Female Founders: Igniting success in tech | Startups Magazine

29sep6:00 PM9:00 PMFemale Founders: Igniting success in tech | Startups Magazine

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Join Startups Magazine at Platf9rm in Brighton for an evening of inspiration & motivation!

At Startups Magazine, we dedicate one issue a year, every September/October to our Women in Tech and Female Founders! We know there is still a gap that we need to bridge when it comes to female founders, diversity, and inclusion and we want to make sure we’re continuing the conversation every year and this event is our way of doing so…

Taking place at Platf9rm, Brighton on 29th September at 6pm, we will be bringing you an inspirational keynote, then breaking off into groups with experts to discuss different topics before coming together for a group discussion.


6.00pm: Arrival drinks

6.30pm: Keynote

7.00pm: Roundtables discussions with experts

7:20pm: Closing comments from experts

7.30pm: Networking, drinks and Canapes

9pm: Goodbyes

Hosted by

Paige West

Paige graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2014 with a 2:1 in English Literature. She joined Startups Magazine in February 2022 and has a keen interest in the latest technology developments and promoting engineering as a viable career option for the younger generation.


Rachel Boswell

Marketing Executive at Startups Magazine. Rachel picks up the writing batton on occasion for topics close to her heart. Rachel champions Startups Magazine and its surrounding network in all her professional life, helping connect the right startups to the editorial team, podcasts and events.

Keynote Speaker

Clare Griffiths is an award-winning entrepreneurship educator, startup adviser and social entrepreneur who has over 20 years of experience offering business support and advice to startups and small businesses from a range of industries in London and the South East.

She is a strong advocate for female founders and women in business, and is dedicated to developing effective ways to achieve gender equity within society – something which she studied at Master’s degree level at the Institute of Social Studies in Holland

In 2018, Clare founded Thrive, an impact-led business on a mission to enable female founders, freelancers and changemakers gain the knowledge, clarity and community they need to grow a resilient, small business. She achieves her mission by designing and delivering powerful learning and networking opportunities for the Thrive community.

When she is not working, Clare loves to travel with her family, experiment in the kitchen and garden, walk her dogs on the South Downs, and dabble in electronic music production.

RoundTable 1: Speaker for “Scaling a tech startup during an economic crisis”

Polly Lavarello is a global leading business coach and marketing expert for women business owners. With more than 15 years of experience, Polly prides herself on making marketing simple. She is on a mission to help women entrepreneurs scale successful, sustainable businesses that enable them to have the financial and time freedom that she herself used to crave.

Polly champions neurodiversity and is a staunch believer that it is a superpower, not a disability. Having autism and ADHD herself, along with two neurodiverse children, Polly wants to change the associated stigma and show women, and the next generation, that nothing can hold you back from being who you want to be and creating the career you dream of having.

RoundTable 2: Speaker for “How to build a tech startup without a technical background”

Lucia Desperati is a versatile problem-solver, seamlessly blending tech innovation and creativity. With nearly a decade of experience, Lucia has developed skills ranging from project management, software development, creative direction and production. Operating remotely, Lucia has engaged with clients globally, from the US to Europe and beyond.

Without being bound by traditional education, Lucia’s eclectic foundation was built at the Art Institute, followed by studies in Law and Business, and further enriched through several specialised certificates in the fields of creative arts, marketing, and coding. This cross-disciplinary approach allows her to weave together logic, creativity, and technology to find innovative solutions for both people and businesses.

Currently, Lucia wears multiple hats: from freelancing and working with Hey Lilo to actively developing Yocory, a platform aimed at streamlining how business owners and freelancers manage their projects.

Driven by the mission to work smarter and save time, Lucia is always seeking the best way to apply frameworks, workflows and tech to problem-solving.

RoundTable 3: Speaker for “Top tips for getting the most out of your product design”

Jess Tyrrell is a consultant helping creative industries, agencies and tech startups to scale. She relishes in working in high-performing teams with a purpose, designing products, organisations, services and business models with users at the centre.

Previously Managing Director of Beyond’s Europe Studios, a design and technology agency making world-class digital products. She believes in the power of technology to improve people’s lives, and in agile design processes that harness the knowledge of people right across an organisation.

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Hosted at:

PLATF9RM is where people meet in Brighton and Hove. It’s not home and it’s not just an office – it’s a third place in the heart of the city, where businesses and creatives link up to share skills, exchange ideas and have a good time.

Made up of private offices, coworking and events we aim to make work wonderful.

Terms and Conditions:

i. By booking a ticket, you consent to being filmed, recorded and photographed at the event as a member of the audience and to footage and photographs of you being used by Startups Magazine in any medium for the promotion and marketing of Startups Magazine.

You have the right to request to see a copy of the information we hold about you and to request corrections or deletions of the information that is no longer required. You can contact Startups Magazine to stop using your images at any time, ([email protected]) in which case it will not be used in future publications but may continue to appear in publications already in circulation.

ii. Views expressed by speakers at the event may not be the views of Startups Magazine. Event materials are provided on an “as is” basis and Startups Magazine makes no warranty regarding the accuracy or completeness of those materials.

iii. Speakers and attendees are subject to change and we do not guarantee that any specific speakers or participants will appear at the event. However, we will always try to find a suitable replacement if one of our key speakers or participants is unable to attend.

iv. You attend the event at your own risk. You are responsible for safeguarding your property when attending the event. Startups Magazine will have no liability for property lost, stolen or damaged at the event.

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