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Next week sees the annual TheNextWomen Innovation Summit: an event aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship and the creation of an ecosystem of innovative women. The keynote speaker is none other than Neelie Kroes. The good news is that it is almost fully booked.

Europe, what is your plan as to the success of female entrepreneurs?

In order to increase the economic power of developing countries, many entrepreneurial and education programmes are initiated in of developing countries that focus on women.

Lara Morgan and Griselda Kumordzie TogoboWe interviewed Lara Morgan, British entrepreneur and the Founder of last week.

Desi McAdam on stage at the 'Ladies Who Code' Conference, teaching power poses!Alexandra Anghel is the Co-founder and CTO of Webcrumbz. Here she tells The NextWomen about a recent conference she attended, specifically for female programmers.

At the end of October I had the pleasure of attending a nice little conference called "Ladies Who Code". I sacrificed the first day of Mozilla Festival to attend it and to be honest I wasn't sorry at all.

For those of you who don't know, Ladies Who Code is an event that is organized in different cities across the world and celebrates "women who rock with commandline".

Clover Lewis reporter for The NextWomen shares some inspiring moments from the fourth We Own It Summit.Clover Lewis, who attended the fourth We Own It Summit as a reporter for The NextWomen, shares the top six inspirational and useful takeaways from the event.

Highlights for participants of the WOIS included several thought-provoking keynotes from entrepreneurial women like Janneke Niesson (Twitter: @janneke_improve), responding with expertise to the myriad of questions the audience fielded to them. Further highlights included 15 discussion salons held over the 2 days, with all attendees invited to engage in discussions covering a wide range of Summit-focused topics. Needless to say, each salon I attended was packed and lively, with speakers, panellists, and attendees all energetically contributing to the discussions and talks.

As this was the first WOIS I’ve attended (but certainly not my last!), I am excited to share this ‘mash up’ of interviews, high calibre advice, and inspirations gathered from the WOIS 2013 discussion:

The Global Pitch Competition at the We Own It SummitThe NextWomen Editorial Assistant Alyssa Davison reviews the Global Pitch Competition at the We Own It Summit, organised by Astia and The NextWomen.

Dare I proclaim that, with two events under my belt, I am well on my way to becoming a pitch veteran? The most recent event I attended, The Global Pitch Competition at the fourth annual We Own It Summit, really opened my eyes to how powerful a polished presentation can be. Read on to find out why...

Some context about the event itself: the Global Pitch Competition was the main event of the 2013 We Own It Summit, organised by Astia and The NextWomen. Competing for a cash prize of £20,000 (provided by the sponsors Technology Strategy Board, Microsoft and Astia Angel) five finalists had been selected to pitch their business models in front of six judges.

The NextWomen Europe Theme

Loïc Le Meur is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. Loïc co-founded the #1 European tech event LeWeb. Each year in Paris, LeWeb brings together in Paris 3,500 entrepreneurs, brands, geeks, investors and press from 76 countries. According to The Economist, "LeWeb is where revolutionaries gather to plot the future". LeWeb launched in London following its huge success in Paris and was acquired by Reed Exhibitions in 2012.

Before founding LeWeb, Loïc successfully started and sold four companies: a social networking app Seesmic, acquired by Hootsuite; one of the first blogging services in Europe, Ublog, acquired by Six Apart (now Say Media); a web hosting company, Rapidsite Franc,e acquired by France Telecom; and a web agency B2L acquired by BBDO (Omnicom group).

We are happy to be media partner of Web Summit 2013, a global gathering of the world's leading thinkers and doers in technology, taking place on October 30th - 31st in Dublin.

The Summit is not just for the planet's leading startups and technology companies, but for all businesses, large and small, who are being impacted by new technologies.

This year over 7,000 attendees will make the trip from all corners of the globe to hear from over 300 speakers across dozens of stages, workshops and roundtables catered to every sector.

This year’s speakers include some of The NextWomen's fantastic previous interviewees, such as Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of Indiegogo and one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology; Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO of Cindy Gallop LLC and IfWeRanTheWorld and Shelia Marcelo, Founder and CEO of, the largest online care destination in the world.

Jon Reynolds, Co-Founder & CEO, SwiftkeyThe NextWomen Europe Theme

Jon Reynolds is the Co-Founder & CEO of SwiftKey, the award-winning language technology company. He was named ‘Young Tech Entrepreneur of the Year’ (2013) at the Europioneers, and also achieved Highly Commended for ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the London Loves Excellence Awards.

Jon co-founded SwiftKey in 2008, aged just 22. It is now a globally successful company with a staff of 100. 

SwiftKey’s keyboard was the best-selling paid app on Google Play in 2012 and has been No 1 in over 50 countries. The company’s software is also preinstalled on tens of millions of mobile devices. It uses advanced natural language processing (NLP) to learn from each user and accurately predict their next word. SwiftKey has won a GSMA Award and a publicly-voted Webby and the company was recently ranked the 6th most innovative mobile business in the world by Fast Company.

Clover Lewis, reporter for The NextWomen, attended Astia’s We Own It Summit 'Tipping Point Awards Dinner' and afterwards caught up with Sallie Krawcheck, keynote speaker and Business Leader of 85 Broads.

The We Own It collaboration along with Thompson Reuters hosted the Tipping Point Awards Dinner, celebrating the European firms with the greatest number of investments in woman-led companies. Sallie Krawcheck, Business Leader of 85 Broads, delivered a most engaging keynote address for the event.

For those who do not know her: Sallie Krawcheck is a very successful woman. Said to be one of the most successful executives in financial services, her checklist of success includes (quoting her Twitter bio):

85 Broads...Past Head of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney....Investor....Board Member...Crazed UNC Basketball Fan....Mom

Sallie Krawcheck is also influential. A savvy social media maven; just last week she posted 'My Two Very Simple Rules for Networking’ on LinkedIn, talking about how to communicate with your network to greater effect through ‘pay it forward’ engagement, receiving over 150,000 readers within days. When Sallie talks, people listen.