Festival of Female Entrepreneurs launches on International Women’s Day



The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, will see women self-starters around Britain descend on Bristol for a day-long annual event on October 20 aimed at helping women to build and grow businesses.

Now in its sixth year, the festival will hear from inspiring speakers including Edwina Dunn, the woman behind the run-away success of the Tesco loyalty card who changed the way we shop through data, Aron Gelbard, founder of disruptive letterbox flower delivery service Bloom and Wild and Rob Law the inventor of children’s ride-on suitcase Trunki.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation said: “This event is a celebration of all the talented women out there who are starting and running world-class businesses across Britain – however, they are still in the minority.

“But we are moving in the right direction and more women than ever before are busy turning their dreams into entrepreneurial reality. They are taking risks, overcoming gender barriers and changing their lives for good through enterprise.

“They are challenging themselves at every turn and the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs will help them find inspiration, network and pick up new skills and ideas to take them to the next level.”

The event, will be held in the luxurious newly-refurbished Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa, and include keynote speeches from Max and Nina Leykind, make-up veterans and co-founders of Eyeko London, Mel Bound, founder of national running group This Mum Runs and Enterprise Nation’s 2016 Female Start-up of the Year winner, and Helen Wooldridge, founder of global baby towel innovator Cuddledry.

Data in 2016 revealed a significant gender gap when it comes to people starting businesses – and just one fifth of Britain’s 5.4 million small businesses started by women. Enterprise Nation is working with the Facebook She Means Business campaign to educate 10,000 women in digital skills in 2017, helping to turn this figure around.

As part of that effort the Female Start-Up of the year award, which takes place at the event, will be powered by Facebook She Means Business, with the chance to win business boosting prizes.

For more details and tickets go to www.enterprisenation.com/festival