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Kate Jackson, Founder of Tablecrowd and  winner of The NextWomen Pitch Event tells her story about leaving the legal sector to fulfil her ambition to start her own business with her brother.

KJ: In a past life I was a commercial lawyer, advising clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations on commercial, contract, advertising and IP issues. I enjoyed the work, loved my boss but in terms of my vision for the future, as the months ticked by I found that I never aspired to be a partner in that organisation.

And, if you don’t aspire to be the top dog in the place you work then my view is that you are probably in the wrong place.

A brief introduction: I'm Alyssa, and since January of this year I've been working with The NextWomen interning as an editorial assistant. I've had the opportunity to immerse myself in this wonderful community and, most recently, had the pleasure of attending the NextWomen pitching event in London on 30th April.

It was an evening of firsts: For some pitchpreneurs it was their first experience pitching and for some guests (including myself) it was an introduction to events of this kind. Filled with enthusiasm at making my début in the NextWomen community, I headed to the venue (beautiful offices over looking St Pauls Cathedral, provided by our sponsor, Orrick) early in order to see the workshop which preceeded the evening event.

The NextWomen and Astia are hosting the Global Pitch Competition in collaboration with the 2013 We Own It Summit June 27-28 in London.

In this interview Heather Boggini of PSDNetwork asks Simone for an overview of the pitch competition including who should apply; what to expect; and how each applicant and finalist benefits from the competition.

Istanbul to host female entrepreneurs and business leaders at Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network global event 2013, with a theme of 'Pay It Forward'.

On 2nd June, the fourth annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network global event will kick off in Istanbul, Turkey.  As a vibrant city in one of the fastest growing markets in the world, Istanbul will host over 200 inspirational female entrepreneurs, business leaders and media from the Americas, EMEA and APJ.

GIRLS ON IT & ACELERATECH PRESENT Women + Entrepreneurship: The Opportunities & Challenges from a Local & Global Perspective 

The evening will feature a diverse group of successful and aspiring women entrepreneurs and will take place in São Paolo at the post-graduate campus of ESPM on Tuesday, May 14th from 7 – 11pm.

The keynote address will be delivered by Susan Fonseca; Founding Architect of Singularity University based in Silicon Valley and Founder of Women at the Frontier, an explosive forum highlighting female change-agents that are leveraging exponential technologies and innovative platforms to address global grand challenges. She will be discussing the global perspective of women entrepreneurs to highlight some key female change-makers and their companies, but also discussing some of the challenges that still exist. 

Astia and The NextWomen present the 2013 Global Pitch Competition in collaboration with the 2013 We Own It Summit.

This annual event seeks to showcase the most promising woman-led companies from around the world and will invite finalists to compete for cash prizes, global visibility and the chance to pitch in front of an international audience at the Fourth Annual We Own It Summit in London on June 27.

Applications are open until New Date: June 1, 2013! Click here to apply.











This week, innovation is on top of the agenda in Amsterdam. First, the European Commission, lead in this instance by Neelie Kroes has awarded European the most successful companies the Europioneers Prize.

The NextWomen is happy to be able to provide information on The Pioneers for Change Leadership Programme through knowledge partner Adessy Associates.

A NEW experiential learning programme is being launched for high net-worth women and younger next generation philanthropists who want to do more than write a cheque to help address some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Developed by social investment and philanthropy advisory practice Adessy Associates, The Pioneers for Change Leadership Programme aims to provide unbiased decision-making guidance to understand the myriad of opportunities in philanthropy and the social investment field.

Tales from SXSW: An entrepreneur’s first time.

Deciding to venture into the SXSW territory is certainly a decision one must make well in advance. It is as though the domestic world has come to a halt because everyone is headed to Austin during these 9 days. Ticket prices are unheard of (think like $1,400 for a one way price), hotel and airbnb rentals are insane (I am from Texas, so when I saw airbnb rentals for $700 per night, I knew that they made their month’s rent from just SXSW) to top it all, your lifestyle during your stay there is probably the worst ever (think liquids … all liquids!). 

Spring was in the air at last month's Own It Ventures Conference and Pitch Expo at the City University of NY (CUNY) Graduate Center. The ground floor of the building was bustling at 8am with a busy yet inviting atmosphere. Over 200 women filled the center, all entrepreneurs eager to trade their start-up stories and secrets to success.

The day began with opening remarks by Own It Ventures Founder Melissa Cloeter and Julie Pilas, owner of The Elephant Nose Pet Store and the reigning Product Pitch Tank champ.

Taking to my reporter-for-a-day role, I made it a point to visit as many “pitch rooms” as I could. The judges in the Media pitch room were three women representing leading news outlets USA Today, Forbes and the Huffington Post. Laura Petrecca,  USA Today Deputy Bureau Chief and Reporter, had mentioned that she was expecting to see a variety of women at various stages in their startups. Following up with Laura after the event, her response was both positive and inspired, “I walked away once again reminded of how creative entrepreneurs can be. It was also amazing to see that great ideas came from women of all ages.  If someone has a viable idea – and the passion to pursue it – age shouldn’t be a deterrent.”