The mission will help the women better understand and access international markets. It coincides with HUBweek 2017, the city’s festival for the future where artists, innovators and creators come together to support collaboration for innovation.
Meet the founders
All of the companies selected are innovating in human and machine interaction, such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and virtual and augmented reality.
The female founders are:
Claire Spencer, CEO of Data Solver, which provides privacy-by-design management software that will help businesses comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
Kriti Sharma, CEO of Lumi, which is a virtual business assistant that uses AI to help users manage admin, finance, HR and IT tasks
Louise Doherty, CEO of PlanSnap, a social planning app that allows users to create and invite people to opt into your plan, regardless of whether or not they are on the app
Nicole Blyth, Founder of RelocateGuru, which is designed to help the nearly 1 billion people who relocate to a new town or country every year to find friends and get local tips, advice and recommendations
Christine Boyle, CEO of Senergy, which has developed the world’s first nanocomposite solar thermal panels. These can be manufactured and installed at 50% lower cost than existing metallic solar collectors
Samrien Hussain, Director of Tick Tock Unlock, an immersive entertainment company that designs, builds and operates escape game venues. Future plans include supplying virtual reality experiences to other venues and launching a free-roaming product
Diane Douglas, CEO of Vigiles is developing augmented and merged reality gamified mobile apps to improve health and safety awareness. Its first product is a fire safety app for young people in student accommodation
The businesses were chosen by a panel of judges. This was made up of Priya Guha, Ecosystem General Manager of RocketSpace, Guy Pattison, CEO and Strategy Director at Long Run Works, Sabine Hauert, President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, Natasha Lytton, Head of Marketing and Communications at Seedcamp, and Marija Butkovic, Founder and CEO of Women of Wearables.
During the mission there will be opportunities for delegates to:
better understand the challenges and opportunities in the US
meet and pitch to potential customers, investors and partners
gain insight into new markets for human-machine interaction
hear from international thought leaders
learn how to develop a market-entry strategy
take part in practical workshops and get mentoring support to improve pitching
network with other entrepreneurs in the same field
They will also get the chance to get involved in UK government’s GREAT campaign, which is designed to showcase the best the nation has to offer, to encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK.