Laptop Weekly’s Girls in UK Tech Rising Stars 2023

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By Calvin S. Nelson

One of the crucial generally cited causes that ladies keep away from becoming a member of the know-how sector is due to an absence of seen and accessible position fashions out there to assist them to envisage their path to the highest.

These roles fashions are vital, irrespective of their place on the profession ladder, and every year, Laptop Weekly’s checklist of Rising Stars goals to introduce folks to some new names within the know-how and variety sectors.

The Rising Stars class was launched in 2014 to showcase much more nice ladies within the UK’s know-how sector, and it’s frequent for many who seem within the Rising Stars checklist to then go on to hitch the checklist of the highest 50 Most Influential Girls in UK Tech in following years.

Some have even gone on to win that title, reminiscent of Stemettes CEO Anne-Marie Imafidon, and this 12 months’s winner, Suki Fuller, founding father of Miribure.

This 12 months’s Rising Stars are:

Esther O’Callaghan, founder,

In 2016, O’Callaghan based, an on-demand studying platform geared toward ending youth unemployment by training.

She can be the co-lead of each the Netherlands and Metaverse working teams at World Tech Advocates, in addition to a GTA advisory board member.

O’Callaghan is an angel investor at MyoMaster and, and till 2021 was an environmental, social and company governance (ESG) fund advisor for enterprise capital fund TribeFirst.

Jo Evershed, CEO, Gorilla Experiment Builder and Cauldron Science 

With earlier roles as a enterprise analyst and a background in enterprise and psychology, Evershed is now CEO at Gorilla Experiment Builder and Cauldron Science, each of which offer software program for behavioural analysis to assist researchers and college students simply construct on-line check environments to gather and use knowledge for experiments.

She was beforehand a finalist for the Innovate UK Girls in Innovation Awards for her work creating Gorilla Experiment Builder.

Vivi Friedgut, founder and CEO, Blackbullion  

Centered on training, Friedgut based Blackbullion in 2017, a platform designed to assist younger folks study extra about cash administration.

She can be a member of the advisory group for strategic physique Edtech UK, and has gained a number of awards for her work as a founder and entrepreneur.

Akua Opong, know-how mentor, Cajigo

In addition to her work as a mentor at each the TechUp mentor programme for Durham College and on the Cajigo app, Opong is a freelancer and senior affiliate of service administration for EMEA finish person computing on the London Inventory Change Group.

Till earlier this 12 months, she was a part of the Metropolis of London Company volunteer advisory group for equality, variety and inclusion, and was additionally beforehand an advisory board member for Neurodiversity in Enterprise.

Opong was a contributor for Voices within the Shadows, the guide of black feminine position fashions created by the 2022 Laptop Weekly Most Influential Girl in UK Tech, Flavilla Fongang.

Janet Collyer, chair, Quantum Cube; and member, UK Semiconductor Advisory Panel

Collyer wears a number of hats throughout the rising applied sciences enviornment, together with as chair of quantum developer Quantum Cube, member of the UK’s Semiconductor Advisory Panel, chair of Machine Discovery and as a non-executive director for the Aerospace Know-how Institute.

She began her profession in semiconductor know-how in 1982 at Fairchild (now a part of ON Semiconductor) earlier than rising by the ranks in digital design and computational software program agency Cadence Design Programs for 30 years, till leaving in 2020 to start her present endeavours.

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