A diverse network for aspirational women who deliver! Help us start something new and exciting!
What is TechTonic?
We think there is a gap in the support networks of Oxfordshire that would address the lack of support for entrepreneurial and aspirational women in the technology sector. Not just a forum or a network that would offer mentoring or social media connections, but a platform that would bring like minded people together with common interests and experiences both virtually and physically. The aim would be to let the network grow organically offering advice and mentoring where a connection is found, while at the same time holding a monthly meeting hosting an interesting speaker. While TechTonic is aimed at the women of Oxfordshire, speakers and even connections will include both men and women to ensure a broad spectrum of experiences and awareness is offered. It is hoped TechTonic will be seen as offering a social service to the women of the county.
TechTonic has been developed by the joint efforts of Venturefest Oxford, Penningtons Manches, James Cowper Kreston, Oxford University Innovation, the Innovation Forum, as well as serial entrepreneurs Nicky Chambers, Riham Satti (Mevitae) and Joy Foster (TechPixies).
TechTonic at Venturefest Oxford
The next event will be a TechTonic conference, to be held at Venturefest Oxford on 21st June, at The King’s Centre in Osney Mead. The theme will be ‘the impact of gender on entrepreneurism‘.
Join us for a stimulating morning of talks and shared activities.
TechTonic was officially launched on 1st November,with an exciting line up of aspirational, innovative women. 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.
For more information and to help us start something new and exciting, go to Techtonic.org.uk