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Female Founders Forum 2018

Inspiring the next generation at Female Founders Forum event

13 March 2018

Leading local businesswomen have been inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs at a Female Founders Forum ‘speed-networking’ event, held at Barclays offices in Spinningfields on Thursday.

The enthusiastic entrepreneurs were paired up with top businesswomen and given six-minute slots to discuss everything about running a business, from negotiation and delegation to leadership, communication and deal making and as well as exploring ways of working together.

The Female Founders Forum was set up by Barclays and The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) to connect some of the UK’s most inspirational, successful women entrepreneurs with those on the cusp of rapid growth, with the aim of encouraging, supporting and promoting female entrepreneurship.

Sophie Jarvis, Programmes Director & Head of the Female Founders Forum, The Entrepreneurs Network, said:

“At the event, we saw women from every stage of the life of an entrepreneur. Stories were shared, and solutions were found. The female founders of Manchester showed passion, determination and ambition. We hope to emulate this vibrant mentoring at other events around the UK.”

Lisa Tse MBE, Mentor and Founder of Sweet Mandarin said:

“Mentoring allows individuals to surround themselves with people who are already where they want to be. Iron sharpens iron and we rise by lifting others up."

Katrina Sale, Mentee and Founder of Wisetree said:

“Talking through my aspirations and challenges with women who have successfully founded companies really helped me to set out my next steps and feel like I am part of a community.”

Juliet Rogan, Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, said:

“Today’s event is about Barclays bringing some of the UK’s leading businesswomen to coach and encourage the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Diversity is a key driver of innovation so it makes commercial sense to encourage more female led enterprise, at Barclays we are passionate about making this a reality’.”

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