The future is female: six women in tech you need to follow

Amelia Heathman
Women make up only 27 per cent of the tech workforce in the UK: LLUIS GENE / Contributor/ Getty images

Women remain under-represented in tech.

They make up only 27 per cent of the tech workforce, and last year female founders took only nine per cent of available start-up funding in the UK.

But times are a-changing and a new whip-smart cohort of female entrepreneurs is here

1. Emma Gannon

Presenter, Ctrl Alt Delete podcast

The 28-year-old has built a community with her Ctrl Alt Delete podcast. Each episode features a conversation with a woman doing something interesting — recent star spots include Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig.

2. Emma Sinclair

Founder, Enterprise Jungle

The youngest person to take a firm public in the UK, at the age of 29, Sinclair is a force to be reckoned with. In between running software company Enterprise Jungle she also launched Unicef’s first crowdfunding campaign to support innovation labs for young people in Jordanian refugee camps.

3. Sharmadean Reid

Founder, BeautyStack

The 33-year-old changed beauty when she launched WAH Nails in 2009 — now she’s mentoring young female entrepreneurs at Future Girl Corp, and is set to disrupt again with her newest platform, Beautystack, part beauty blogging platform, part social network.

4. Tobi Oredein

Founder, Black Ballad

What do you do when you don’t feel represented by the mainstream media? If you’re Orederin, 28, you set up a subscription-based platform for black women, Black Ballad. Since 2014 it’s become a powerful online community, covering topics such as politics, mental health, and dating. Orederin made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list this year.

5. Venetia Archer

Founder and CEO, Ruuby

After loving on-demand services such as Uber and Deliveroo, 30-year-old Archer couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a similar app for beauty. So she made her own, the London beauty concierge app Ruuby, which has a directory of 300 professionals.

6. Ophelia Brown

Founder, Blossom Capital

The 29-year-old, also a Forbes 30 Under 30 pick, used to be a partner at influential investor firm LocalGlobe but has recently launched Blossom Capital and founded ALT (Ambitious Ladies in Tech), a mentoring network for women in tech.