The Curriculum

In conjunction with the programme partners, ENTIQ designed the curriculum to explore the key challenges for female founders seeking funding.

The selection criteria for the programme focused on product (or service) viability, USP and strength of the founder’s experience. Out of a healthy range of applications, 10 were selected for the first Fin4Fem cohort.

It was no easy task to pick the final group. The selection represented a good spread of industry focus and target financing. Importantly, all the applications had to contain an element of technology within their business.

The companies chosen ranged in industry focus from FinTech (with crowdfunding and alternative financing models), to mobile apps to help you stop smoking and beautiful connected furniture.

From early stage discussions with our stakeholders, we highlighted some key areas where support and guidance might aid the founders.

These areas covered subjects such a business development and growth strategies, storytelling and pitch practice sessions.


Day 1

Introduction &
Financing Series 1

Introductions, Week Overview & Business Model Canvas Exercise
with Claire Cockerton
Founder & CEO, ENTIQ

Alternative Financing Options
with Louise Beaumont
Head of Public Affairs
& Marketing, GLI Finance

Introduction to Angel Investing
with Jenny Tooth
Chief Executive, UK Business
Angels Association

Day 2

Effective Storytelling
& Leadership

Storytelling Workshop
with Stewart Bewley
Managing Director, Amplify

Effective Leadership
with Brian Evje
Vice President Europe, Astia

Day 3

Financing Series 2

Bank Financing Options
with Erin Platts
Managing Director & Head of
Commercial Banking UK,
Silicon Valley Bank

with Julia Groves
Chief Crowdfunder, Downing LLP

with Paulina Sygulska
Co-Founder & Director, GrantTree

Venture Capital & Private Equity
with Chris Wade
Venture Partner,
Octopus Investments

Day 4

Deal-Making, Negotiating & Scaling-Up

Term Sheets Truths
with Deborah Angel
Solicitor, Kemp Little

Negotiation Skills
with Hannah Dobson
Partner, KPMG

Scaling-up & Growth Strategies
with Irene Graham
CEO, Scale-Up Institute

Valuation & Exit Strategies
with Bridget Connell
Angel Investor, Angel Academe

Day 5

Pitch Practice
& Wrap-Up

Pitch Practice
with Julia Streets
CEO, Streets Consulting

The 10 Founders


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“I learned so much from the week and enjoyed meeting the other lady founders very much. I’m feeling much more confident with the knowledge I now have regarding the various business financing options.”

-Sue Frost — Founder, Hip Buddy

“ENTIQ ran a fabulous course! We were all glowing with enthusiasm, feeling refreshed and refocused for the months ahead.”

-Emma Margetts — Co-founder, Alpha Exchange

“Thank you for putting together such an amazing program. It was so well put together, so well run, and the sessions delivered exactly the content we needed. The program went above and beyond my expectations and I’m so grateful for the experience.”

-Megan Caywood — CEO & Founder (LendPath)

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