It’s a way of helping female entrepreneurs generate more investment, build much-needed support networks and develop the digital skills required to thrive in an increasingly technical global marketplace.
As well as bringing expertise to the community, events like this also showcase new ideas and
“As a global organization in the technology sector, we understand how vital it is to help foster innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and generate start-up activities for new businesses. And we want to be a part of that, rather than being apart from it,” explains Lisa Gates, Head of Legal, UK and Ireland at TCS and a speaker at the event.
For sponsors, the event is an opportunity to support the local community.
Upscaling the digital skills of women entrepreneurs fits into the company’s wider culture of diversity and inclusion. There is also synergy with TCS’ COIN initiative, which provides support for a network of start-ups.
As part of a long-term commitment, TCS will be hosting quarterly events and creating a platform to host an online community to connect, support and empower women entrepreneurs.
“We want to bring all of the women entrepreneurs and all of our networks across the UK together to help them digitally upskill,” explains Stanzl. The new platform will host webinars, learning sessions, mentoring opportunities, content and resources, which leverage the sponsors’ expertise, and provide a place for women entrepreneurs to make new connections, and build the support networks that are vital to business success.
“So, we can plug in our marketing experts, we can plug in our sales experts, we can invite women entrepreneurs to our leadership sessions that they might never have access to,” says Stanzl.
The platform will also allow entrepreneurs to mentor and support each other, make introductions and share learnings gained from real-world experience. The power of belonging to a supportive community shouldn’t be underestimated, especially for the next generation of female entrepreneurs. “I hope that the 200 girls from secondary school and university who joined us at Good Growth understood that although maths and STEM help you to get a high-impact leadership position, it is your community that sustains you,” explains Sherry Coutu, Founder and Chair of Founders4Schools, and a role model for the next generation of aspiring business women.