The official launch of TechTonic was a resounding success. Nearly a sold out event, there were very few empty seats in the room at the Oxford Martin School on Tuesday evening, November 1st.
The four speakers included Rowan Gardner (CEO of Ozo Innovations), Angela Hobbs (Commercial Director, Triteq Ltd), Emily Nott (Lead for Diversity & Inclusion for Innovate UK), and Caroline Williams (Director of Open Programmes, Said Business School). All four women had deep ties to Oxford, technology and entrepreneurship and were able to share their experiences with the women (and men!) in attendance.
Much of the discussion was focused around access to venture capital for women. Many of the speakers raised capital themselves or had been on judging panels for pitching competitions. All of the speakers noted how stark the gender gap was in terms of applications to pitch, with very few women applying as a general rule. It was noted however, that when there were women-only pitching events, a dramatic increase in applicants could be seen and the preparedness of these women was always exceptional.
The guests at the event were entertained and moved by the individual stories of success and hardship that led each of the speakers down their respective paths. From Rowan Gardner’s comment ‘I don’t do f£*$(” pink’ to a touching story about how Caroline Williams returned to school to get an MBA while raising her younger brother after her father passed away, laughter and tears filled the room with a wonderful atmosphere of inspirational determination and perseverance.