Every year Startup Grind hosts SG Women’s Month, recognizing incredible female leaders from all over the world. Throughout June, we’ll be hosting events worldwide, bringing together female entrepreneurs and CEO’s, startup leaders and investors who are shaping and funding the future of technology – especially in AI.

We hope you’ll join us during our tenth year to celebrate the power of #SGWomen on social media and through Startup Grind events happening all over the world, especially in London and Bali where we at Supreme Factory are organising events to honour goddesses and queens.

Celebrating Women Leaders - SGWomen London

The annual SG Women’s Summit in London is back on June 27th, 2024 at 6 PM BST at the in the Landmark Office Space – 99 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3XD. We’ve lined up 2 hours of invaluable advice and lessons learned from top female VCs, founders, and educators as well as networking with fellow female founders from your community.

Véronique Rapetti is an amazing trilingual, strategic and impact-focused Learning & Leadership professional with over 25 years of experience. She is a strong advocate for unlocking entrepreneurial skills and mindset to support personal and professional growth, innovation and new thinking. Véronique has worked with over 300 founders, large organizations, and various entrepreneurial projects, and is involved in several non-profit activities. She is fluent in French, Italian, and English, and has received prestigious awards for her contributions, including the Freedom of the City of London and the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.

Tonia Samsonova is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the AI platform for artists, Born in Russia, she became a well-known broadcast journalist, TV Anchor, and online editor before moving to London in 2013 as a foreign correspondent for the Echo of Moscow. Building on her media career, Samsonova founded the Russian-language news and opinion platform The Question in 2014, aged 28. She sold it five years later to ‘the Russian version of Google’, Yandex. Driven by her lifelong passion for art, in 2022 Samsonova founded, a platform which enables artists to easily train their own personalised AI model and scale their creative work, while keeping ownership of every image created and the model which created it. She lives in London and has four children.

Afiya Chohollo is a dynamic and visionary technology Founder & leader with a wealth of experience in driving technical innovation and strategy at the highest level. She is Cofounder of CloudFO, CloudFO is an AI finance colleague, bringing the power of Generative AI to Company finances. Just ask a question …and CloudFO performs complex analysis or forecast your key business metrics in seconds. Afiya embarked on this entrepreneurial journey after scaling Onfido’s AI platform as VP of Engineering for 5 years to serve thousands of clients and drive more than$120million in ARR, With Afiya’s expertise in program management and cross-functional leadership, Several engineering disciplines and technical execution; She has a proven track record to consistently deliver results. She has done so across various industries & organisation sizes from Manufacturing, eCommerce, education, FinTech and AI SaaS software. As well as being a published scientific researcher. She is a skilled communicator who applies a scientific approach to problem solving, regardless of the challenge at hand. Afiya’s ability to seamlessly switch between interpersonal, technical, theoretical, and practical considerations makes her a valuable asset.

Dr. Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe is the Chief Data and Technology Officer (CDTO) at Boon, an organisation that leverages AI, psychology, and human expertise to tackle significant societal challenges. She is also the co-founder of Beautiful Places AI, a venture utilising crowdsourced data and AI to generate detailed, high-resolution data about scenic locations worldwide. Dr. Seresinhe holds a PhD in Data Science from the University of Warwick, where she explored the impact of environmental aesthetics on human well-being using online datasets and deep learning. Her research, conducted at the University of Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute, has been highlighted in various global publications, including The Economist, Wired, The Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Scientific American, Newsweek, and MIT Technology Review. Before her data science career, Chanuki ran a successful digital design consultancy in London for over eight years.

Celebrating Women Leaders Bali

The annual SG Women’s Summit in Bali is back on June 27th, 2024 at 6 PM at the Lighthouse Studios. 

Dr. Anastasia Belikova, Modern Women Bali Founder. Originally from Russia, Dr Anastasia Belikova has been educated in the UK and Hong Kong, where she received her Ph.D. degree with research focus on narcissism. Today, she channels her passion into creating nurturing events and communities for women who have left home, as well as raising her 10-month daughter. Anastasia is a founder of Fesival du Feminine (Hong Kong) and MWB Festival (Bali), as well as Modern Women Bali – an introvert-friendly network of online and offline communities for women, and MWB magazine – smart fun magazine for smart fun women.

Antje Worring is a metaverse architect and multidisciplinary designer with over 10 years of experience in fashion, marketing as well as deep expertise in UI/UX, video production and 3D modeling as well as software engineering. She is also an advocate for animal and ocean conservation and has worked in the sustainability sector for over a decade. Antje’s career began at Karma Bikinis, where she has served as lead designer since June 2014. Antje worked as lead designer and also software engineer at Lux Partners, a multichain quantum secure privacy protocol. In this role, she worked on everything from the company’s branding, logo, website, and deck, to Web 3 interface, contributing greatly to the applications, branding, design and user experience. Antje has been the CEO of Zoo Labs, an animal conservation non-profit at the intersection of DeFi and the metaverse. In this role, she leads the design of the DeFi protocol, 3D models, animation, and video content and contributed as an engineer to the Web3 application and VR app. Antje’s unique vision and creativity have enabled her to take her design work to the blockchain and now metaverse, where she continues to create and innovate while never losing sight of her mission to have a positive impact in the world.

Melissa Kurtcan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Satoshi Twenty One (S21), a non-profit cryptocurrency and blockchain community of over 1,300 members. Based in Bali, Indonesia, Melissa is a passionate advocate for empowering communities and building improved business practices through blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs. She founded the sustainable business strategy consultancy Eurydice UK in 2019 and is focused on tokenizing green businesses, contributing to DAOs, and developing eco-conscious projects. With expertise in quantitative research, business ethics, and data-driven strategy, Melissa is a public speaker and start-up consultant driven by the vision of a more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive global society.

Suzanna Clark is on a mission to help ambitious women scale their digital services businesses to $100k+ through her company, the Female Leadership Collective. A former banker turned online entrepreneur, Suzanna – a tea-obsessed Brit, a Projector human design type, and a recovering over-achiever – had it all in her 20s, including the six-figure job and designer bags, yet was absolutely miserable. One day, Suzanna decided the risk to her mental health of staying was greater than the risk of leaving, so she quit her job, booked a one-way ticket to a tropical island, and started her new life. Since then, Suzanna has founded a mission-driven business that gives back, built her dream villa, helped countless women build and scale their online businesses, and even adopted a rescue puppy – all while using her numbers-loving sales expertise to support clients in growing their digital services companies to six-figures and beyond through her podcast, retreats, and the Female Leadership Collective.

Celebrating Women Leaders - SGWomen

Startup Grind, the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators, is hosting an event that will set the stage for an incredible year ahead. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned founder, or simply interested in the startup world, this event is for you! Our mission is to empower startups worldwide with the education and opportunities they need to thrive. We believe in fostering meaningful connections, giving selflessly, and supporting others on their entrepreneurial journeys.

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