Government launches Taskforce on Women-Led High-Growth Enterprises

The Government has launched a taskforce to encourage greater investment in fast growth businesses led by women.

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The Government has launched a Taskforce on Women-Led High-Growth Enterprises which will support women entrepreneurs, tackle investing barriers and increase the number of women-led fast-growing businesses.

The taskforce aims to influence high growth investors, the wider business community and to raise the aspirations of the next generation of female entrepreneurs, especially those based outside London.

The Government says that only a third of UK entrepreneurs are women and that male-led SMEs are five times more likely to scale up to £1 million turnover than female-led SMEs.

The Taskforce will be chaired by Anne Boden, CEO and founder of Starling Bank. Its members are June Angelides, an Investment Manager at Samos & CEO and Founder of Mums in Tech, Alexandra Depledge, CEO and Founder of Resi, Poppy Gustafsson, CEO and Co-founder of Darktrace,  Judith Hartley: CEO of British Patient Capital & British Business Investments at the British Business Bank, Zandra Moore: CEO and Co-founder of Panintelligence, Deepali Nangia [pictured right], a Partner at Speedinvest and Co-founder Alma Angels, Jan Putnis, a Partner at Slaughter and May, Angela Scott : Founder and Chief Operating Officer at TC BioPharm Ltd, Emma Sinclair, Co-founder and CEO of EnterpriseAlumni, Helen Steers: a Partner at Pantheon Ventures, Sam Smith: Founder and CEO at finnCap Group Plc and Francesca Warner : Co-founder and Partner of Ada Ventures.

They will work with organisations across the UK to support the Government’s overall target of increasing the number of female entrepreneurs by half by 2030 (equivalent to nearly 600,000 female entrepreneurs) with a particular focus on driving change in the area of growth capital.

Anne Boden, CEO and founder of Starling Bank said: “More women than ever are starting new businesses and many of them are scaling-up their companies. The Taskforce aims to give women entrepreneurs the tools to take their businesses to the next level: access to finance and growth capital, technology adoption and leadership skills. The Taskforce’s work will provide a blueprint for all entrepreneurs to follow.”



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