What’s that saying – ‘behind every great tech company is a great woman’? Maybe not quite, but as nominations pour in for BusinessCloud’s ‘101 Female Founders in Tech’ list it’s starting to feel that way.

If you’re a woman who’s started a great tech company, or know someone who is, then we want to hear from you!

The list, which will appear in the final 2017 edition of BusinessCloud, will celebrate the incredible women who have taken an idea that uses tech in some way and turned it into a first-rate business.

It will build on the incredible reception of BusinessCloud’s inaugural 100 Female Role Models in Tech list in 2016, which received over 3 million impressions on Twitter and won widespread praise.

The new list will celebrate the female leading lights and the unsung heroes of the tech world. Closing date for entries is September 11th.

Female Founders of Tech

Many of the women in BusinessCloud's 100 Female Role Models of Tech list began their own tech company

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire said: “Computer programmer Ada Lovelace is just one of the most famous examples of a trailblazing woman in the industry who wasn’t recognised when she was alive.

“Today the world is full of examples of women who are at the forefront of tech and we want to showcase their work so they inspire the next generation.

“Our100 Female Role Models in Tech list in 2016 was a massive success but we didn’t just want to repeat what we did last year so we want to shine a light on the women who have started or co-founded a tech business."

So, don’t delay – in an industry that’s notoriously bad at shouting about its incredible women we want to celebrate those at the helm of some great tech companies, and we need your help to do it!


  • ‘Female founder’ is defined as a woman who started or co-founded a tech business (they do not need to currently still be involved in the business)
  • Tech is defined as a company that is using tech to disrupt a traditional industry or is creating / selling a technology-based product
  • To be considered the business must be based in the UK and the nominee should currently be living in the UK
  • The judges are looking for supporting information, such as evidence of commercial success; growth; or global impact
  • The closing date for entries is September 4th, 2017

How to enter: