Penningtons Manches is the founding sponsor of a new Oxford network called TechTonic which aims to address the lack of support for entrepreneurial women in the technology sector. The network will be announced at Venturefest Oxford 2016 at the King’s Centre, Osney Mead on 29 June 2016.
TechTonic is the brainchild of Penningtons Manches partner, Nicola McConville, a corporate lawyer specialising in the technology sector, who said: ”I heard about a ‘women in tech’ network in Cambridge on Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 and realised that, while there are programmes to support women in tech in the Oxford academic community and some networks to support women in the Oxford business community, there is nothing to bridge the gap.
“I hope that TechTonic can be that bridge and provide a channel of communication and support for all women interested in making a living from tech. There is clearly a huge untapped potential in the women of Oxfordshire and, if it could be harnessed, directed and supported in the right way, the companies and technologies which emerge could have global impact far beyond our immediate local economy.”
TechTonic’s first initiative at Venturefest is a consultative survey to gather information from potential members to ensure that the organisation meets their needs. While the new network is aimed at women, speakers at its events will include men and, when TechTonic is officially launched in October 2016, its programme of inspiring speakers will reflect this diversity.
Other sponsors and founder members of TechTonic include Venturefest Oxford, James Cowper Kreston, Oxford University Innovation Limited, the Innovation Forum, and serial entrepreneurs Nicky Chambers, Riham Satti and Joy Foster.
Nicola McConville will be speaking at the Venturefest breakfast session on the impact of Government strategy on technology and innovation.