London Stock Exchange welcomes AllBright

London Stock Exchange Celebrates FoundHER, the Festival of Female Founders

AllBright celebrates FoundHER, the inaugural Festival of Female Founders, by opening the market at the London Stock Exchange today. FoundHER is a multi venue, two-city programme of events aimed at founders, investors and anyone interested in entrepreneurship. Taking place in London from June 26th - 29th and Manchester from July 3rd - 4th, the festival will host a range of events in inspiring locations across the two cities. Designed to give a platform to people who don’t usually share their stories, the Festival features speakers from all stages of their business life cycle. The outstanding line-up of speakers includes Cath Kidston, Liz Earle, Martha Lane-Fox and Samantha Cameron, with many more business experts, investors and entrepreneurs. Each event is themed to be inspirational and educational, from practical workshops and panels on the challenges female entrepreneurs face, to intimate networking events and fireside chats.

AllBright was launched in October 2016 by co-founders Debbie Wosskow OBE (CEO and Founder of Love Home Swap) and Anna Jones (former CEO of Hearst UK) with a mission to fund and support female entrepreneurs across the UK, and to ultimately make the UK the best place to be a female founder. AllBright developed the AllBright Collective, an ecosystem to deliver capital, business skills, connections and confidence to female founders across four main business areas: 1) AllBright EIS Fund - an evergreen EIS/Angel fund which backs high potential, early stage female founders and co-founders. 2) AllBright Academy - a modular 12 week flexible learning and development programme to advance core skills and knowledge on how to start and grow a business. 3) The AllBright - dedicated membership spaces in London and Manchester for female founders and business executives to convene, work and network. 4) AllBright Events - a comprehensive events programme including FoundHER.

Debbie Wosskow OBE, co-founder of AllBright, said:

"It's a privilege to start day two of AllBright's FoundHER festival at the London Stock Exchange this morning. According to our AllBright Survey 2017, networks are incredibly important for female founders - 65% are most confident when they are with like-minded women. This event is just one way of helping us achieve our mission to make the UK the best place in the world to be a female founder."

Sherry Coutu (Entrepreneur, Investor, and Advisor), Bethany Koby (co-founder and CEO of Techwillsaveus), Vivian Chan (Founder of Sparrho), and Diane Cote (Chief Risk Officer at London Stock Exchange Group) all spoke at the event.