"The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing"
- Walt Disney
I'm Lauren, Senior Operational leader, former startup founder and technology enthusiast.
I started my entrepreneurial journey when I was 7 selling apples by the side of the road from a rabbit hutch, and that was just the beginning. Since the "apple store", I've run two businesses (Zealify & Incredibli) and a blog (Female Founder Fridays), which you can read more about below. I'm passionate about innovation whether that is working on my own projects or working within companies. You can read more about me here.
I'm now working at Techstars as Senior Director of Operations. Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Read more about my Techstars journey and impact here.
Within my work at Techstars I've been able to build systems to scale, restructure & develop a remote team, create solutions to ensure global compliance and develop new opportunities to engage with our community.
For the past 3 years I've been the CEO of Zealify. Zealify helps high growth startups showcase their culture & build an employer brand. We gained investment and worked with world class clients.
Female Founder Fridays
Whilst running Zealify I began to search for ways to engage with successful female founders to understand their lessons learnt. The interviews quickly grew into a platform to showcase female role models.
After graduating from the University of East Anglia, I founded my first startup. Incredibli was a platform for splitting group payments such as holidays or presents.
Speaking & Mentoring
I've enjoyed speaking and mentoring at various events across the UK.
As featured in the Guardian, Radio 5 Live, Evening Standard, Startups.co.uk and more
More about Lauren
Read more about what has inspired me and my entrepreneurial journey.