Women Tech Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion

The November 2017 meeting of Women in Telecoms & Technology (WiTT) celebrates women entrepreneurs in tech with a panel discussion among leading women who have founded, grown, sold, and promoted businesses in the tech sector. Our women entrepreneurs event is timed to take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from 12-18 November this year. This year’s event will be hosted by Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP.

Our panelists will include:

  • Pip Jamieson, Founder and CEO, The Dots;
  • Emily Forbes, Founder, Seenit; and
  • Emily Brooke, Founder Founder and CEO, Blaze.

Audrey Mandela, WiTT Chair and co-founder of Multimap.com, will chair the panel.

Our panel will discuss their views and experiences, including:

  • panelists’ own challenges in starting and growing (and in some cases selling) their businesses;
  • best and worst decisions made while building their businesses;
  • whether panelists believe there are differences between male and female entrepreneurs, the types of businesses they start, their management styles, and their experiences raising capital;
  • views on scaling up businesses started in the UK; and
  • advice for other women entrepreneurs.

We would like to give our sincerest thanks to Bird & Bird for hosting this event.

Please use the Eventbrite link to register:

Eventbrite - WiTT November 2017 event: Lessons from Leading Women Tech Entrepreneurs

We look forward to seeing you in November!



Emily Forbes, Seenit

Emily Forbes founded Seenit with the mission to unlock the power of the world’s communities through video storytelling. Seenit today helps organisations around the world to direct, collect and create video with their own customers, employees and experts and believes in putting the people who are most passionate at the forefront. Today they’re working with clients such as The BBC, BT Sport, Benefit and HSBC. Emily was also named in the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Emily Brooke, Blaze

Emily is the CEO and Founder of Blaze.  Blaze are an urban mobility brand who create technology for city cyclists and bike sharing schemes globally.  Their core product is the Laserlight, a front light that tackles the blind-spot by projecting a green symbol of a bike onto the road ahead of the cyclist.  Blaze’s consumer lights are shipping to over 60 countries, while their integrated technology is built into the fleets of hire bikes in both London and New York.  These products also collect data from the cyclist journeys and are bluetooth enabled.  Emily began reading Physics at Oxford University, but left to pursue Product Design in Brighton, where the Laserlight was her final year project and she began Blaze to make it a reality.

Pip Jamieson, The Dots

Nothing great was ever achieved without passion, collaboration, tenacity and a lot of hard work. Pip is the Founder of The Dots, best described as ‘LinkedIn for the creative industries’. An entrepreneur with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it) Pip is a native Brit who has spent the last 13 years immersed in the creative industries, including executive roles at MTV Australia and New Zealand. Named as one of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs, Pip has had an extraordinary start-up journey from quitting her dream job at MTV, sinking her life savings into co-founding her first venture in Australia – which she quickly grew into the leading professional networking platform for creatives in the region – to exit and then launching a further improved offering here in the UK. The Dots launched in the UK late last year and has already attracted the UK’s leading companies who have joined the site to promote their brand, attract clients and hire talent – some of which are BBC, Vice, Spotify, TATE, Net-a-Porter, Facebook, Wolff Olins, Pentagram, Universal Music, Twitter, United Visual Artists, AKQA, Condé Nast, Twitter, V&A, W+K, Guardian and many more. Pip is on a mission to connect 1 million creatives and freelancers to commercial opportunities by 2018, helping build a stronger, more profitable and diverse creative sector. Pip lives on a houseboat with her husband in Kings Cross, London.


Audrey Mandela
Co-Founder, Multimap; Chair, WiTT

Audrey Mandela is chair of Women in Telecoms & Technology (WiTT), a networking group for women in the sector.  She also runs Mandela Associates, which provides market research and consulting services for select clients in the telecom, internet and geographical information sectors.

Audrey was Co-Founder of Multimap, one of the world’s leading online mapping providers, where she acted as the company’s corporate counsel and marketing director, and was a board director. Multimap was sold to Microsoft in December 2007.

Audrey was formerly Senior Vice President, International, for the Yankee Group, one of the industry’s leading IT research firms.  As Senior VP, Audrey was responsible for managing the Yankee Group’s research, consulting and sales activities in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Audrey is also a member of the steering committee for the Global Board Ready Women initiative; a board director for Wedu, a charity that mentors and supports young women leaders from underserved communities in Southeast Asia; a member of Angel Academe, an angel network that focuses on investments in women-led businesses; and an NED for Clear Returns, an award-winning and innovative SaaS company; its returns intelligence platform enables retail clients to boost profits by reducing the costs and impact of returns.