The Founder’s Journey

Women make up just 4% of UK tech startup founders and under 17% of all active companies are led by women. During this event we want to shine a spotlight on women who are taking the path less trodden, be inspired by their stories and learn from their experiences.

Event Aims:

  • Shine a spotlight on female founders in the city (and beyond)
  • Inspire other women who are considering their own venture
  • Provide honest insight into the highs and lows of the founder’s journey


We’ll be hearing from a panel of (3-4) female founders, all at different stages in their careers. Each will share their story and then take part in a Q&A/Panel Discussion – so come ready with your questions!


The event will be hosted by local award winning entrepreneur Anna Bollinger. Joining her will be a tour de force of other founders…to be announced in the coming weeks.

Whether you’re considering start-up life or are simply curious – you would be most welcome to come along and join the conversation!

Anna Bollinger – Host

Anna is Founder and Director of international award-winning digital agency Appt. Specialists in: Bespoke Web, App and Software Development and Digital Comms in the UK and China.

Anna has spoken internationally, received a variety of accolades for her entrepreneurial accomplishments, is an advocate for Women in Tech and is also the CEO and founder of the charity Hope English School which empowers refugees through English and Digital Skills training.

Dash Tabor – Speaker and Panelist

Dash Tabor is Founder & CEO of TUBR, the deep-tech company removing the limitations placed on machine learning, by enabling predictive technology to produce highly accurate results with both complete and incomplete data sets. TUBR ML’s physics-based approach to machine learning enables predictions on sparse and sporadic data in rapidly changing chaotic environments. She leads the team with over 10 years experience in Product Management specialising in building Data products and propositions. She worked as Head of Product at two scale ups, launched countless products and also advised a Fintech Mobile app startup that was accepted into Techstars 2017.

Anna Parkin – Speaker and Panelist

Anna Parkin is a trained journalist and editor. She’s an experienced content strategist with many years’ delivering online comms and campaigns for brands and organisations including National Crime Agency, Strata Homes and Healthspan. Anna stepped out of the content agency she owns with her husband Phil in March 2020 to homeschool their three children through the pandemic. She’s now establishing a social enterprise called Kids Plant Trees with a few other (tired!) mums to help more kids find joy in nature and their local green spaces.

Elizabeth Shassere – Speaker and Panelist

Elizabeth Shassere is founder & CEO of Textocracy, and Applestone Consulting. She worked for 20 years in the public sector before becoming an entrepreneur with the intention of building solutions for the challenges she saw there. Textocracy aims to bridge the digital divide and other barriers in public consultation, giving more people a voice in shaping public services. Elizabeth wrote her first book, Becoming a Fearless Leader: A simple guide to taking control and building happy, productive, highly-performing teams, to help potential leaders overcome Imposter Syndrome and feel confident with clear guidance for effective team leadership.

Event Details

Start Date : 2022-11-15

End Date : 2022-11-15

Time : 17:30

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Event Venue

Venue : Sheffield Technology Parks

Address : Arundel Street Sheffield S1 2NS