Flying the flag for female entrepreneurship

By November 14, 2018Blog, Featured Article

The UK average of entrepreneurs that are female is just 17% – but we’re smashing that figure with our latest incubator cohort in East London! Over 40% of the entrepreneurs on our current programme are female founders. To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, we meet some of the women who are making an impact…

Sanskriti Dawle – co-founder of Thinkerbell Labs

Thinkerbell Labs have created the world’s first self-learning braille device. Called ‘Annie’, it’s designed to help solve the global problem of low braille literacy among visually impaired people. The idea was created when Sanskriti and her fellow co-founder Aman built a braille alphabet song box on a Raspberry Pi. Tech for good at its finest!

Sanskriti finds the community of start-ups on the Serious Impact programme invaluable and says: “Even just knowing the inspiring work others are doing to make a difference is so encouraging. More specifically, the experts and mentors in the programme sessions have given me some truly life changing advice about marketing and business development.”

Read Thinkerbell Labs full story here


Lotis Bautista – co-founder of Volo

Volo have built a career development platform that connects people with volunteering opportunities. Evidence shows that skilled volunteering leads to feeling more fulfilled at work, and Volo want volunteering to become an integrated part of career development.

Lotis says Volo have loved their time on the Serious Impact programme: “We’ve met so many inspirational entrepreneurs and mentors who show how important it is to put community at the heart of your decisions.”

Read Volo’s full story here

Volo also recently won a speed-pitching competition, which you can read about here


Madeline Petrow – co-founder of MAMOQ

MAMOQ are on a mission to change the fashion industry, working with over 60 brands on their online marketplace of ethical and sustainable style. MAMOQ is founded on the belief that our choices have an impact, and strive to encourage others to make conscious and informed decisions for a more sustainable future.

Madeline says: “In order for us to spark a movement of empowered shoppers, we also have to prioritise educating our community on the fashion industry, and the areas that can be improved.”

Read MAMOQ’s full story here

Applications are now open for the next Allia Serious Impact 9-month incubator programme in East London, which will commence in February 2019. Exclusively for entrepreneurs making an impact on people, planet or place. Find out more at: