> From 2012: Q&A: Sarah Wood, founder of Unruly Media, which just raised $25m

 

Sherry Coutu, Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director, Investor and Advisor (below) – @scoutu

Sherry Coutu appearing at LeWeb 2011

Sherry Coutu

>> Sherry Coutu: “Solving problems with technology is a beautiful thing”

 

Dr Sue Black, Founder & CEO, Savvify; Mentor, Google Campus for Mums – @Dr_Black 

 

Wendy Tan White, Co-founder and CEO, Moonfruit (below)- @wendytanwhite

Wendy Tan White

>> Q&A: Wendy Tan White on selling Moonfruit for £23m

 

And here’s the full list of 50 from across Europe

(Listed in alphabetical order of first name and by country)

Most Inspiring 50 Title & Company Country
Sophie Vandebroek CTO, Xerox and Xerox Innovation Group Belgium
Camilla Ley Valentin CCO and Co-Founder, Queue-it Denmark
Linda
Liukas
Author & Co-Founder of Railsgirls Finland
Amélie Faure President, Augure France
Anne Bouverot Director General, GSMA France
Catherine Barba Founder, Catherine Barba Group France
Céline Lazorthes CEO and Founder, Leetchi France
Geraldine Le Meur Co-Founder, LeWeb France
Jennifer Schenker Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Informilo France
Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke Founder and Managing Director, W4, Women’s WorldWideWeb France
Lara Rouyres Founder and CEO, Selectionnist France
Stephanie Hospital Advisor, Board Member and Founder of One Ragtime France
Claudia Helming Founder & CEO, DaWanda Germany
Colette Ballou Founder & CEO, Ballou PR Germany
Kerstin Günther SVP Technology Europe, Deutsche Telekom Group Germany
Stephanie (Steffi) Czerny Managing Director, DLD Media Germany
Stephanie Kaiser Head of Studio, Wooga Germany
Verena Delius Co-Founder & CEO, Fox & Sheep Germany
Elaine Coughlan Co-Founder and General Partner, Atlantic Bridge Capital Ireland
Louise O’Sullivan Founder & CEO, ANAM Technologies Ltd. Ireland
Barbara Labate Co-Founder, Risparmio Super (Super Saver) Italy
Paola Bonomo Angel Investor and Independent Board Director Italy
Corinne Goddign-Vigreux Co-founder and Managing Director, TomTom NV Netherlands
Marina Tognetti CEO and Founder, Myngle Netherlands
Neelie Kroes Dutch politician & Former VP European Commission Netherlands
Anita Krohn Traaseth CEO, Innovasjon Norge (Innovation Norway) Norway
Kristin Skogen Lund Director General, NHO Norway
Ola Sitarska Co-Founder, Issue Stand and Makerland Poland
Maelle Gavet CEO, Ozon Holdings Russia
Ana Maiques CEO & Co-Founder, Neuroelectrics Spain
Stina Ehrensvärd Co-Founder & CEO, Yubico Sweden
Gabriele Zedlmayer Vice President & Chief Progress Officer, HP Worldwide Switzerland
Demet Mutlu Founder & CEO, Trendyol Turkey
Alice Bentinck Co-Founder, Entrepreneur First; Code Firs
t: Girls
UK
Avid Larizadeh General Partner, Google Ventures; UK Lead, Hour of Code UK
Belinda Parmar Founder, Little Miss Geek; CEO, Lady Geek UK
Joanna Shields Investor and Digital Advisor to UK Prime Minister UK
Judith Clegg Founder and CEO, Takeout Consulting and The Glasshouse UK
Justine Roberts Founder and CEO, Mumsnet and Gransnet UK
Karen Hanton Investor and Former Founder of Top Table UK
Kathryn Parsons Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Decoded UK
Laura Jordan Bambach Creative Partner & Co-founder, Mr President and SheSays UK
Martha Lane Fox Philanthropist and Entrepreneur; Co-Founded Lastminute.com UK
Nancy Cruickshank Founder, MyShowcase.com UK
Natalie Massenet Founder, Net-a-Porter UK
Nicola Mendelsohn Vice-President EMEA, Facebook UK
Sarah Wood Co-Founder, Unruly UK
Sherry Coutu Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director, Investor and Advisor UK
Dr Sue Black Founder & CEO, Savvify; Mentor, Google Campus for Mums UK
Wendy Tan White Co-founder and CEO, Moonfruit UK

 

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