Support network for women in tech launched

A network that will help women in Wales to progress in technology careers launched last week.

Digital Women Wales is a new mentorship scheme providing women working in the Welsh tech sector with advice and support from peers and role models.

Supported by digital growth organisation Innovation Point and fintech giant GoCompare, the initiative is free of charge and will consist of a monthly meetup.

Mentors on the scheme include MiFuture founder Gemma Hallett, BeTheSpark CEO Caroline Thompson and GoCompare director of group data Natalie Jakomis.

Gemma said: “Mentors have been invaluable at all stages of my career, from my time as an international rugby player for Wales through to teaching and then embarking on a tech entrepreneurship journey.

“As you grow in your career or as a company, it’s vital that you level up your mentors and continue to make connections with people who can share different insights and experiences.  Digital Women Wales is a great opportunity for women in the tech sector here to do just that.”

The monthly breakfast meetup events will take place at alternating venues across Wales, the first of which took place at Milk & Sugar in the Old Library on March 28th.
They’ll explore themes such as finance, talent and leadership while providing opportunities for delegates to network and build relationships with industry insiders.

Jo Golley, head of engagement at Innovation Point said: “It’s a sad reality that in 2019, half of Wales’ working population face barriers each day which stop them from reaching their career potential.  It’s fair to suggest that this is magnified in the male-dominated tech sector.

“To push half the talent pool to one side is economically ridiculous.  Digital Women Wales is our way of working alongside leaders in the sector to change this, from the front.”

Hannah Fry, talent acquisition business partner at Digital Women Wales sponsor GoCompare, added: “We work hard at GoCompare to tackle the underrepresentation of females in STEM roles and are seeing significant growth in the diversity and talent of our tech teams.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Innovation Point on Digital Women Wales; it is important to us to celebrate the successes of women working in the technology industry and helping to nurture budding talent entering or developing in this field.”