Now’s the time to make a cup of tea and get ready to join this event at 12 noon on Wednesday 25th November – In order to connect some of the amazing women within the Eagle Labs & Rise Network – together.
This event will loop in the female founders from Burnley, Leeds, Notting Hill Gate, Rise London and Lincoln
Our aim of the Female Founders Connections Call:
This week join: Mel Ellyard…
My 20+++ year career is based around the STEM sector. I have worked for financial giants such as FT, Reuters, HSBC, Grant Thornton. I have worked with cutting edge scientists to establish a high-growth Yorkshire-based biotech company; and with world leading research organisations such as University of Manchester to spin out research groups.
I also worked on a fascinating project that took me to all the Northern cities in a quest to explore what ambitious, innovative tech companies needed to succeed. Whilst doing this I also built relationships with ecosystem partners such as investors (of all shapes and sizes), research organisations, Universities, accelerators, incubators, and LEP/councils who were actively involved in supporting our tech communities. This exercise taught me a lot about what is ‘actually’ going on in our industry on a micro and macro level.
This experience coupled with what is happening currently in the world, led me recently to share my ‘unconventional’ career journey as a mixed race, Northern girl from a very working-class background. Putting my story out there on LinkedIn was scary (you NEVER know how you will be judged). I did it because I still see a lack of diversity in tech and more broadly in STEM.
The response? Well, it was overwhelming! And it occurred to me that the collective reach of such diverse contacts, from the business world, that held up their hands and offered support was incredible! As a result, Include Me was born to drive forward key issues to create real impact and change in several targeted areas (around women in tech, women in STEM and BAME) and #unmute to encourage people to speak up.
It’s through the support of incredible people who are willing to join up, connect, collaborate and share their expertise and networks that we can take the necessary steps to make change happen across our region!
Join the call here
Meeting number (access code): 163 804 7851
Meeting password: Femalefounder20