Hundreds of business leaders from around the UK will be joining a virtual event tomorrow celebrating women entrepreneurship.
The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which is run by small business support network Enterprise Nation, is taking place online on Friday, October 23.
The event usually sees hundreds of female founders descend on various Bristol locations to watch speakers and take part in networking.
Following the pandemic, the eight-year-old event will take place online this year for the first time.
Keynote speakers for 2020 include: The Apprentice contender Elizabeth McKenna; and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Seema Malhotra, who launched clothes firm Forever Unique in 2008 and is now worth £2.6million.
Emma Jones, founder of small business support network Enterprise Nation, said: “While it’s not going to be the same as meeting face-to-face, the festival is still a great way to meet new and remarkable entrepreneurs and network while keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in the entrepreneurial world.
“These are strange times, but entrepreneurs are seeing and seizing opportunity. Events like this share best practice and increase entrepreneurial confidence and positivity – at a time when we all need a boost.”
The event will take place as new research reveals equity-backed start-ups run by women are most likely to be hardest hit by the pandemic.
The Female Forum report, a project by think tank The Entrepreneurs Network, found women are more likely to run companies in the sectors worst affected by coronavirus, such as retail and hospitality.
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