Astia – Girl Geeks wanting to Start a Company…

Some of you may have already heard of Astia, well they have asked us to forward some info about them to our members, after all they are focused on funding companies being founded by women.  They are set up as a charity and they are looking to find some great future technology innovators… Anyway if you are considering starting up you own company then the details below may be of  interest to you…


Doing it Right isn’t about looking for funding. It’s about finding funding. If you want to know what to say to investors and how to say it, who better to ask than VCs and angel investors? They’ll be there. But that’s just the beginning. At Doing it Right, you’ll cultivate invaluable relationships with key players and get straight talk from leading experts on developing strategies that support high growth, building effective presentations and more.

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Key Dates
22 April: Application Deadline
11 – 14 May: London Doing it Right programme
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15 May: London Company Screening Day
18 June: London Investor Forum

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About Astia
Astia is a community of experts committee to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of high-potential, high-growth, women-led startups. Astia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For more information visit or contact A Hazard of Hearts move A American in Parisn full Jump In! dvdrip

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London Girl Geek Event (January 2009) Sponsored by HMRC

We’re thrilled to announce the first London Girl Geek event for 2009 sponsored by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to be held on Tuesday, 27th January at HM Treasury (Auditorium Left), just by the Houses of Parliament.

The informal event will commence with a drinks reception at 5.30pm followed by talks at 6pm, and will be compered by Michelle Wyer, Joint Chair of the HMRC Women’s Network. HMRC staff will also be attending.
If you’d like to attend, please book your place now at HMRC GGD (Eventbrite).

While following the usual informal Girl Geek event format, the evening will include talks with the following:

  • Deepak Singh, HMRC Acting Chief Information Officer: Deepak’s ExCom (Executive Committee) portfolio comprises Information Management Services. Deepak took on the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of HMRC in October 2007. Deepak joined HMRC in June 2006 from T-Mobile where he was an Executive Vice President responsible for IT Strategy, Governance, Quality Management and Change Management. Having graduated from York University in 1985, Deepak has spent over 20 years in the commercial sector and brings to HMRC extensive experience of leading large scale IT enterprises. Deepak’s previous employers include nPower, AstraZeneca, Jaguar Cars and Philips Electronics.
  • Joan Wood, Director HMRC Information Management Services (IMS): Joan has headed up IMS Business Partners since January 2008. She has worked in IT within HMRC and previously the Inland Revenue for over ten years. Joan joined the Civil Service as a teenager and has worked at all levels from Administrative Assistant to Senior Civil Servant inclusive in a diverse range of front-line and head office roles.

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Many thanks to Alma Kucera at HMRC for helping organise this event.

Full Details:

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, 27th January 2009, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
  • End Time: The event will finish at 8.30pm, with those interested flowing on to the Red Lion pub directly opposite 100 Whitehall around the corner.
  • Venue: HMT Auditorium Left, at HM Treasury Building, Westminster
  • Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • Food & Drink: Snacks and refreshments provided
  • Subject for the evening: Women Working with Technology at HMRC Men of Honor download
  • Format: Reception, Talks, Conversation
  • Capacity: 70 people (excluding HMRC attendees)
  • Attendees: As ever, boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek
  • Directions: Go to the HM Treasury Press entrance on Great George Street at the location marked with a red arrow and ENTRANCE on the below map. HMRC security will then either direct/take you to the appropriate entrance for the event being held in the HM Treasury Auditorium Left. If arriving by tube, leave Westminster Tube using Exit 6 which exits onto Whitehall, turn left at the top of the tube exit stairs, and then turn right onto Great George Street at the corner diagonally opposite the Houses of Parliament. The location should be well illuminated by tourists still taking photos of Big Ben across the road.

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If you’d like to attend on 27th January, please sign up via the HMRC GGD sign-up page, and we’ll see you at the event!

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London Girl Geek Dinner October Sponsored by Microsoft

Following the success of the London Girl Geek Dinner 3 year Anniversary we have been fortunate enough to gain access to Microsoft’s Auditorium for one of our biggest events yet.  We have an awesome speaker lineup including none other than the wonderful Julie Lerman of The Data Farm and the inspirational Dr Elizabeth Kelan bringing with them a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience for us all to learn from.

The Talks

Julie Lerman: “Defining the –ette in Geekette”

Twenty years ago, Julie Lerman learned that she had to act and dress like the guys in order to fit into the IT Industry. Today she’s found that the cover-up is no longer necessary. Many of her “girly” qualities have become advantageous in a world of geeks where she now speaks at conferences all over the world and has just finished writing her first programming book for O’Reilly Press. Julie will share with the London Girl Geeks some of this historical perspective and lessons learned.


Julie Lerman is an independent consultant and .NET Mentor who has been designing and writing software applications for over 20 years. Julie is the author of “Programming Entity Framework” (O’Reilly) and is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at conferences around the world and author of articles in many technical publications. Julie lives in the tiny U.S. state of Vermont where she runs the Vermont.NET User Group and serves on the board of the Vermont Software Developers Alliance. You can read Julie’s blog at

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Dr Elisabeth Kelan – Innovation, Technology and Gender Stereotypes

In this talk Dr Elisabeth Kelan will talk about two pieces of research she conducted at the Lehman Brothers Centre for Women in Business at London Business School ( The first research takes a look at the impact gender proportions have on innovation in teams. By studying knowledge intensive teams, the research shows that teams with equal proportions of men and women perform particularly well in regards to innovation indicators. In the second part of this talk, Elisabeth will address the importance of gender stereotypes at work. Drawing on examples from the Ladygeek research ( and cutting edge academic insights, Elisabeth will highlight why making gender stereotypes visible at work is crucial to work with them creatively.

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Dr Elisabeth Kelan is senior research fellow in the Lehman Brothers Centre for Women in Business at London Business School ( Elisabeth has researched best practices in relation to gender in organisations and gender, team composition and innovation. Elisabeth has also focused on gender relations in high-tech businesses, gender representations in popular management literature, and the so-called “glass-ceiling”. Her current research interests include identities in organisations, socialisation into organisational cultures, young professionals and technologies at work. Elisabeth has presented her research internationally, published widely, and has received various awards for her research. She has provided advice to supranational and business organisations and is co-authoring the Lady Geek blog ( with Belinda Parmar. She is also founder of Athena Associates (, a consultancy that specialises in advising organisations in respect to gender and diversity. Prior to her appointment at London Business School, Elisabeth worked at the University of Zurich as well as at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she also received her PhD.

If you would like to attend this event there are spaces for 150 people.  The details of the event can be found on our sign up page.

There are three rounds of tickets being released.

Round 1 9pm 15th September

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Round 2 7pm 16th September

Round 3 9pm 30th September

This should give people the opportunity to plan their time and be able to get hold of tickets for the event.

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